By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
On November 16, in front of another big audience on the NBC network, 36-year old heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) will be tested by unbeaten, eight years younger Vyacheslaw “The Czar” Glazkov (15-0, 11 KsO). Ukrainian Glazkov, a silver medal winner at the 2007 World Championships, bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, wants what Adamek already has – a world class reputation and high world ranking. Adamek, a former WBC light heavyweight champion and IBF cruiserweight champion, wants another shot at heavyweight belt. “Glazkov is strong, he can hit, he likes to mix it up. It’s a fact. How will he handle my movement, my hand speed, my experience and precision – it’s a different story. But it sounds like fight everyone would like to see,” said Adamek in Fightnews.com interview.
We started with speculations about you fighting Bryant Jennings, ended with NBC on November 16 fight against Vyacheslaw “The Czar” Glazkov.
Similar fighters. Bryant maybe tougher, Vyacheslaw maybe better when it comes to pure boxing skills.
You don’t like to fight your sparring partners but in November you will fight a man who just recently spend with you three weeks in the gym.
This is why fights like this are tricky, they always learn something, remember something. Especially a fighter like Glazkov, with a significant amateur career but a short one as a professional. He’s a smart, likable guy, but I like him a little less now (laughing).
Before you fought Guinn, there were speculations about Glazkov giving you a very hard time during sparring sessions. We spoke about it before privately, when Vyacheslaw was not your next opponent – could you address this rumor now?
I was laughing then and I’m laughing now. He started well, hit me a couple of times, but after I got my legs, my rhythm, all of this ended. Quickly. Glazkov is strong, he can hit, he likes to mix it up. It’s a fact. How will he handle my movement, my hand speed, my experience and precision – it’s a different story. But it sounds like a fight everyone would like to see.
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Adamek’s trainer, Roger Bloodworth, when asked about the significance of Glazkov being Goral’s main sparring partner for three weeks just a few months ago, before the August fight with Dominick Guinn, just shrugs: “I know reporters will make a big deal of it, but for me there’s no issue here. I will use some of the stuff I did see when they were sparring and I’m sure Glazkov’s trainers will do the same. But make no mistake – sparing is not fighting. Different gloves, headgear, different approach. No doubt Glazkov learned a little being in the camp with such an experienced fighter like Tomek, but he did not learn how to beat him. Two fighters sparing and fighting later is no big deal. Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes did that for 2-3 years and they fought later for championship belt. I expect, especially in the beginning, a very aggressive, forward moving Glazkov who will try to take this fight to Tomek. This is not just another fight – there’s the #2 IBF spot on the line. No doubt Adamek must have his A-game on November 16, but I can’t answer the question if this will be the toughest fight for him since the Vitali Klitschko bout. We have wait and see, they didn’t fight yet.”