By Jake Donovan
The lone loss of Tor Hamer’s career – a six-round split decision to Kelvin Price in 2010 – has taken on two very different perspectives in the past few months. The New Yorker’s winning efforts in the U.K. Prizefighter tournament in June helped cast Price’s earlier win in a brighter light during the buildup for his twice-scheduled heavyweight clash against Deontay Wilder.
Once Wilder crushed Price inside of three rounds last weekend, the question later posed was, ‘Tor Hamer lost to that guy?’
It’s all water under the bridge for Hamer (19-1, 12KO), who doesn’t seem to let much of anything get to him. The charismatic heavyweight has reeled off eight straight wins (including three in the aforementioned Prizefight tournament) and is now rewarded with a fight on free network television.
The showcase comes with tremendous risk, however, as he faces unbeaten Ukrainian heavyweight Vyacahaslev ‘Czar’ Glazkov (13-0, 9KO). The bout serves as the chief support to the rematch between Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham, with both fights airing live on NBC from the Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA (Saturday,4PM ET).
Hamer is up for the challenge, as evidenced by his calm demeanor during Thursday’s pre-fight conference in Bethlehem. He didn’t even take offense to leaked information regarding time spent in camp with Adamek in preparation for Saturday’s fight.
“Those sessions were supposed to be a secret, but I guess the cat is out of the bag,” Hamer joked when asked what he gained from training with Adamek. “I had a couple of good sessions with Tomasz. I got to pick his brain about fighting guys from Eastern Europe. It’s an important fight. This is the biggest fight of (Glazkov’s) career; this is the biggest fight of my career.”
The fight is scheduled for eight rounds, which means nothing more than bragging rights at stake for either fighter. It’s a fitting crossroads test for both fighters, each of whom naturally predict a victory.
How Hamer plans to go about doing that will have to wait until Saturday for the game plan to be revealed. Based on his preparation with Adamek and his own view of Glazkov, though, the American believes he knows what’s coming and is not the least bit concerned.
“Most Eastern European fighters are pretty predictable,” Hamer believes. “Not to say he’s not qualified, but he’s orthodox. I expect he’s going to hit hard. He has a good right hand, a good jab. He’s going to try to hit me in the face and he’s going to call me names, but I won’t understand what he’s saying so it won’t bother me.”
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox