Tomasz "Goral" Adamek (49-2, 29 KO) has had himself a solid career. His only losses came to Chad Dawson—when Adamek was a light heavyweight—and to Vitali Klitschko. There's no shame in losing to either of those former champions.
Now 37 years old, Adamek is looking for one more shot at the heavyweight crown. On Saturday, from the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., Adamek will take on undefeated 29-year-old Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov (16-0-1, 11 KO).
This bout was originally supposed to happen in Nov. 2013, but Adamek fell ill and it was postponed.
The fight will be broadcast as a part of the NBC Sports Fight Night Series. Both men have fought on the network in the past and hope to put on a show en route to a victory.
Here's how you can watch the action.
When: Saturday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pa.
TV: NBC Sports Network
The Book on Adamek
While he isn't a huge puncher, Adamek is dangerous and he possesses a granite chin. Only Klitschko was able to stop him.
The question for Adamek at this point in his career is: Can he still perform at a level high enough to consider himself a legitimate contender? He's won five straight bouts, including an exciting—and controversial—split decision over Steve Cunningham in 2012.
It was a rematch of their 2008 bout that Adamek also won by split decision. He has fought only once since the second win over Cunningham. That was a unanimous decision over Dominick Guinn in Aug. 2013.
Though his skills don't appear to have eroded, there's still questions as to when Goral will begin to slip. Don't look for him to show a lack of confidence.
He told Lem Satterfield of The Ring Magazine:
"I don't think about losing, because I'm a warrior. If you're thinking about that, then you had better not go into the ring. But I'm a warrior."
We'll see if the warrior can take down a young lion on Saturday.
The Book on Glazkov
If Wladimir Klitschko falls off any time soon, the Ukraine has a young heavyweight who might be good enough to grab a world title. Glazkov's best days could still be ahead of him.
He's undefeated through 17 fights with one draw. That fight also appeared on NBC Sports Network and the decision was even more controversial than the one in the Adamek-Cunningham rematch.
Veteran heavyweight Malik Scott appeared to outbox Glazkov and earn the decision victory. Instead, he had to settle for a draw after the judges' scorecards were read.
Here's how Joe Santoliquito of The Ring Magazine summarized the result and decision:
What a joke. The only one not laughing, regrettably, was Malik Scott.
After what appeared to be his most impressive performance in years, after taking his aggressive opponent, Vyacheslav Glazkov, to school for most of their NBC Sports Net-televised 10 rounder in Huntington, N.Y., Scott’s sterling outing on Saturday was awarded with a draw.
Since then, Glazkov has taken down Byron Polley and Garrett Wilson. Neither are big names, but the wins might have allowed Glazkov to regain confidence he might have lost against Scott.
As Glazkov readies himself to get back in the ring with another experienced and dangerous veteran, will he perform better this time around?
Adamek is a tough guy who will do anything to win a fight. He's been known to use his head and anything else to gain an advantage. He's also a skilled boxer who can take a licking. His power could give Glazkov an issue as well.
The Ukrainian hasn't been in the ring with a lot of real mashers.
Adamek isn't the biggest puncher, but he's accurate and effective in countering situations. He can make his opponents respect him.
Unless Adamek shows his age in this one, he should hand Glazkov a loss via wait for it…split decision.
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