SAN DIEGO, August 14, 2015 – It’s been a good year for Polish boxers. In April, light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara got the win of his career with a dominating victory by knockout over Julio Caesar Chavez Jr.
Friday night, cruiserweight Krzystof Glowacki (25-0-0, 16 KOs) joined the party. Making his American debut in Newark on Premier Boxing on Spike, Glowacki wasn’t expected to seriously challenge German cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) despite his undefeated record. Huck was seeking his record breaking 14th successful title defense.
In Round 6, it seemed a done deal as Huck put Glowacki onto his back for the first time in his professional career. There was plenty of the round left for Huck to close out the show. But he couldn’t do it. Glowacki’s will was as strong as his chin, and it made for a thrilling round as the pair both ended up throwing in a bid to survive. Put the sixth on your short list for Round of the Year.
Glowacki came out for the seventh looking surprisingly strong, still throwing his powerful left hook and never giving up. Huck had the momentum in what was a close fight to this point on the cards.
To the crowd’s delight, the pair continued to throw power punches. Huck hit Glowacki hard twice in the eighth round, but the Polish fighter stood in and took punches that would have dropped a rhino.
By the 11th round, Glowacki was behind on the cards. He had six minutes to score a knockout to win, remain undefeated, and prevent Huck from reaching his record breaking win. Piece of cake.
Two minutes into the 11th round, Glowacki landed a powerhouse overhand left, sealed with a follow-up right that put Huck down for the first time in his career. Huck got to his feet with difficulty, but told referee Dave Fields he could continue. Glowacki let loose with everything he had left, and Fields ended the fight with 21 seconds left in the round.
In one fell swoop, Glowacki ended Huck’s streak, took his WBO cruiserweight title, and made a lot of new American fans in a tremendous come from behind victory. By the end of 2015, it’s hard to imagine any other bout beating this one for Comeback Fight of the Year or Knockout of the Year. It’s among the contenders for Fight of the Year, although I still give it to David Lemieux versus Hassan N’Dam.
After the fight, Glowacki admitted he couldn’t hear hear the referee administering the count and didn’t get his hearing back the rest of the sixth round because he’d taken so hard a punch.
“When I was knocked down in the sixth round I didn’t know where I was and it took me a whole round to regain myself,” Glowacki said. “I still cannot hear well. I was listening to my corner though and when I heard that there was only one minute left in the eleventh round I knew I had to come on strong.
“I’ve always had a thing against bullies and Huck was trying to bully me in there. So I brought it to him. I want to thank all my fans in Poland and from around the world for supporting me. We kept “believing” and that’s how we won this world title. This is the biggest night of my life.”
Both Glowacki and Huck, who made no comments after the fight, were taken to Rutgers University Hospital for observation as a precaution.
If Premier Boxing can deliver more fights like this, it will rebuild a real audience for boxing. When word goes out about this fight, which many casual fans probably missed, they’ll have to pay more attention to PBC bouts lest they miss another this good.
Any chance we could put Fonfara and Glowacki on the same card in a Polish-American town like Chicago? Styles make fights and so do the venues. Make it so.
Huck and Glowacki nearly made up for the borefest that was Antonio Tarver (31-6-1, 22 KOs) vs. Steve Cunningham (28-6-1, 13 KOs) in the main event. The pair was so underwhelming and sluggish, the crowd didn’t even have the energy to boo them. Justice was served when the judges scored the fight a split draw. It was a must win situation for both and neither could do it. The 46-year-old Tarver needs to hang it up and work harder in his role as a commentator for Premier Boxing, where he shows plenty of promise. The 39-year-old Cunningham has now put up two lackluster fights in a row; he should think seriously about his future as well.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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