Tomasz Adamek should probably be rated as one of the better pound-for-pound fighters of the past decade. Prior to campaigning at heavyweight, he captured world titles at light heavyweight and cruiserweight.
At heavyweight, Adamek has continued to be world class. He's beaten much larger men, including Chris Arreola in April 2010. But when he took his shot at Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight belt in September 2011, it was a classic case of a good big man beating a good small man. Adamek fought with valor and heart but was simply overwhelmed by the gigantic elder Klitschko brother.
Adamek hasn't gone away since that loss and recorded solid, if very close, decision victories over Eddie Chambers and Steve Cunningham in 2012. At 36, he still looks to have enough left to be a factor in the division, especially if the WBC decides to vacate the now-inactive Vitali Klitschko's belt.
I thought Vyacheslav Glazkov should have lost in his draw against Malik Scott last year. Still, the fight represented a huge step up in quality of opposition for Glazkov, and he showed tremendous durability and a deep gas tank.
He's a meaningful test for Adamek, and if Glazkov can manage to win here, he will deserve to be regarded as one of the young lions of the division.