On the undercard for Antonio Tarver and Steve Cunningham last weekend in Newark, New Jersey, Krzysztof Glowacki and Marco Huck stole the show, engaging in a tough, back-and-forth battle, with Huck’s WBO cruiserweight title at stake. Huck entered the fight the third longest belt holder in boxing, behind only Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Wladimir Klitschko. But Glowacki walked away with the title, in what might prove to be a changing-of-the-guard moment.
Coming into this fight, I had Huck ranked at the top of the division at 200 pounds. Since getting TKO’d by Steve Cunningham in 2007, his only loss was a majority decision to Alexander Povetkin in 2012, when he made a brief move up to heavyweight. Povetkin remains the second best heavyweight in the world, behind only Klitschko.
Glowacki was undefeated, but his level of opposition was hardly world class. This was his first fight outside of Poland.
Yet he looked like an experienced veteran in this fight, from the first round onward. In the early rounds, the southpaw made things very difficult for Huck, consistently getting his own lead right foot to the outside of Huck’s lead left, so that he was able to grab the angle to deliver stinging left hands.
Huck adjusted and took control in the middle rounds of the fight, even knocking Glowacki down in Round 6. The second part of the fight developed into an action-packed slugfest. In Round 11, Glowacki closed the show, dropping the champion twice. After the second one, the count was waved off.
Polish boxing fans are among the most passionate on the planet and in places like New Jersey or Chicago where there is a large population, they inevitably come out in big numbers to support their fighters. Although this was Glowacki’s first fight away from his native Poland, he had a racaous, hometown-type support during the bout. Polish stars like Tomasz Adamek have drawn great crowds in the New York/New Jersey area.
Glowacki’s likely next fight should be a rematch with Huck, who was ahead on three cards when he was stopped.