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Olexandr Usyk vs WBO Champ Krzysztof Glowacki

The latest Ukrainian juggernaut, Oleksandr Usyk, 9-0-0, 9 KO, will challenge the WBO World Champion, Krzysztof Glowacki, 26-0-0, 16 KO, at Ergo Arena, Gdansk in Poland this Saturday, September 17th.

Usyk won the Heavyweight Gold Medal at 2012 Olympics and looks like the real deal save for his inexperience. I wouldn’t give him much of a chance right now against most title holders, but then I don’t know anything of Glowacki’s ama background. What I do know about the Pole is that he looks a bit soft at the weight and may not have been the best boxer, but he’s been boxing professionally since 2008 and game as all get out. Also packs a big punch to make up for his shortcomings as he showed when he KTFO out of longtime cruiser champ Marco Huck to win his title. Then he defended against former champ and long time contender Steve Cunningham by means of multiple knockdowns and looked to have improved his ability and boxing style, so Krazy is in the serious hurt business to stay for the duration.

As you can see, Usyk has some good size in height and reach over Glowacki, so he’s at least got that going for him as well as the natural talent advantage. In short, might as well throw the dice for this fight. Looks like an ol’ fashioned ding dong slugfest to me, the fans’ favorite, so let’s hope Usyk gets a fair shake in Poland.

This is Glowacki’s homecoming as a champion, so I expect the absolute best out of him as you can see from the above photo. He’s pumped and Usyk looks ready to rumble, exactly the way it should always be in boxing.

Who Gets Poleaxed? Tomasz Adamek vs Artur Szpilka

Polish legend Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-3, 29 KO) and aspiring Polish legend Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (16-1, 12 KO) will be cracking hard noggins come November 8 in Krakow, Poland.

 

The Pin vs Goral

The Pin vs Goral

Adamek as a two division multi-belt holder is obviously more credentialed than Artur Szpilka, but the 25 year old Szpilka is still young and fresh and game as hell as his last fight against Bryant Jennings proved earlier this year. I would nominate that fight as a strong Fight of the Year contender. We also know this bout is for the defacto King of Poland title by two aggressively offensive type fighters. The soon to be 38 year old Adamek is grizzled and slowly slipping into the inevitable decline of advanced years, but he still managed to give a closing round tussle in his recent loss to undefeated contender Vyacheslav Glazkov in a fight more competitive than he got credit for.

This is likely the best ever all Polish matchup in history, a high stakes all action highly competitive fight between two heavyweight contenders with the winner perhaps being in line for a title shot next year. The vacant IBF International heavyweight title will be up for grabs, so good show gentlemen for this classic, the old lion willing to test the mettle of an up and coming young lion.

 

Heavyweights Bryant Jennings & Artur Szpilka Vie For Top 10 Ranking

Finally, after near a decade of corpulent lethargy, the first of America’s big men this year will actively look to crack what used to be their native born birthright as heavyweight contenders and champions starting Saturday, January 25th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Rising fringe contender American Bryant “By-By” Jennings, 17-0, 9 KO goes against Polish rival Arthur “The Pin” Szpilka, 16-0, 12 KO in a 10 round battle of closely matched undefeated records.

Artur Szpilka

Artur Szpilka

If nothing else their ring aliases will breathe a some fresh air into the run of the mill copy cats Cobra, Hitman, and other standard fearsome aliases that seldom match the fighters. They’re also matched well by size with Szpilka at 6-3, 230+plus to Jennings 6-2, 220+plus. Szpilka reach not noted in boxrec, but certainly Jennings’ listed reach of 84″ is in the very highest range of heavyweights, so he’ll have that significant advantage, but only if he knows how to make use of it. Jennings is also at the traditional peak age at 29 years, so he needs to move fast to develop for a title shot within a couple of years. Szpilka is 24 years, just now entering the traditional prime years and and what a gig he landed on HBO. Not bad for a wayward Polish tough only recruited to boxing after a coach noticed his form in a brawl of soccer fans. Form good enough to land him an 18 month incarceration.

Bryant Jennings

Bryant Jennings

Significantly Szpilka is also a southpaw with a diverse range of styles. He can box upright or in a free flow, or brawl as he showed against Mike Mollo in a pair of knock down, drag out classics. Oddly enough I’ve seen less of Jennings who has been on NBC broadcasts, but he seems like the classic American boxer/puncher mold maybe with a touch of Philly dark arts he may use. Also significant after his booming year of 2012 with five fights, Jennings only fought once in 2013 and seems to have realigned with a new promoter, broadcaster, manager, and trainer. How that works for him is unknown, but this fight looks very competitive on paper. I’d favor Szpilka slightly as a fighter since he’s already been mixed into the American scene against slightly stiffer competition overall, but it goes without saying that Jennings is the home money fighter for this nontitle 10 round bout.

I’d imagine HBO hopes to leverage Jennings for a subsequent American world title challenge they can broadcast. The Jennings team has also arranged a top five ranking in both the WBC an WBA if proof is needed about how highly he’s regarded by the suits. If he has any fans in Philadelphia, it’s only a quick skip over to New York, however Polish fans usually outnumber Americans at these types of venues. Szpilka should have plenty of moral support if he can clear Homeland Security after a snafu sent him packing back to Poland to secure more papers. Be a shame if Homeland Security killed what could prove to be the most important American heavyweight fight of the year, but such are the signs of the despairing times in the American big man division now desperate for a resurgence.

The anchor fight of the HBO broadcast also reflect a sign of the times featuring two half sized, very game and skilled fighters, undefeated two-division world champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KO) defending his WBO junior lightweight title against current #1 contender Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KO).

The big man war has a chance to go head to head against the little man war for the best fight of the night, a perfect duke’em up session for die hards. Might even see an early contender for fight of the year, so don’t be shy now. Best two fights of the month of January me thinks.

All Cleared~Jennings 225~Szpilka 223

All Cleared~Jennings 225~Szpilka 223

The Class of Jason Robinson

This last weekend was a fairly quiet one in boxing unless you were one of the pugilists duking it out with his all like Jason Robinson was. Jason challenged WBC cruiser champ, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk for the rights to claim the championship belt, and what a fight.

The Fight

The Fight

Robinson had to pack up his essentials to fly way, way over the rainbow to Warsaw, Poland, the champ’s hometown stompings, just to stake his claim. It was a bittersweet moment for the Chicago based fighter who had never challenged for a world title before. Jason may have come up short on the cards, but he put up a valiant effort in spite of being outgunned and outboxed against a prime younger champion at the height of his powers.

Can we ask any more of any fighter than that?

But wait, there’s more. In contrast to far too many big name fighters making bad press these days, Jason Robinson had the temerity to conduct himself with the utmost class and respect in and out of the ring. Not withstanding the brave fight that he put up, Robinson deserves a shout in an otherwise dreary period of low boxing activity.

It was a good, entertaining back and forth scrap that saved the weekend for me, one that I will remember.

I don’t claim to know much of the full story of Jason Robinson, but the press he received in the build up to the fight was admirable. He was always going to be a big underdog and has no special experience or physical attributes to call on, but he can fight and he can train, so once he stepped through the ropes, he was in the fight from the first to the 12th and final bell.

The Training

The Training

He trained at a public gymnasium, the Chicago Park District Garfield Park from what I understood. His trainer, George Hernandez is also deserving a big shout for training Jason while making himself available to the kids who walk into the gym. It echoes a similar story of the Agape Boxing Club in my area that I recently wrote about.

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/my-thoughts-on-agape-boxing-and-jem-mace/

Jason Robinson may not fully realize the extent to which those kids looked up to him, but it’s almost guaranteed that some if not all managed to figure out how to watch his title challenge, and kids, they do keep character references for future use. They now have an exemplary example to draw on as they get on with the ups and downs of everyday life.

Mr. Robinson and Mr. Hernandez are doing the essential unsung noble work that every society needs in order to develop and maintain a sense of social civility, justice, and to progress forward as sentient human beings and citizens.

Society could use a few thousand more little boxing gyms like these for that purpose alone, but, make no mistake, it’s these little clubs that are truly the backbone of boxing. Gypsy Jem Mace, the great granddad of modern boxing, ran one and so on and so forth, too many to remember have come and gone. Gypsy Jem was only carrying on what was passed on to him through the mists of time.

So, a hearty congratulations Gentlemen, and that includes the great champion, Krzysztof Włodarczyk and his team who also played their parts to perfection.

Well done…………

The Gentlemen

The Gentlemen

Adamek Vs Arreola, Fight of the Year?

By Bobby Mac

Two highly regarded heavyweights collide this Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, in what many are picking as a Fight of the Year candidate.

Tomasz “Goral” Adamek is the former two division champion stepping up to his 3rd division in a bid to win a heavyweight title. A win over former challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola guarantees him a title shot within a year. Arreola is in a similar circumstance, hungry for another crack at the title and a win over Adamek would open the doors for him.

Tomasz Adamek

Tomasz Adamek

Goral is Polish for Highlander, a reference to the region where Adamek was raised, but it also connotes an exotic coolness of temperament which describes the Adamek approach to boxing to a T. With a 40-1 career record at age 33 and seemingly in his prime as a boxer, he’s near becoming a legend in boxing that he already is in Poland.

Tomasz can box some, brawl a little, fight inside or out with a little slugging thrown in as his 27 KO victims can attest, but he is never locked into one style, and he’s in no hurry to get anything done. His offense just flows to him when the moment is right, and if he has to take a few steps back, cover on the ropes and take some time off, hey, no big deal to take a rest and reset. He’s smart, patient, and he has an innate fighting sense of which adjustments to make to figure out how to beat very good fighters.

Arreola has the fire to light up Adamek’s coolness, though. He’s an highly charged come forward busy brawler/slugger looking for a trade, a nightmare if you can’t fight him off. At age 29 with a 28-1 record with an 86% KO ratio, he is used to getting his way in the ring and has also become a fan favorite in Southern California, so this donnybrook will be in his stompin’ grounds, a distinct advantage.

Chris Arreola

Chris Arreola

Arreola is also the natural heavyweight here, making his debut at 236lbs and at a high of 263 lbs his last bout against the outgunned Brian Minto. Reportedly he’s been in his hardest training camp ever and looking at 240s come weigh-in. We shall see, but he’s sure to have some 20-30lbs on Adamek who’s slated to come in under 220, so while size as measured in bulk may favor Arreola, it’s not clear who will have the advantage in physical strength given that Arreola is prone to corpulence and Adamek’s large frame will be all lean muscle.

Adamek will be the faster fighter of hand and foot, but Arreola has proven to have an excellence sense of timing and surprising quickness for such a bulky man. They are both offensively oriented fighters, so expect the leather to be flying in this one.

The fight won’t be about size, strength, and speed advantages, it will be about style and temperament contrast with only two common denominators, both liking to fight and able to take a good crack to the chin with neither ever being stopped before. What’s more is each style is so unique that neither can find a sparring partner to replicate their styles.

So many unknowns and intangibles in this one, so which style best maximizes the attributes of each fighter to overcome the other?

Goral vs Nightmare

Goral vs Nightmare

We don’t know the definitive answer to that, but I’m guessing the oddsmakers will make Adamek the slight favorite. I also favor Adamek, but this is really the kind of fight that could go either way. An early KO is possible, but I’m thinking the fight enters the later rounds where stamina will play a role. Arreola has never kept the pace at this high level and Adamek has never had to beat down such a big, strong, dangerous fighter as Arreola.

It’s gonna be a corker, so best stay tuned and sober for this one.

Enjoy!