Wilder Still Heavyweight Kingpin - Complete Results From The Barclays Center

BY The Sweet Science ON January 16, 2016
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The Barclays Center was the center of the boxing universe this past Saturday night as two of the alphabet soup Heavyweight titles were on the line a-top a full nine bout boxing card promoted by Lou DiBella and Dibella Entertainment.  Showtime broadcast the main fights as Charles Martin faced Vyasheslav Glazkov for the vacant IBF belt and WBC Champion Deontay Wilder made his third title defense against Artur Szpilka of Poland.

Glazkov and Martin fought first, and though Glazkov remained clear and focused, the size difference between the two was noticeable, with the Russian being the smaller man.

Both men entered the fight having come from different paths.  Galazkov is undefeated as a professional at 21-0-1, and he was a decorated amateur who was in the title picture with the WBC as a potential opponent for Wilder in the main event.  His manager Kathy Duva elected to turn down the Wilder fight to pursue the vacant IBF belt.  Martin is also undefeated at 22-0-1 and he fought as an amateur as well, but his story is that of a street kid who is trying to make it big.

The first round saw the fighters engage in a feeling out process as Glazkov entered cautious against the larger southpaw Martin.  Slowly the pace picked up, and things were tense by round three when Glazkov went down due to a slip.  Martin landed a punch that sent Glazkov to the canvas shortly afterward, and though Glazkov got up and was clear-eyed he stated he could not continue as it appeared he hurt his ankle.  The ringside doctors examining Glazkov stated it was a potential "torn ACL".  Charles Martin now holds the IBF World Heavyweight title with a third round TKO/RTD of Vyacheslav Glazkov.

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The Barclays Center was electric for the main event as a reported crowd of 12,668 were in attendance making it the second higherst boxing attendance at the Barclays Center.  

Szpilka entered the ring first to wild support from a large Polish contigent in the audience.  The reception for Wilder, who came out with his customary gold mask, was more mixed, but the champion was calm as he entered the ring at a measured pace.

The first round saw some wild swinging but no real definitive shots were landed as both men tried to establish themselves.  The crowd was singing in between rounds in what was a great atmosphere.The next three rounds saw the men start to close the distance, and Szpilka succeeded in keeping Wilder's punch count low while landing more power punches himself.  By the end of the fourth round however, Wilder landed the best series of punches of the fight.  Szpilka had a more active fifth but Wilder landed the best punch of the round at the end when he scored with a right uppercut.  Through five rounds, it appears to be a difficult fight to score.

The sixth round was hotly contested, as Wilder landed a big shot at Szpilka when he got sloppy throwing an uppercut.  By the end of the round, Szpilka had started flashing an additional hook at the end of his combinations that seemed to work. The crowded was chanting Szpilka's name during the last minute of the round.

Szpilka followed with a strong seventh round.  The eighth round was sloppier, with Wilder falling forward to his kneed as he lunged throwing big punches that caught air.  Szpilka was finally begining to show some wear and tear, bleeding from the nose and breathing from the mouth.

The ninth round saw Wilder get backed up, until he landed a crunching blow to Szpilka who was knocked out cold.  The doctors attended to Szpilka in the ring while the emotional crowd took it all in.  In the end, Deontay Wilder is still the WBC World Heavyweight Champion with a KO at the mark of round nine.

The bout for the vacant WBO Womens Featherweight title between Amanda Serrano and Erika Kalderas was cancelled when Kalderas failed to board her plane from her native Hungary.

Heavyweights Tyson Fury, Alexander Povetkin, Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson were all in attendance in what was a celebrity filled crowd.  Overall, a fan pleasing night of boxing that saw five of the seven bouts on the preliminary card end before the scheduled limit.  The complete results from the undercard appear below.

 

January 16th, 2016 – Barlcays Center

Brooklyn, New York

Title Bouts:
Heavyweight 12 Rounds:  Deontay Wilder defeated Artur Szpilka by KO in RD 9 @2:24.
Heavyweight 12 Rounds: Charles Martin defeated Vyasheslav Glazkov by RTD in RD 3@1:50.

Feature Bouts:

Middleweight 10 Rounds:  Maciej Sulecki (1-0) defeated Derrick Findley via TKO in RD 7 @1:29.
Heavyweight 8 Rounds:  Adam Kownacki defeated Danny Kelly via UD.
Light Heavyweight 8 Rounds:  Mike Lee defeated Joe Gardner via TKO in RD 3 @:43.
Welterweight 8 Rounds:  Ivan Golub defeated Juan Rodriguez via TKO in RD 1 @2:41
Light Heavyweight 6 Rounds: Carlos Gongora defeated Derrick Adkins via KO in RD 4 @ 1:58.
Middleweight 4 Rounds Botirsher Obidoy defeated Ramil Gadzhiev via UD.
Welterweight 4 Rounds:  Julian Sosa defeated Bryan Timmons via TKO in RD 2 @1:48

 

 

 

Comment on this article

Radam G says:

The night went just as I thought it would with the paper champions. And I ain't hatin!' Holla!

SuperLight says:

Kingpin my arse. With all due respect, how many versions of the title are there now? As I understand, Fury is the crown holder, like it or not, and these guys talking about unification neeed to go through him.

miguel1 says:

Oh believe me Im more upset over the alphabet soups than anyone. I meant more Kingpin of "Brooklyn", and of the American Heavyweight scene. I agree, Im not sure that was a world championship level fight we saw last night, but I was entertained as both men came to fight. he is going to now make a LOT of money for his next fight, I believe.

mortcola says:

Wilder has power. Hhis movement and technique are bright green even if he is learning some new fundamentals from Breland. He would nothing but an interesting prospect in another age. He nailed Szpilka perfectly, and Artur, who has been hurt a lot despite being a competent and scrappy small heavy, went out as many nailed by Wilder do. But at many moments, a simple double jab and straight left from a much shorter man had Deontay looking like he forgot what page of the manual those instructions were on.

As for Martin-Glazkov, Martin made NO contact on either of the falls by Glazkov. Glazkov slipped and his knee went out. Martin moves and punches like a neighborhood guy who has taken lessons for a year. The saving grace of this heavyweight era is that Fury is a funny weirdo - he really can’t fight much, but he sure can twitch, slap, and pick costumes. There is very little boxing-wise to look forward to unless Wilder proves effective against A-quality tough fighters, Ortiz stays busy and keeps up the quality he showed against Jennings, and Joshua proves anything at all. Bleh.

MCM says:

Wilder's power is amazing considering his footwork is so amateurish. It's as if he generates all his force with his upper body, and maybe he does, given that his arms are longer than many heavyweight's legs.

Wilder, if you look at him from the waist-up, looks pretty good to me. His hand-speed compares favorably with heavyweights of bygone ages, especially given his exceptional size. And, his fists find home. I would say his accuracy is far better than his timing (timing was way off in the early rounds last night), but on the whole, Wilder looks historically legit from the waist up.

From the waist down, he looks like a guy after his first month in the gym. But I thought of Klitchko similarly, and he managed to keep winning, so who knows. If Wilder keeps winning -even if he keeps looking like he does -- he'll be elevated a la Klitchko.

It's no given that Ortiz can take his power.

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

Why so much hate? Whether you like him or not Deontay Wilder is going to be a major player in heavyweight division for years to come. He has flaws but he also possesses physical attributes that you can't teach (power, speed, agility). I will make a early bet with anybody willing to oblige that Wilder defeats Povetkin. However, some of you blindly hate so much that you will make up some new reason to throw dirt on him.

On another note, I feel sorry for my main man Charles Martin. He didn't want to win the belt that way but the bottom line is that he is a world champion now. He would have stopped Glazkov. He was too big and skilled and it was just a matter of time. I am proud of him and happy that he and his team (coach Jamal, Henry Tillman, etc.) can make some money because as my boy Radam G always says, "it's all about prize fighting, not pride fighting."

Radam G says:

Why so much hate? Whether you like him or not Deontay Wilder is going to be a major player in heavyweight division for years to come. He has flaws but he also possesses physical attributes that you can't teach (power, speed, agility). I will make a early bet with anybody willing to oblige that Wilder defeats Povetkin. However, some of you blindly hate so much that you will make up some new reason to throw dirt on him.

On another note, I feel sorry for my main man Charles Martin. He didn't want to win the belt that way but the bottom line is that he is a world champion now. He would have stopped Glazkov. He was too big and skilled and it was just a matter of time. I am proud of him and happy that he and his team (coach Jamal, Henry Tillman, etc.) can make some money because as my boy Radam G always says, "it's all about prize fighting, not pride fighting."


True dat, true dat all that spitted.

D-Wild "is a major player" among the midget-skill super giants. And that is the way that it is going to be for a minute or two. And Glassjaw -- I mean Glazkov -- had more glass in his darn knees than his glass jaw. Hehe!

Dude was so scared of getting touched on that glass jaw by Prince Charles that he forgot about his glass knees. OMG! It is not that often that you will see shattering glass knees in dat squared jungle.

With the oddest haps, the "theatre of the unexpected" never fails to amaze and blaze and daze.

"Mirror, mirror on da wall," who has da glassiest knees of them all? Hahahahahaha! That's an easy one. Holla!

DaveB says:

I am not saying that this is the most accomplished division in heavyweight boxing history. I'm not even saying it is the most accomplished division of boxing today. Far from it. But regardless I am so excited about the future of the heavyweight division. It reminds me of the Oscar de la Hoya era. They were not the best welterweights ever but they generated a lot of excitement and dream match ups. There has been a drought in heavyweight boxing for many years. This is like a quenching drink of water. Let's face it, boxing is not all about skills. Skills are a beautiful thing but it is just as much about drama or maybe even more so. I've seen fights that were more pay per view worthy than pay per view fights based on the skill of the fighters but they weren't pay per view because no one outside of hard core fans even knew those fights existed. Fury and Wilder were per entertainment. I ate that up like pound cake. Man, that was entertainment. If these two ever do fight I'll will be one nervous dude on fight night in anticipation because of the build up. Whether it will ever be able to deliver during the fight I don't know. I hope they can both take of business and that day does come. Heavyweight boxing right now is awesome. Haye, Wilder, Fury, Joshua, Klistscko, Whyte, Murray, Helenius Rock on.

Radam G says:

I am not saying that this is the most accomplished division in heavyweight boxing history. I'm not even saying it is the most accomplished division of boxing today. Far from it. But regardless I am so excited about the future of the heavyweight division. It reminds me of the Oscar de la Hoya era. They were not the best welterweights ever but they generated a lot of excitement and dream match ups. There has been a drought in heavyweight boxing for many years. This is like a quenching drink of water. Let's face it, boxing is not all about skills. Skills are a beautiful thing but it is just as much about drama or maybe even more so. I've seen fights that were more pay per view worthy than pay per view fights based on the skill of the fighters but they weren't pay per view because no one outside of hard core fans even knew those fights existed. Fury and Wilder were per entertainment. I ate that up like pound cake. Man, that was entertainment. If these two ever do fight I'll will be one nervous dude on fight night in anticipation because of the build up. Whether it will ever be able to deliver during the fight I don't know. I hope they can both take of business and that day does come. Heavyweight boxing right now is awesome. Haye, Wilder, Fury, Joshua, Klistscko, Whyte, Murray, Helenius Rock on.


Ditto my my readermate!

On a list of 10, skills are about filth.

Money is first and foremost. That is why it is called prize fighting. Connections, aka hook ups, are second. Charisma is third. And the right conplexion to get the connections is fourth. And sometimes will get you ahead of connections and charisma. Holla!

mortcola says:

No hate. Honest opinions. I think Martin and Wilder are amateurish, and Martin doesn’t have the physical gifts or much in the way of boxing ability. It was an evening of mediocrity, with the treat of Wilder’s power and Szpilka’s fighting spirit to make it more than a club show. If Deontay makes up for his lack of amateur seasoning and becomes a polished fighter, I will be VERY happy. but you have Klitschko losing to a slappy doofus because of his mental inhibitions, two other “champions” leagues below the champs in other divisions in skill, and it makes me sad. No hate. Disappointment.

mortcola says:

I’m glad DaveB and Radam see the light. Maybe it will bring me out of my boxing funk.

brownsugar says:

BombSquad,....

Paramedics on deck.... Check

Ring doctors and Ambulance available.... Check

Sudden scare that nearly sucked the life out of the party.... Check.

I hope Spilka is in good health, the gutsy Pollack breathed a lot of fresh air and basically outshined Wilder during the promotion of this fight.
Spilka got all up in Wilder's grille during the days preceding the fight, giving credence and a bit of authenticity to his former "hooligan" (thug) personna.

I mean, what sells a fight better than an Eastern Block kid talking tough in broken English?

"All my life..... I like fight,......I like street fight!"

Spilka should get a bonus for racheting up the anticipation factor to about a thousand. I've been waiting anxiously for this fight for weeks and no buckets of grief poured on from the "Hateful Eight" Society of disgruntled fans and Sweet Forum writers was ever going to douse my enthusiasm, ....no matter how hard they collectively tried to downplay this Event.

Boxing is back and the force is currently strong with the heavyweight division... The future is uncertain and the stellar match-ups are popping out of the woodwork...

Where is Mike Woods at?... I'd like to read one of his evenhanded articles about the fight right about now, ....come back EM, ..... EM COMEBACK.....

Kudos to Ronnie Sheilds for preparing Spilka so well. For his part, Spilka's tacticle approach was leagues beyond Stivernes; who was eating five punches to deliver one grazing punch in return.

There is something special about Wilder, The Commish was right.....How special he is.....has yet to be seen, but we will soon find out. I can see why Haymon backed this boxer with a verible mountain of cash to get him to this level.

Wilder Showed remarkable patience against a fighter who was using the entire ring, and moving every part of his body: feet, legs, head, torso, hands, while keeping all those parts in perpetual motion during a valiant attempt to survive the inevitable. Some saw Wilder using sloppy footwork, I saw Wilder with his hands down, standing flatfooted in front of a motivated challenger who out weighed him by 10 pounds,...setting a trap for an elusive for. Wilder had been looking for precisely that very opening for 4 rounds and had to present himself as a sufficiently soft target to get the slick challenger to get within range.

Wilder proved he can volume punch for twelve rounds against a stationary target in his last fight. Last night he showed he could SharpShoot with amazing accuracy without being drawn into a wreckless slugfest.

Even the great Mike Tyson was pretty much spent after only eight rounds.

But Wilder throws a compact,....lightning fast and laser sharp right hand in the 9th round that rotates 120 degrees like a hook but begins to straighten out like a straight right hand at the apex of its delivery,...

Effectively detonating on the point of Spilka's chin. .....instantaneously severing the synaptic connection between Spilka's brain and his grip on consciousness and every nerve related to motor control beneath his neck. Not a single man born of a male and female human being could have survive the mega-tonnage of kinetic energy released by that unexpected blow. ...a punch that appeared to be thrown at the speed of thought on the inside.

The collective gasp of the announcers and audience, along with the non-verbal psychic recoil of the onlooking viewers at home was as palpable as a sonic boom.

The icing on the cake was Fury rushing toward the champ like the emphatic buffoon he quite often portrays himself to be trying to diss the Champ WWE style, (yes I said champ haters) only to see the patriotic New York and Polish audience jeer the gypsy fruitcake out of the ring with Wilder having the final word.

"You come in here dressed like a preacher, dancing around?...when we meet, I will BABTISE YOU!!!

I can't see the heavyweight future but there's a ton of heavyweight fun to be had in the near future

Kid Blast says:

Martin worst champion in history plus a total a-hole.

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

BombSquad,....

Paramedics on deck.... Check

Ring doctors and Ambulance available.... Check

Sudden scare that nearly sucked the life out of the party.... Check.

I hope Spilka is in good health, the gutsy Pollack breathed a lot of fresh air and basically outshined Wilder during the promotion of this fight.
Spilka got all up in Wilder's grille during the days preceding the fight, giving credence and a bit of authenticity to his former "hooligan" (thug) personna.

I mean, what sells a fight better than an Eastern Block kid talking tough in broken English?

"All my life..... I like fight,......I like street fight!"

Spilka should get a bonus for racheting up the anticipation factor to about a thousand. I've been waiting anxiously for this fight for weeks and no buckets of grief poured on from the "Hateful Eight" Society of disgruntled fans and Sweet Forum writers was ever going to douse my enthusiasm, ....no matter how hard they collectively tried to downplay this Event.

Boxing is back and the force is currently strong with the heavyweight division... The future is uncertain and the stellar match-ups are popping out of the woodwork...

Where is Mike Woods at?... I'd like to read one of his evenhanded articles about the fight right about now, ....come back EM, ..... EM COMEBACK.....

Kudos to Ronnie Sheilds for preparing Spilka so well. For his part, Spilka's tacticle approach was leagues beyond Stivernes; who was eating five punches to deliver one grazing punch in return.

There is something special about Wilder, The Commish was right.....How special he is.....has yet to be seen, but we will soon find out. I can see why Haymon backed this boxer with a verible mountain of cash to get him to this level.

Wilder Showed remarkable patience against a fighter who was using the entire ring, and moving every part of his body: feet, legs, head, torso, hands, while keeping all those parts in perpetual motion during a valiant attempt to survive the inevitable. Some saw Wilder using sloppy footwork, I saw Wilder with his hands down, standing flatfooted in front of a motivated challenger who out weighed him by 10 pounds,...setting a trap for an elusive challenger. Wilder had been looking for precisely that very opening for 4 rounds and had to present himself as a sufficiently soft target to get the slick challenger to get within range.

Wilder proved he can volume punch for twelve rounds against a stationary target in his last fight. Last night he showed he could SharpShoot with amazing accuracy without being drawn into a wreckless slugfest.

Even the great Mike Tyson was pretty much spent after only eight rounds.

But Wilder throws a compact,....lightning fast and laser sharp right hand in the 9th round that rotates 120 degrees like a hook but begins to straighten out like a straight right hand at the apex of its delivery,...

Effectively detonating on the point of Spilka's chin. .....instantaneously severing the synaptic connection between Spilka's brain and his grip on consciousness and every nerve related to motor control beneath his neck. Not a single man born of a male and female human being could have survive the mega-tonnage of kinetic energy released by that unexpected blow. ...a punch that appeared to be thrown at the speed of thought on the inside.

The collective gasp of the announcers and audience, along with the non-verbal psychic recoil of the onlooking viewers at home was as palpable as a sonic boom.

The icing on the cake was Fury rushing toward the champ like the emphatic buffoon he quite often portrays himself to be trying to diss the Champ WWE style, (yes I said champ haters) only to see the patriotic New York and Polish audience jeer the gypsy fruitcake out of the ring with Wilder having the final word.

"You come in here dressed like a preacher, dancing around?...when we meet, I will BABTISE YOU!!!

BOMBSQUAD!!!

I can't see the heavyweight future but there's a ton of heavyweight fun to be had in the near future


Well said Brown Sugar. I think Wilder beats Fury but the fight that I am really anticipating is Wilder vs. Joshua some time in the near future. I think Wilder is legit but I also think that Joshua is legit. Let's get it on!

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

No hate. Honest opinions. I think Martin and Wilder are amateurish, and Martin doesn’t have the physical gifts or much in the way of boxing ability. It was an evening of mediocrity, with the treat of Wilder’s power and Szpilka’s fighting spirit to make it more than a club show. If Deontay makes up for his lack of amateur seasoning and becomes a polished fighter, I will be VERY happy. but you have Klitschko losing to a slappy doofus because of his mental inhibitions, two other “champions” leagues below the champs in other divisions in skill, and it makes me sad. No hate. Disappointment.


I hate to burst your bubble, but Klitschko is done. That unathletic boxer with no skills that you mention (Charles Martin) would kick Klitschko's back side. Sorry, a new era has begun in the heavyweight division!

brownsugar says:

Well said Brown Sugar. I think Wilder beats Fury but the fight that I am really anticipating is Wilder vs. Joshua some time in the near future. I think Wilder is legit but I also think that Joshua is legit. Let's get it on!


I love watching that crazy Bama kid, and I don't even have to diss his dull and limited predecessors to make Wilde look good, he does a good job of that all by himself...... but Fury is well schooled, along with Provetkin.... I think Wilder can win too but if a gun was held to my head, I don't know (today) who would win. But I want those fights!!!!

I hated that Glazkov had to quit due to a bum knee, but the self proclaimed Czar, who bailed on the Wilder matchup recently was an international amateur stand out and fought a few legitimate contenders. he was expected to school and break down the less experienced Charles Martin enroute to an easy win and an easier path to a paper title. After what Glazkov showed in their encounter, I would vote for him to run a PTA Meeting.

His management folks probably didn't know that Martin's benefactor, sponsor, and Camp Coordinator was Paul Cain who is a wealthy British born philanthropist and boxing fan who used to collaborate with Sly Stallone for twelve years.

Paul made sure Martin got the best work and sparring, in the best gyms,... Martin spared with many well known and talented fighters including Cuban pros like Odlandier Solis.

Martin has victories over previously undefeated fighters. He has KO victories over guys who were never stopped, beaten of had been knocked out. (I'm not Wikipedia, look it up) lol...

He's also trained with heavy hitter Dominic Breazeale for five years.
Domenic can't box well but he'll get anyone acclimated to heavy punching.

So Martin has only 63 amateurs fights, and basically walks right through Glazkov who was utterly helpless to stop the big man's growing momentum during their brief confrontation before going out on an injury and Martin can't even get the slightest bit of credit??? Wow.... The hate is strong on this site...

But that's cool, I'm more interested in what the reality of the fight is, rather than what other folks are doing....its none of my business.

Should Martin be called a champ, having fought on the undercard of another "champ" in his same division? Probably not..
Is his hair too long?...
Of course.
Are his trunks too small,
Definitely, he looks like a throwback from 1980 in the fashion department.
And he looks a slight bit chubby

But outside of the superficial observations I have little criticism for Martin at this time.
Your prediction for Martin's success may be correct SDS.

He was in the process of breaking Glazkov down and was genuinely disappointed that he couldn't finish the job...no way was the tentative, lethargic Glazkov going twelve with Martin.
He was simply Beat by a novice....wow.

I see an interesting future for this guy.

SuperLight says:

Oh believe me Im more upset over the alphabet soups than anyone. I meant more Kingpin of "Brooklyn", and of the American Heavyweight scene. I agree, Im not sure that was a world championship level fight we saw last night, but I was entertained as both men came to fight. he is going to now make a LOT of money for his next fight, I believe.


Well understood. I said with all respect and I meant it for you and Wilder. I hope he does make a lot of money and especially hope he has a go at unifying the division. Haye also stated he wanted to do so, right? I wish they'd all go after Fury, belts on the line, and see if we can get some consensus on who's the man. Is the belt business too lucrative?

Radam G says:

D-Wild would never land a glove on the d-cuz of GOAT Ali.

Tyson "Fists of" Fury made D-Wild cry like a bytch with onions in her mug lights during back-in-da-day-sparring sessions with the giant "King of the Gypsys." Don't let me have to put up the video of the late, great ABG Manny Steward. He said clearly in 2012 that the d-cuz of GOAT Ali would beat the arses of all the giant-midget pugs. And he named D-Wild specifically as second best.

D-Wild looks like long-giant octopus syet. And the Yanks just have too much pride to admit to it despite what "Iron" Mike Tyson, amongst other great former AmerKano heavyweights, said. The Iron One has no luv for the octopus man, who invited a mentally challenged troll to his gym and whup his arse like no tomorrow.

And I won't even talk about how D-Wild beat the hebejeebeez outta a Sin City working gal. Hehe! Dude got issues. His life will end up in jail or a slug up in his cranium. Don't believe his Praise Jesus Syet.

D-Wild is no humble soul outside that squared jungle. Just as Jesus Was No Humble Soul in His Pops's Temple when gambling was going on. Nor Did God Jr Respect another creature's home. Hehe!

Satan invited Lil Jes to his burning helldom and Lil Jes Went Wild Kicking the devil's arse in the devil's own home sweet home. Hehe! I'm just saying! Have some ____ ______.

Maybe da Stanks -- I mean da Yanks -- are hot up in da cranium because they swore up and down and around that Doc Wlad Klit was going to shut down the mouth of the KotG, aka d-cuz of the GOAT Ali, who just had his 74th b-day on Jan. 17.

As we all know da doc didn't do syet. Numero uno ng mga heavyweight ay ang pinsan na layo ni GOAT Ali, Tyson. Tagapin na! Holla!

Chris L says:

Deontay Wilder is everything wrong with boxing, he will fight Charles Martin to unify the IBF and WBC titles, avoiding his Povetkin mandatory.

It's disgusting.

mortcola says:

Shoulder Roll - Even though I don’t always agree with where you land, you usually arrive there from a superior knowledge of boxing. But I’m confused by your enthusiasm for the advent of enthusiastic club fights in place of championship level skills. First, about Klitschko - your statement is bizarro-land. He was touted as one of the most gifted athletes of all heavy champs, ever. Steward had touted his physical abilities and his power as superior to any heavyweight he had ever worked with. His early fights showed rare dexterity, timing, speed, balance, accurate combinations. He never developed a warrior’s toughness of mind except after learning to be a control freak as a way of keeping his opponents predictable - I know the way anxiety works and how people compensate for it - and as a result he became BORING - but rarely lost a ten-second stretch of a fight against every style imaginable. It wasn’t a SKILLED fighter who beat him - it was a spirited, tall, fearless slap-fighter (Fury) who annoyed him into frustrated waiting, which lost him the points a more mentally flexible fighter would have grabbed just by moving his hands (because when he did, he landed, hard - three times in the whole damn fight). As for the guys we just saw - I, too, am looking forward to a competitive and fun heavyweight division - but, let’s be honest, if Wilder had average power, he’d have several losses on his record, because he’s been rocked by C-level club fighters and guys far shorter than him. And if he wanted it badly enough, he’d stick with it until he learned to fight like a seasoned pro, which is still two years away. And, talk to me after his first defense against a guy we agree is a real fighter - Martin is a southpaw, less experienced Calvin Brock. He will never be better than OK, even if he turns out to be tough-minded. Nothing happened in the Glazkov fight to draw any boxing conclusions from, except that Glazkov tore his knee without being hit. You happy fellas - happy for you that now you see fighters who are willing to put it out there. But I see that every month at our local club cards and amateur tournaments. Talk to me when one of the young lions have fought to a win after that guts have gotten them over a mountain. Klitschko survived humiliation to become untouchable for a decade; his brother mowed them down or broke them down without fear and with complete adaptability. Enjoy the action. But don’t lose your standards.

Domenic says:

Let's hope Wilder steps up the opposition now. After Stiverne, he was a hot commodity; unfortunately, he's lost much of that excitement and goodwill with the public by fighting 3 nondescript guys since. Somehow he's been able to avoid Povetkin for this 3 fight stretch, even those he's been the mandatory the entire time. Not sure why that is. But if Povetkin is next, and he gets through him, then a fight with Fury would be huge, given the embarrassing, WWE post-fight spectacle last Saturday. There is hope in the division though.

*Luis Ortiz looks good and may be the best guy in the division.
*Fury is THE heavyweight champion, and love him or hate him, he can't be ignored. Say what you will about Klitschko, but going into his backyard and emasculating him isn't easy.
*Klitschko may win the rematch. Who knows, he was considered dead and buried in 2004, then romped for a decade. He'll be more motivated for this than any fight in his entire career.
*Povetkin, despite the ugly loss to Klitschko, has recovered and is back on a roll. He knocked out the faded Mike Perez in a round not too long ago, and is always fighting upper tier guys.
*Charles Martin, can't fault him for fighting for the IBF strap, but it's essentially a currency with no value. The jury's out on him until he fights a legitimate guy. Even if they dredge up Malik Scott, Chris Arreola, or Shannon Briggs, at least that's a step in the right direction.
*Anthony Joshua was almost knocked out by that guy Whyte in his last fight. He battled through a tough test, but seemingly isn't quite ready for anyone mentioned above other than Martin.
*Don't know anything about Joseph Parker, but he's been mentioned on these pages and is considered a prospect to monitor.
*David Haye is back, and weighed about 240 the last time out. I'm not a fan but he's got name recognition and can punch, so if he can generate a modest win streak, will definitely be sellable for a big fight.
*Ike Ibeabuchi is launching a comeback. We all remember when Clifford Etienne got out of the clink, rang up some wins, and was appearing on HBO in no time. Ike already has name recognition and a compelling story, so stay tuned. He also could be a full-blown psychopath and will be derailed by another rape charge. Total wildcard.

Bottom line, the division is as healthy as it's been since Lewis-Klitschko. One other thing, while Wilder's opposition is indefensible since he won the strap, there is a precedent. Holyfield, a consensus all time great, fought Foreman, Bert Cooper, and Holmes after winning the title. That was much maligned at the time, as all of these guys were then considered unworthy of a title shot. In fact, Holyfield was regarded as a blown up cruiserweight, and didn't gain real respect until the loss to Bowe. Bowe fought Jesse Ferguson and a cocaine addled Michael Dokes before the Holyfield rematch. And Wilder isn't even the heavyweight champion, just a strapholder.

deepwater2 says:

Fixed fight was yelled out during that Martin-Glasgov "fight".

I was wondering what the fight would look like and I heard all I needed to hear from the living room while I was doing something else. "Pick Martin because he has the Watsons in his corner!"

Seriously though that fight stunk. Martin looked terrible and the Russian looked like he was told- "It's not your night tonight kid" said by a shadow behind the curtain.

Wilder is still a paper champ. Even Tyson and Lewis couldn't say anything good about the guy.

Before I rip DW, I must say, his unorthodox clumsy punches might be his best attribute, because the guy does not do too much good in the ring.

Spliky won the first 3 rounds. Enough said. Just imagine what a fighter with skills gets a hold of the paper champ.

amayseng says:

Deontay Wilder is everything wrong with boxing, he will fight Charles Martin to unify the IBF and WBC titles, avoiding his Povetkin mandatory.

It's disgusting.


I am not impressed with Wilder. For prospect ok , but for a world champion um no.

Wilder's legs and upper body are so out of sync it is incredible.

Props for him staying in there and landing a great right hand to get him out of there but he is not a skilled fighter in the least.

No hate, just know that if he fights Pov or Fury he is going to look incredibly bad and fans will be asking what happened.

Nothing, he just fought a legit guy.

Radam G says:

Fixed fight was yelled out during that Martin-Glasgov "fight".

I was wondering what the fight would look like and I heard all I needed to hear from the living room while I was doing something else. "Pick Martin because he has the Watsons in his corner!"

Seriously though that fight stunk. Martin looked terrible and the Russian looked like he was told- "It's not your night tonight kid" said by a shadow behind the curtain.

Wilder is still a paper champ. Even Tyson and Lewis couldn't say anything good about the guy.

Before I rip DW, I must say, his unorthodox clumsy punches might be his best attribute, because the guy does not do too much good in the ring.

Spliky won the first 3 rounds. Enough said. Just imagine what a fighter with skills gets a hold of the paper champ.


Hehehehehehe! You kill it with that "It's not your night tonight, kid,' said by a shadow behind the curtain."

That was straight-up CLASSIC! And I could picture tsAH as the humbug behind that curtain. Hehe? Holla!

The Good Doctor says:

I am not impressed with Wilder. For prospect ok , but for a world champion um no.

Wilder's legs and upper body are so out of sync it is incredible.

Props for him staying in there and landing a great right hand to get him out of there but he is not a skilled fighter in the least.

No hate, just know that if he fights Pov or Fury he is going to look incredibly bad and fans will be asking what happened.

Nothing, he just fought a legit guy.



I agree with everything you said above especially ok for a prospect from which I derive my viewpoint.

I kind of have to take the slightly contrarian side of saying that Deontay is still very much a work in progress so the expectations of him to be great now should be tempered. I think people saying that he is terrible is a little overblown and shows a little bit of a lack of perspective. If you look at the guy that fought in 2013 versus the guy that beat a decent fighter in Stivernne, he is worlds (and I mean worlds) better. Considering that level of improvement, suppose someone says Deontay:

-Move your head a little more to avoid some unnecessary shots
-Turn about 30 degrees so you won't be so square
-Close your stance about 6 inches as you are losing mobility and power by being so wide.

All of which are small changes that he could adapt as he progresses. Guys tend to get better when the combination of their confidence growing and more ring exposure come together which I could see for him given some more time.

Also take into account, dude has only been throwing real hands for 7 years and has never had a real trainer. In addition, very rarely (although this is changing) does a fighter get anyone of any real consequence in the ring during the first few years of their pro fighting career if they are thought of as having a chance to be even mediocre.

He is not gifted but most guys are not. He doesn't have Money's ring IQ or defensive ability, RJJ speed, Pac's angles, or Ali's feet which actually makes him no different from 99% of the guys to put on gloves.

However he does have legitimate power, some raw tools in height and length, and his awkwardness has proven to be as much as an asset as a liability.

With all that being said, if he is the same fighter he is now say 2-3 years from now, yeah he is a level under mediocre at best. Consequently though, being at that level may be enough to hold world titles for a long time. I have seen nothing from anyone in that division that says Wilder could not get in enough shots not to put their lights out or that would just overwhelm him with their skill.

Radam G says:

I agree with everything you said above especially ok for a prospect from which I derive my viewpoint.

I kind of have to take the slightly contrarian side of saying that Deontay is still very much a work in progress so the expectations of him to be great now should be tempered. I think people saying that he is terrible is a little overblown and shows a little bit of a lack of perspective. If you look at the guy that fought in 2013 versus the guy that beat a decent fighter in Stivernne, he is worlds (and I mean worlds) better. Considering that level of improvement, suppose someone says Deontay:

-Move your head a little more to avoid some unnecessary shots
-Turn about 30 degrees so you won't be so square
-Close your stance about 6 inches as you are losing mobility and power by being so wide.

All of which are small changes that he could adapt as he progresses. Guys tend to get better when the combination of their confidence growing and more ring exposure come together which I could see for him given some more time.

Also take into account, dude has only been throwing real hands for 7 years and has never had a real trainer. In addition, very rarely (although this is changing) does a fighter get anyone of any real consequence in the ring during the first few years of their pro fighting career if they are thought of as having a chance to be even mediocre.

He is not gifted but most guys are not. He doesn't have Money's ring IQ or defensive ability, RJJ speed, Pac's angles, or Ali's feet which actually makes him no different from 99% of the guys to put on gloves.

However he does have legitimate power, some raw tools in height and length, and his awkwardness has proven to be as much as an asset as a liability.

With all that being said, if he is the same fighter he is now say 2-3 years from now, yeah he is a level under mediocre at best. Consequently though, being at that level may be enough to hold world titles for a long time. I have seen nothing from anyone in that division that says Wilder could not get in enough shots not to put their lights out or that would just overwhelm him with their skill.


Wow! The Good Doctor, you are much too generous and hopeful of D-Wild improving that slight amount that you mentioned that would make him acceptable and even great. But I got bad news for you; he ain't got it. And I doubt that he will ever get it.

Even his trainer, the great Mark Breland -- one of my childhood boksing icons -- admits that D-Wild is lacking in what we pugs know as the "it factor." And it generally takes two or three years to get it. D-Wild has been in da game for 11 years -- eight years as a pro. All he does is mad dog marshmallows and roast them. A mild-warn body is going to destroy him. Dude is the most protected paper champ since the IBU had tons of them between 1900 to the 1930s. Holla!

Domenic says:

I agree with The Good Doctor. We all want Wilder to fight the stiffest opposition, but that's obviously not the game they play, as many here know well. The takeaway from Saturday is the training wheels are off. His career, and ultimately his legacy, lie in his next series of fights. Povetkin's next, and he's unavoidable. He's legitimate. Then Fury, if the stars align correctly (he beats AP, Fury beats WK; not strong odds on this, but MASSIVE money fight if so). Luis Ortiz is out there, too, and he doesn't appear to be an easy night for anyone. The Spilka's of the world are done, unless he runs the table, becomes undisputed, and takes a hometown gimme as a breather (which he'll be forgiven for).

deepwater2 says:

I don't see DW fighting Potvetkin next. He might dump the belt( probably not,the WBC will get a fee) and fight the boxing " champ" known as Martin next.

Czar quitting , the Showtime crew saying "the ringside dr says it's the acl"( you need an mri to see that!) before they even do any diagnostics, Martin saying a punch caused Czar to fall. Looks like one big joke!! Looks like Czar tried to take a dive and it didn't go smoothly.

Up next for Wilder= Arreola , Jennings, Martin. In any order.

No Briggs , Fury, Joshua( DW's best chance is to fight Joshua now) Ortiz, Potvetkin next.

Go to boxrec. Go to heavyweight division. Look between the 20-40th ranked heavyweights and Wilder's opponent will come from there.

Domenic says:

I don't see DW fighting Potvetkin next. He might dump the belt( probably not,the WBC will get a fee) and fight the boxing " champ" known as Martin next.

Czar quitting , the Showtime crew saying "the ringside dr says it's the acl"( you need an mri to see that!) before they even do any diagnostics, Martin saying a punch caused Czar to fall. Looks like one big joke!! Looks like Czar tried to take a dive and it didn't go smoothly.

Up next for Wilder= Arreola , Jennings, Martin. In any order.

No Briggs , Fury, Joshua( DW's best chance is to fight Joshua now) Ortiz, Potvetkin next.

Go to boxrec. Go to heavyweight division. Look between the 20-40th ranked heavyweights and Wilder's opponent will come from there.


I hope you're wrong, but you usually have your finger on the pulse. If he dumps the belt to avoid Povetkin, it'll be disgraceful. Disgraceful is an understatement, actually. The IBF title is valueless, like a currency experiencing hyperinflation. Worthless. He goes that route, he's finished. He reminds me in a way of Michael Grant. But Grant actually fought pretty decent opposition on the way to Lewis, which clearly was too soon. He can't Spilka it forever. Wilder talks big, thinks big, has a big personality. I'm guessing Povetkin happens. I actually think he has a chance in that one, given his power (if he can land something early, he can put AP in the versus-Klitschko mode, which was as ugly a performance as you'll ever see from a real pro). We'll see. Good thing is the heavyweights are being talked about. His team, in my opinion, just can't avoid Povetkin any longer (Guy's been the mandatory for what seems like Andre Ward's layoff).

amayseng says:

I agree with everything you said above especially ok for a prospect from which I derive my viewpoint.

I kind of have to take the slightly contrarian side of saying that Deontay is still very much a work in progress so the expectations of him to be great now should be tempered. I think people saying that he is terrible is a little overblown and shows a little bit of a lack of perspective. If you look at the guy that fought in 2013 versus the guy that beat a decent fighter in Stivernne, he is worlds (and I mean worlds) better. Considering that level of improvement, suppose someone says Deontay:

-Move your head a little more to avoid some unnecessary shots
-Turn about 30 degrees so you won't be so square
-Close your stance about 6 inches as you are losing mobility and power by being so wide.

All of which are small changes that he could adapt as he progresses. Guys tend to get better when the combination of their confidence growing and more ring exposure come together which I could see for him given some more time.

Also take into account, dude has only been throwing real hands for 7 years and has never had a real trainer. In addition, very rarely (although this is changing) does a fighter get anyone of any real consequence in the ring during the first few years of their pro fighting career if they are thought of as having a chance to be even mediocre.

He is not gifted but most guys are not. He doesn't have Money's ring IQ or defensive ability, RJJ speed, Pac's angles, or Ali's feet which actually makes him no different from 99% of the guys to put on gloves.

However he does have legitimate power, some raw tools in height and length, and his awkwardness has proven to be as much as an asset as a liability.

With all that being said, if he is the same fighter he is now say 2-3 years from now, yeah he is a level under mediocre at best. Consequently though, being at that level may be enough to hold world titles for a long time. I have seen nothing from anyone in that division that says Wilder could not get in enough shots not to put their lights out or that would just overwhelm him with their skill.


Understandable about his development or lack thereof and if Wilder is a skilled basketball player then he has the coordination to be skilled as a boxer. What he is missing is a trainer that can get him the foundation of fundamentals. Pivoting correctly, head off center line, footing, spacing among many others like the angles you mentioned along with other nuances.

Sure he would not be as fluid as Floyd Jr who has built those fundamentals since he was 3 but there is always the ability to learn and adjust physically if one has the athletic ability or coordination to do so, at least minimally.

That is where sparing comes in, adapt and change your instincts and reactions.

Wilder does have power and his stamina seems to have improved.

He is american so I am rooting for him but he has a lot of work to do to improve to be at the very top level.

The Good Doctor says:

Wow! The Good Doctor, you are much too generous and hopeful of D-Wild improving that slight amount that you mentioned that would make him acceptable and even great. But I got bad news for you; he ain't got it. And I doubt that he will ever get it.

Even his trainer, the great Mark Breland -- one of my childhood boksing icons -- admits that D-Wild is lacking in what we pugs know as the "it factor." And it generally takes two or three years to get it. D-Wild has been in da game for 11 years -- eight years as a pro. All he does is mad dog marshmallows and roast them. A mild-warn body is going to destroy him. Dude is the most protected paper champ since the IBU had tons of them between 1900 to the 1930s. Holla!


Never said he had "it" No one in the heavyweight division has "it" in my opinion. Saying he doesn't have "it" basically makes him like 99% of the people in the sport. In the game now there are what, maybe 10-15 guys that either have or had "it" recently.

I don't expect him to be Ali, Frazier Bowe, Holyfield, or possibly even Jimmy Young level. Heck I am not even sure he could be a nice heavyweight. All I am saying is, people are expecting way more out of him for what he is right now and that is raw. If no one harnesses "raw" for lack of a better term then the tendency is to become medicore at best.

In addition alot of people throw out the years as a pro argument which is often hogwash. If you look at most fighters in our era, their first fight against a even slightly legitimate opponent comes around the 7 year mark. GGG, Pac-Man, Sergio, Canelo, Marquez, Shane, all fit the bill of that. We accuse Deontay of just beating up on cans, for while a yeah he has, just like everybody else.

Again, not saying he is destined for greatness but in this rush to judgment, instant analysis, microwave society, we often lack perspective. All I am saying is take some perspective before saying the dude is as bad as everyone says he is.

Radam G says:

I don't see DW fighting Potvetkin next. He might dump the belt( probably not,the WBC will get a fee) and fight the boxing " champ" known as Martin next.

Czar quitting , the Showtime crew saying "the ringside dr says it's the acl"( you need an mri to see that!) before they even do any diagnostics, Martin saying a punch caused Czar to fall. Looks like one big joke!! Looks like Czar tried to take a dive and it didn't go smoothly.

Up next for Wilder= Arreola , Jennings, Martin. In any order.

No Briggs , Fury, Joshua( DW's best chance is to fight Joshua now) Ortiz, Potvetkin next.

Go to boxrec. Go to heavyweight division. Look between the 20-40th ranked heavyweights and Wilder's opponent will come from there.


I'm riding shotgun with cha!

For D-Wild, it is definitely -- "(BUM) SQUAD!"

And he will duck outta scrapping with Potvetkin next for the likes of Arreola, Jennings and Martin. With the shot "Cali Crushless" Arreola being the front runner for next.

The WBC is going to let D-Wild roam because tsAH is paying tips to latently run syet. Dude is an arch violator of the "Ali Act." TsAH is also an arch bullsyeter.

Dude is a quasipromoter, a quasimanager and a quasimatchmaker. Oh, YUP! Frontin' dude is running the whole 9 in violation of the "Ali Act."

TsAH is just an "advisor" my arse. He is a humbug with a lot of paper champs that screws.

The inexperience Joshua had made thrice amount of dough that D-Wild has. Holla!

Radam G says:

Never said he had "it" No one in the heavyweight division has "it" in my opinion. Saying he doesn't have "it" basically makes him like 99% of the people in the sport. In the game now there are what, maybe 10-15 guys that either have or had "it" recently.

I don't expect him to be Ali, Frazier Bowe, Holyfield, or possibly even Jimmy Young level. Heck I am not even sure he could be a nice heavyweight. All I am saying is, people are expecting way more out of him for what he is right now and that is raw. If no one harnesses "raw" for lack of a better term then the tendency is to become mediocore at best.

In addition alot of people throw out the years as a pro argument which is often hogwash. If you look at most fighters in our era, their first fight against a even slightly legitimate opponent comes around the 7 year mark. GGG, Pac-Man, Sergio, Canelo, Marquez, Shane, all fit the bill of that. We accuse Deontay of just beating up on cans, for while a yeah he has, just like everybody else. Also, just like everyone else, his first even slightly legitimate opponent (Stivernne) came before his 7th pro year which he actually handled well (much to my surprise)

Again, not saying he is destined for greatness but in this rush to judgment, instant analysis, microwave society, we often lack perspective. All I am saying is take some perspective before saying the dude is as bad as everyone says he is.


I'm lost at how you came up with the seven-year mark. It was more like a seven-fight mark of the pugs that you listed. With the exception of Sergio Martinez -- I assume that he is the one you mean -- and Canelo, who fought stiffs, cadavers and other children, because that is what he was by starting off in the game at 14. Even 20 of his early scraps are not listed as pro bouts. Both weak "Boxrec" and powerful "Fightfax" have refused to credit him.

The jury has quit on D-Wild. Dude is the most protected belt holder since Primo Canera. And it is no way out of that. I would love for D-Wild to step up and shut up. And beat a live dawg. But it ain't gonna happen, because tsAH and Team D-Wild are perpetrating a fraud. A BIG one. And tsAH is the Puppetmaster. Holla!

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

Shoulder Roll - Even though I don’t always agree with where you land, you usually arrive there from a superior knowledge of boxing. But I’m confused by your enthusiasm for the advent of enthusiastic club fights in place of championship level skills. First, about Klitschko - your statement is bizarro-land. He was touted as one of the most gifted athletes of all heavy champs, ever. Steward had touted his physical abilities and his power as superior to any heavyweight he had ever worked with. His early fights showed rare dexterity, timing, speed, balance, accurate combinations. He never developed a warrior’s toughness of mind except after learning to be a control freak as a way of keeping his opponents predictable - I know the way anxiety works and how people compensate for it - and as a result he became BORING - but rarely lost a ten-second stretch of a fight against every style imaginable. It wasn’t a SKILLED fighter who beat him - it was a spirited, tall, fearless slap-fighter (Fury) who annoyed him into frustrated waiting, which lost him the points a more mentally flexible fighter would have grabbed just by moving his hands (because when he did, he landed, hard - three times in the whole damn fight). As for the guys we just saw - I, too, am looking forward to a competitive and fun heavyweight division - but, let’s be honest, if Wilder had average power, he’d have several losses on his record, because he’s been rocked by C-level club fighters and guys far shorter than him, and he’s only beginning to be able to use his height or jab to control distance and win exchanges where he doesn’t KO the other guy. He is now officially young-prospect-level on a skill basis, and we don’t know if he can do ANYTHING against a large opponent who is slick enough to land a couple of clean combos without hanging on his back leg out of fear. And if he wanted it badly enough, he’d stick with it until he learned to fight like a seasoned pro, which is still two years away. And, talk to me after his first defense against a guy we agree is a real fighter - Martin is a southpaw, less experienced Calvin Brock. He will never be better than OK, even if he turns out to be tough-minded. Slow feet and punches learned by rote, with no jazz or snap. Nothing happened in the Glazkov fight to draw any good boxing conclusions from, except that Glazkov tore his knee without being hit. You happy fellas - happy for you that now you see American fighters who are willing to put it out there. Show me one Carl Williams, one Tyrell Biggs, one Greg Page, one COONEY who will throw two or five or eight hard combos with well-rendered body shots, one Tony Tubbs or Michael Dokes with slicks and speed - even if they don’t reach their potential, they impressed in some meaningful SKILLED way in every fight. But I see the other night’s energy level every month at our local club cards and amateur tournaments. Talk to me when one of the young lions have fought to a win after their guts have gotten them over a mountain. Klitschko survived humiliation and the sobering fact that if he opened up with his arsenal he couldnt afford the price, and become untouchable for a decade; his brother mowed them down or broke them down without fear, with an iron chin, and with complete adaptability. Enjoy the action. But don’t lose your standards. You’re excited about “champions" who wouldn’t be noticeable in the much-maligned 80s just because they sweat and try. Not good enough.


Mort, I respect your boxing analysis but we must agree to disagree. Wilder isn't very skilled but unlike some of the scribes on this thread I will argue that he has the "it" factor. Skill is important, but heart and intangibles are just as important and I believe Wilder has both the heart and intangibles to make up for what he doesn’t possess skill wise. It was the intangibles and heart that enabled him to defeat much more seasoned amateurs and qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, winning a bronze medal in the process. He has God given attributes such as speed and power and as Ronnie Shields said the other day, "speed kills." I'm not saying that Wilder is a one of a kind talent, but in today's heavyweight division he will do very well and should have a decent reign as champ.

Ironically, I view Wladimir Klitschko in the same light that you view Wilder. Wladimir is a Super Heavyweight size wise and has been feasting off of second tier contenders for years. Talking about the heavyweights of decades ago; I don’t know Wlad could handle a "B" level fighter the caliber of Donovan Razor Ruddock. Vitali is the much better boxer and had better skills and a chin although Wlad is more athletic. The current version of Wladimir Klitschko gets knocked out by Wilder, Joshua, or any hungry young heavyweight 6'5 or taller.

I am biased in regards to Charles Martin. He used to primarily train out Henry Tillman's gym in Carson, CA., but that gym is no longer in operation. Henry is his assistant trainer and also used to train my son. I got to interact and talk with Mr. Martin frequently. He is a good kid and he must be given a chance to prove himself. Glazkov blowing out his knee (replay confirmed) was unfortunate, but Charles will have other opportunities to prove himself. He is a legitimate 6'5 southpaw that has power in both of his hands. The jury is still out on him but I am confident that he will prove himself worthy to be called champ. He has the talent, I have seen it first hand.

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