By Carlos Boogs, photos by Piotr Duszczyk/Ringpolska.pl
The final press conference is in the books, and World Boxing Organization cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (26-0, 16KOs) came face to face with his mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9KOs) of Ukraine.
The fight was officially announced in June at a press conference in Poland, and the two of them will collide on Saturday night at the 15,000 seat Ergo Arena in Gdansk - and a very electric crowd is expected.
This past April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Glowacki made a voluntary defense against former IBF champion Steve Cunningham. He scored four knockdowns on route to a twelve round unanimous decision win.
Uysk, an Olympic gold medal winner, is being fast-tracked to the belt and wanted to face the champion sooner than later. He was due to take an interim-fight to stay busy, but suffered an injury in camp and now heads straight to a world title shot. Usyk was last seen in the ring back in December when he stopped heavyweight contender Pedro Rodriguez in seven rounds.
Glowacki captured the world title last August with a knockout victory over longtime champion Marco Huck of Germany. He suffered some injuries to his hand and elbow during the contest and required surgery.