Ukrainian heavyweight puncher Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov, 13-0, 9 KOs, intends to school the already well-educated Tor Hamer, 19-1, 12 KOs, when they meet in the ring at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, in PA, Saturday, December 22nd. The 8-round heavyweight contest is part of a big nationally televised doubleheader that will be broadcast on NBC, beginning at 4PM ET. The headline bout is a 12-round rematch between Tomasz “Goral” Adamek and Steve “USS” Cunningham for the IBF North American heavyweight title.
Lately New York-born Hamer has been making waves and getting ink as a promising prospect in the heavyweight division. He’s won eight in a row including a unanimous nod over title-challenger Kevin Johnson, and has been singled out as a future American hopeful for world championship honors.
Much of the hoopla surrounding Hamer is the fact that he carries educational credentials far superior than those of most boxers. The son of a Harvard-educated father and Villanova-graduate mother, Hamer grew up attending private schools, and holds a B.A. Degree from Penn State University. Truly a rarity in the boxing world.
A veteran of 13 professional fights, mostly in Russia, Czar has faced a number of Eastern European standouts. But it is his vast amateur pedigree that gives him the edge in ring experience that he will use to become the professor against Hamer. In his pre-pro tenure, Glazkov faced a “who’s who” of international boxing at the World Amateur Boxing Championships, World University Championships, the Strandya Cup, and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where he won the Bronze Medal.
Czar’s goal is to capitalize on this opportunity by beating Hamer impressively on national television and making a name for himself in this, just his second appearance in the United States. If he can score a knockout against Hamer, Czar Glazkov will certainly go to the head of the class.