By Jake Donovan
Biding his time while awaiting his own shot at a
heavyweight title, Vyacheslav Glazkov returns to the ring this weekend. The
unbeaten contender faces Derrick Rossy in a scheduled 10-round bout, which
headlines live on NBC Sports Network from Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem,
The venue has proven to be a gracious host to Glazkov,
boasting two of the biggest wins of his young career. His debut under Main
Events came in Dec. 12 live on NBCs flagship station, forcing Tor Hamer to
quit after four rounds. The main event that afternoon saw Tomasz Adamek escape
with a controversial decision win over Steve Cunningham in their heavyweight
Nearly 15 months later, Glazkov and Adamek reunited at
the venue, this time in a head-on collision. A former light heavyweight and
cruiserweight champ, Adamek wound up biting off more than he can chew as
Glazkov pounded out a decisive points win this past March, inching closer
towards a shot at lineal heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko.
A native of Ukraine, Glazkov now spends his days in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, where manager Egis Klimas has his unbeaten heavyweight
learning from renowned trainer and former middleweight titlist John David
Jackson. The same team guides the careers of light heavyweight knockout Sergey
Kovalev who just scored a 2nd round knockout of Blake Caparello
last weekend in Atlantic City and current light heavyweight prospect Vasily
Lepikhin, who appears on this weekends televised undercard.
Already one of the best heavyweights in the world,
Glazkov believes the adjustments in his career will make him even more
I had a great training camp with John David Jackson,
said Glazkov (17-0-1, 11KOs). Im anxious to show off what I learned, when we
enter the ring on Saturday night.
Glazkov has remained a fixture in the NBC Sports Network
Fight Night series, with Saturdays bout marking his 6th consecutive
appearance on the circuit. In Rossy, the 29-year old gets a durable journeyman
coming off of the best win of his career, having upset heavyweight prospect Joe
Hanks this past May on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.
I have to admit, I was a bit
surprised we got the call, with Derrick coming off the big upset, admits Sal
Musumeci, Rossys promoter. I applaud (Glazkov). Hes the #2 heavyweight in
the world (in the IBF rankings). He could just act like the other heavyweights,
sit back and wait for his shot at the title. Hes got big balls.
Given his stance as a leading
heavyweight, Glazkov accepts no credit for taking this fight. If anything, he views
his opponent as the one taking the risk.
I credit Derrick Rossy for
taking this fight, Glazkov insists. Its going to be a fight. The stronger
fighter is going to win.
Jake Donovan is the
Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member
of Boxing Writers Association of America.
Tags: Derric Rossy , Vyacheslav Glazkov