Brooklyn, NY: Heavyweight Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) may be coming off a major upset victory over veteran Tomasz "Goral" Adamek (49-3, 29 KOs) but his next opponent Derric "El León" Rossy (29-8, 14 KOs) believes he is going to be Czar's biggest challenge to date. The two are slotted to face-off as the main event on the next installment of NBCSN Fight Night (a special triple header edition) live from Sands Casino Hotel in Bethlehem, PA on August 9. This will also be Rossy's Fight Night debut.
The two heavyweights are both 6'3" tall and Rossy wants to warn fans, "It is going to be a heck of a brawl!" Rossy, 34, has 37 professional fights on his resume while his younger opponent, Glazkov, 29, has less than half as many with 18. Rossy warned, "Everyone wants a knockout. It is going to be a great fight. You've got two hungry guys looking to go at it. My prediction is this is going to be an unbelievable fight."
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Rossy is coming off an upset majority decision victory over Joe Hanks on May 16th in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. That fight was his first with trainer Grant Seligson. The two are training for this upcoming fight at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, NY. When asked about what it is like to train Rossy, Grant replied, "Training Derric is a pleasure. He listens to everything. He is very open-minded. We get along great. We are a great team." El León declined to reveal his game plan for Czar but did have this prediction, "You are going to see a slugfest but you are also going to see some great boxing. It is going to have everything."
Glazkov & Adamek
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As part of his preparation for this fight Rossy and Seligson watched Czar's fight against Adamek on March 15th. As a result Rossy had this analysis of his young opponent, "We've seen some film on him. The kid is a really sound fighter. We need to be at our best. There is no slacking on this. There are no easy fights but this kid can really fight. We are excited to meet the challenge. With the Adamek fight he really showed that he wasn't just a prospect. He is very sound at what he does." His manager, Sal Musumeci added, "Derric is a veteran. He has tremendous worldwide experience fighting many top and world-ranked fighters. Derric is a true warrior. I believe this fight will be Glazkov's real test not Adamek. He's in for the real test on August 9."
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This will be Czar's third appearance at Sands Casino Hotel in Bethlehem, PA. Rossy is from Medford, NY and believes Czar will have the home crowd advantage at Sands but he said, "I hope my fans can get out to see the fight. The more support the better for me but I am not a stranger to being in the enemy territory. It doesn't bother me." Musumeci added, "When you get two heavyweights like this to step up and face each other, when most of the heavyweights out there are so selective and sit around and wait for an opportunity, this shows the heart of two world class heavyweights getting in the ring to put on a great show. The winner of this deserves a world title shot."
Dereck Chisora to battle Tyson Fury in 2014's BIGGEST rematch on Saturday, July 26 live on AWE "In one of this year's most anticipated fights, undefeated Heavyweight GIANT 6'9" Tyson Fury (22-0-0) is set to battle top ten world ranked Dereck Chisora (20-4-0) for the WBO World Heavyweight title final eliminator. Don't miss one of this year's most explosive heavyweight fights, rated by BoxRec at five stars. LIVE AND EXCLUSIVELY ON AWE - A Wealth of Entertainment. Don't miss it.
San Diego, CA - July, 17, 2014 -On Saturday afternoon, July 26, Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO's) and Tyson Fury (22-0 16 KO's) will do battle in a twelve round Heavyweight fight that is being called the biggest rematch of 2014.
The fight, which will be staged at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England, will televised live and exclusively in the United States on AWE--A Wealth of Entertainment.
The two top-ten heavyweights met almost three years ago to the day (July 23, 2011) in a bout that saw Fury win a hotly contested unanimous decision. Fast forward three years and there is some serious bad blood as both Fury and Chisora have professed tremendous disdain for each other and each is vowing a knockout.
To add to the animosity, the European, British and WBO International Heavyweight titles will all be on the line. Maybe most importantly this bout is a final eliminator for the number-one spot in the WBO and gives the winner a crack at unified world Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
"We are ecstatic to bring this five-star fight to the fans of the United States", said AWE CEO Robert Herring. "This fight has so many story lines that range from the great first fight to two guys that really dislike each other to the belts and of course a shot at Klitschko. There will be a winner in the ring but the big winners will be the fans of the United States who will get to witness this can't miss Heavyweight fight on AWE,".
Chisora of London already has had a taste of a world title opportunity but he came up short when he put up a courageous effort against then-WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in 2012.
He established himself as a Heavyweight contender by winning his first thirteen bouts with wins over the like of Sam Sexton (7-0 & 13-1) plus Mike Tyson conqueror, Danny Williams (41-8). He won the British Heavyweight title with win over Williams and that put him in line to face fellow undefeated Fury.
After that great fight, Chisora took on a murderers' row of opponents that saw Chisora lose a controversial decision to undefeated Rober Helenius (16-0). Chisora won in the court of public opinion as his performance against Helenius facilitated a shot at Klitschko. Chisora was as competitive as any recent Klitschko opponent but he dropped a unanimous decision to the longtime Ukrainian champion. In his next bout he was stopped for the only time in his career by former two-division world champion David Haye.
Chisora has been undeterred as he has won five bouts in a row against top competition. He captured the WBO International title with a 6th round stoppage over Malik Scott (35-0-1). He won the European title with a 5th round stoppage of Edmund Gerber (23-1). Dereck won the WBA International title with a 3rd-round destruction of Ondrej Pala (32-3). In his last bout he scored a 12-round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Kevin Johnson (29-4-1) on February 15.
Fury of Manchester, England has become a lightning rod for controversy and in the process, his fights have become must-see television.
The 6'9" behemoth has been groomed to become an heir apparent in the Heavyweight division and has scored big wins over Marcel Zeller (21-3), Scott Velshaw (10-1). He won the English title with a 10-round unanimous decision over John McDermott (25-5) and then stopped him 9 rounds in the rematch.
Fury continued on a path of destruction as beat undefeated foes and quality opposition such as Rich Power (12-0), Marcelo Nascimento (13-0), Chisora (14-0), Neven Pajic (16-0), Martin Rigan (14-2), Vinny Maddalone (35-7) & Johnson (28-2-1).
Fury showed his heart and determination when he was dropped hard in the 2nd round by two-time Cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (25-5). Fury was down on the scorecards but cameback to score a 7th round stoppage in Fury's American debut at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Fury was twice scheduled to fight Haye but the former two-division champ had to pull out both times with injuries.
That kept Fury on the sidelines for 10-months until he came back on February 15 and took out American Joey Abell (29-7) in four rounds.
More bouts will be announced shortly
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