News: Glazkov vs Hamer; Charr vs Airich; Muwendo vs Napunyi
Ukrainian heavyweight puncher Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov, 13-0, 9 KOs, intends to school the already well-educated Tor Hamer, 19-1, 12 KOs, when they meet in the ring at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, in PA, Saturday, December 22nd. The 8-round heavyweight contest is part of a big nationally televised double-header that will be broadcast on NBC, beginning at 4PM ET. The headline bout is a 12-round rematch between Tomasz “Goral” Adamek and Steve “USS” Cunningham for the IBF North American Heavyweight Title.
Lately New York-born Hamer has been making waves and getting ink as a promising prospect in the heavyweight division. He’s won eight in a row including a unanimous nod over title-challenger Kevin Johnson, and has been singled out as a future American hopeful for world championship honors.
Much of the hoopla surrounding Hamer is the fact that he carries educational credentials far superior than those of most boxers. The son of a Harvard-educated father and Villanova-graduate mother, Hamer grew up attending private schools, and holds a B.A. Degree from Penn State University. Truly a rarity in the boxing world.
A veteran of 13 professional fights, mostly in Russia, Czar has faced a number of Eastern European standouts. But it is his vast amateur pedigree that gives him the edge in ring experience that he will use to become the professor against Hamer. In his pre-pro tenure, Glazkov faced a “who’s who” of international boxing at the World Amateur Boxing Championships, World University Championships, the Strandya Cup, and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where he won the Bronze Medal.
Czar’s goal is to capitalize on this opportunity by beating Hamer impressively on national television and making a name for himself in this, just his second appearance in the United States. If he can score a knockout against Hamer, Czar Glazkov will certainly go to the head of the class.
DECEMBER 22 FIGHT INFO:
December 22nd at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Pennsylvania. The main event features current IBF North American Heavyweight Champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (47-2, 29 KO’s) of Kearny, N.J. vs. Steve “USS” Cunningham (25-4, 12 KO’s) of Philadelphia, Pa., in a 12-round heavyweight fight.
In the co-feature, Tor Hamer (19-1, 12 KO’s) of New York, N.Y., takes on Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (13-0, 9 KO’s) of Langansk, Ukraine, in an 8-round heavyweight bout.
The main event and co-feature will be broadcast on NBC network TV beginning 4PM ET. The card is presented by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with Peltz Boxing, DiBella Entertainment and Pushka.
To purchase the remaining tickets while they last, contact the Sands Bethlehem Event Center box office 610-297-7414, Main Events 973-200-7050 and Peltz Boxing 215-765-0922, Ticketmaster, http://www.ticketmaster.com/Tomasz-Adamek-vs-Steve-Cunningham-tickets/artist/1794999 , and Ticketmaster Sales: during regular hours 800-745-3000, Ticketmaster Express: automated phone line for self-service ticket sales, even after hours, 866-448-7849.
WBC BALTIC / MEDITERRANEAN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MANUEL CHARR vs. KONSTANTIN AIRICH
On September 8th, “Diamond Boy” Manuel Charr challenged Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight crown in Moscow. Barely known to the boxing world before his title fight, Charr wanted to use his chance to enter the big stage with a bang, shock the world and become the first German (based) world heavyweight champion since the legendary Max Schmeling. Instead the “Diamond Boy” was stopped by a cut (and referee Guido Cavalleri) in round four.
“I know that I am a slow starter but my game plan was to come up stronger and stronger in the second half of the fight”, says Charr. “It’s too bad I didn’t get the chance to show the world what I got. I have to live with the decision but it was without a doubt a very unsatisfactory ending. A lot of questions still remain and I keep on asking myself: What if…
But I want to look ahead instead of looking back. I still have my dream to become heavyweight champion of the world and I hope that I get another shot at Vitali before he retires. ”
Charr starts his campaign for a possible second title fight this Friday (December 21st) in Cologne when he takes on hard-hitting Konstantin Airich in a WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean heavyweight championship bout. The show is labeled as “X-MAS FIGHT NIGHT” and with only one week to go until Christmas Eve, Charr posed as “Santa Clause” at today’s press conference and gave his foe a green hat calling him “The Grinch”.
“Airich is “The Grinch” who wants to steal Christmas and all my presents”, said Charr. “But I won’t let him get away with that. I have to stop him in order to get another shot at the world title. This is what I live and fight for.”
“I have been waiting for a chance to fight Manuel Charr for a long time”, said “Grinch” Airich. “I like and respect Manuel as a fighter and as a person but he chose the wrong guy for this fight. I came to Cologne to ruin his Christmas and that’s what I will do Friday night.”
The “X-MAS FIGHT NIGHT” with Airich vs. Charr will be streamed live online on www.wbcboxing.tv and www.suljos.tv.
Trio of Minnesotan Prospects to be featured January 5th at Hyatt Regency
Minneapolis, MN- Three of Minnesota’s strongest boxing prospects will continue their ascent to national level contention on January 5th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis.
Ismail Muwendo(11-0) fresh off of a victory over Leon Bobo on October 27th will take on Anthony Napunyi (5-1) in an 8 round affair for the ABO Mid America featherweight title in the card’s main event. Muwendo has electrified Minnesota boxing fans with his devastating power, paired with lethal punching accuracy. The Ugandan featherweight has racked up nine knockouts over his eleven wins and will look to add another stoppage to his highlight reel come January 5th.
The night’s co-feature brings lengthy Minneapolis welterweight Jamal James(8-0) in his first action since scoring a technical decision over in-state rival Corey Rodriguez in a thriller on October 27th. James will square off with Patrick Boozer(5-1) of Michigan. The bout will continue the trend of James’ increase in competition as he pursues his 9th win in the six round bout.
Junior middleweight Robert Brant(4-0) looks to continue his fast track transition from amateur to professional stardom when he takes on Ramon Barber(2-2). Brant has captured the attention of Minnesota sports fans, and become a fan favorite with his versatile skill set, and infectious personality. As one of Minnesota’s most decorated amateur boxers in recent memory, Brant looks to polish his winning ways in the six round bout.
The card’s preliminary portion will be complimented by two of Minnesota’s best lower weight fighters. Jonathan Perez (3-0) takes on Brian Jones at 118 lbs. While BradPatraw (9-4) takes on veteran Robert DaLuz at 124 lbs. Also in action will be junior middleweight Tyler “The Hitman” Hultin(3-1), facing Steven Watt, and Garvin Crout vs. Tomi Archambault at lightweight.
Tickets are priced at $30, $60, and $100 and are available at Sterlingmn.com