By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Main Events
“This is the million dollar question: ‘Which Adamek and which Glazkov will we see in the ring on March 15?’ Adamek is the most dangerous when his back is against the wall, Glazkov wants the recognition, is hungry to prove himself,” – said Main Events vice-president and matchmaker Jolene Mizzone in a Fightnews.com interview. Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) and Vyacheslav Glazkov (16-0, 11 KOs) will collide on Saturday night’s NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” main event.
Forgetting all the alphabet soup rankings, how good is “Czar” Glazkov? A top 10, top 20 heavyweight in the world?
Jolene Mizzone: Top ten, no doubt. With couple of exceptions, nobody knows how good the current crop at heavyweight is. Even if Glazkov didn’t fight best of them yet, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t belong in this group. Czar is undefeated. He earned that.
Malik Scott was the best fighter Glazkov ever fought. Very close fight, a draw.
Scott was always a fighter nobody wanted to fight. I’m not saying that he is a world beater, but has this very tough style. You never look good when you fight Malik. And it was only the 14th fight for Glazkov, there was a lot of expectation, media stories about how good “Czar” is. He learned a lot from this fight, like he learned when he fought Tor Hamer.
Speaking about Glazkov as a matchmaker, not a promoter, what you value the most?
His mental strength, mental ability. There are fighters you have to push to fight and there are the ones you have to stop from jumping there. “Czar” has a very successful, long amateur career but as a professional, compared to Adamek he’s a kid. You can’t even compare that. He wanted to fight Adamek a long time ago when Tony Grano was injured, when we were looking for replacements. We had to tell him that it makes no sense for him, that he’s not ready. But he wanted this fight so bad, he believed in himself. I saw this determination again last November when Adamek got sick and Glazkov had to fight, with 72 hours notice always game Garrett Wilson. Not taking anything from Garrett, but Glazkov was disappointed. He swallowed his pride and fought well. Another valuable lesson.
We’ve talked a lot about Glazkov gaining experience, getting ready to face a fighter of Adamek’s caliber. They were sparring partners for almost three weeks – who would this knowledge benefit the most?
I always believed that how good you are in training camp and what you show on fight night are two separate boxing lives. Some fighters are nothing during sparring and shine when it counts, sometimes the opposite is also true. But in this case, I believe on March 15 that this experience would be more valuable for Glazkov. This is the million dollar question – which Adamek and which Glazkov we will see in the ring March 15? Adamek is the most dangerous when his back is against the wall. Glazkov wants the recognition, is hungry to prove himself on the big stage.
This is an IBF eliminator, with the winner getting #2 spot in the IBF rankings with maybe just one fight away from close encounter with Wladimir Klitschko. Why “the IBF road” for Adamek?
This is boxing, nothing is set in stone, you have to deal with behind the scenes politics. Maybe if Bryant Jennings would have accepted our offer to fight Adamek last November, we wouldn’t have this conversation about Glazkov today. Main Events, as a Adamek’s promoter, wants for him the best possible fights – because in the end everybody wins. But fighters know what Adamek brings to the table, they know how hard you have to work when you fight him. Would, for example, the Deontay Wilder camp accept Adamek? No way. Would a rematch with Cris Arreola be something we’d like to make? Of course. But this is boxing. Nothing is so simple.
What we should know about Glazkov, what are we missing watching him?
How good defensively he is. I’m not saying that he’s the heavyweight version of Floyd Mayweather Jr, but he controls the fight with his defense. He never panics, knows what to do. Of course, to beat Adamek you have bring your offensive skills, because Tomasz will not give you anything, he’s too smart for that. Adamek-Glazkov is a fight fans will love because we have no idea what will happen next Saturday in Bethlehem.