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Glazkov Fends off Adamek's Late Rally, Wins Decision

By Cliff Rold

Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Whether he ever proves a serious threat to World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko or not, 29-year Vyacheslav Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KO) of Lugansk, Ukraine, established himself as a legitimate contender Saturday night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a battering twelve-round unanimous decision over Poland’s 37-year old former WBC Light Heavyweight and Lineal World Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek (49-3, 29 KO). 

Glazkov weighed in for the bout at 218 ¼, Adamek at 219 ¾.  The referee was Gary Rosato.

Through the first three rounds, it was the younger man using the jab to swell the eyes of Adamek with the right eye looking the worse of the pair.  Adamek attempted to jab back but he was repeatedly beat to the punch and Glazkov’s right hand slowly emerged as a hammering factor.

It didn’t get any better in the next two rounds.  Adamek wore a mask of despair as he begged his body to respond and felt his face swell even more with each smacking Glazkov blow.  By the end of the fifth, Adamek looked every bit of the 37-years old he is and victory appeared far away.

Adamek was doing marginally better in the sixth, landing a good right hand early on, but by the final minute it was Glazkov raking with power shots to the face again.  Adamek closed with a nice right and Glazkov left with a blemish under the left eye.

Glazkov caught Adamek with a right to start the seventh.  A break in the action was called to fix the tape on one of Glazkov’s gloves.  The rest did nothing to aid Adamek’s closing left eye.  Glazkov rocked Adamek with a right hand but the veteran collected himself and continued to fight back hard.  The older man had his moments in the eight but, again, it was the right hand of Glazkov owning the round.  Adamek was hurt in the final minute and closed the frame shaky.

The tape needed repair on the right glove of Glazkov again in the ninth.  It might have been the best moment of the round for Adamek whose face was made even more a mass of wreckage with each nasty piece of Glazkov leather.

Glazkov slowed down in the tenth and Adamek took advantage, letting his hands move and maybe getting his first round in a while.   Glazkov let the momentum continue to tilt away in the eleventh as one could wonder if fatigue was setting in against veteran moxie.  With moments to go in the final round, it was Adamek who seemed to wobble Glazkov just a bit to close a strong late rally and make what had been a one-sided fight for a long stretch a potential nail biter.

Thankfully, the judges watched the whole fight closely, proven at scores of 117-110, 117-111, and 116-112 for Glazkov.

Glazkov, speaking through an interpreter, pointed to how tough it was to go twelve full rounds for first time.  Adamek, always a class act, was gracious in defeat.  After a couple fights teetering on the edge of defeat recently, Adamek finally went over.  Time is not one his side if he wants to continue on as a serious contender.

Adamek entered the bout rated #4 by the IBF, Glazkov #10.  Expect a significant change in the days ahead. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Di Stefano on 03-16-2014

This loss can be decisive for Adamek at his age. Either way, he lost against a solid and promising fighter and credit to him for giving it his all until the last second.

Comment by ScottWeiland on 03-16-2014

I was a little surprised by scores.Adamek simply didn't have any punch variation,a double left jab for the first seven rounds,largely ineffectual after the second ! Very disappointed after last nights performance.i took more encouragement from the commentary team believing…

Comment by Tobi.G on 03-16-2014

Thats it for Adamek. I dont think he will be relevant ever again.

Comment by Cuban Linx on 03-15-2014

I picked Glazkov to win, and I'm glad he won. Adamek's face was a mess from all the jabs that Glazkov fed him. His right side of his face was a swollen mess. Big win for Glazkov. Have him fight…

Comment by joe strong on 03-15-2014

adamek's a true warrior. I have to watch the first 9 rounds tomorrow as I only saw 10 through 12... he looked beat up to me. that could be it as he stated his championship shot will be impossible to…

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