TWO HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ONE NIGHT

CHARLES MARTIN vs. VYACHESLAV GLAZKOV ADDED TO DEONTAY WILDER vs. ARTUR SZPILKA FOR HISTORIC HEAVYWEIGHT EVENT AT BARCLAYS CENTER; LIVE ON SHOWTIME®

BROOKLYN (Dec. 22, 2015) – Four heavyweights will meet in two world title fights for one history-making night in Brooklyn.

Undefeated heavyweight challengers Charles Martin and Vyacheslav Glazkov will battle for the vacant IBF World Championship on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Barclays Center, live on SHOWTIME®. Glazkov vs. Martin joins the previously announced main event featuring undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., making the third defense of his title against confident Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KOs), of Wieliczka, Poland.

“There has not been a heavyweight title fight in Brooklyn in 115 years. On Jan. 16, there will be two,” said Promoter Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Warriors Boxing and Sferis Knockout Promotions, start at $25, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visitingwww.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Purchase before January 1 and receive a 10 percent discount. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

?”?I’m feeling really blessed to get this opportunity,” said Martin. “I want to become a world champion so I can go down in history as a top heavyweight. Glazkov ?is a great fighter. He’s undefeated, ?so I know ?it’?s going to be a t?ough fight, ?but I’m coming in to be victorious. ?I’m getting ready and ?training hard so I can go out there and get that win.” ?

“I am looking forward to getting back in the ring and finally getting my opportunity to fight for a world title,” said Glazkov. “I want to thank everyone who helped me get to this place in my career.”

“It’s an honor to promote a dynamic young champion like Deontay Wilder against a tough threatening opponent like Szpilka,” said DiBella. “What would have been the first heavyweight title fight in Brooklyn in 115 years is now one of the first two. Martin versus Glazkov should be an extremely competitive fight and fans will be treated to the rarity of being able to see two world heavyweight championship fights on the same card.”

“I am excited to be involved in this historic event involving two heavyweight world titles fights, contested on the same evening,” said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. “Having worked with Artur Szpilka since he began his career, I know he is more than ready for this challenge. Artur and Charles Martin both have all the tools necessary to win heavyweight world title in Brooklyn on January 16.”

“January 16 will be our best card yet,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. “We’re excited to host two heavyweight world title fights in one night and continue to make Brooklyn the center of boxing.”

Martin (22-0-1, 20 KOs), of Carson, Calif., by way of St. Louis, is 22-0-1 with 20 KOs and is rated fourth by the IBF. The Ukrainian Glazkov, the No. 1-ranked IBF contender, is 21-0-1 with 13 knockouts.

The unbeaten Martin has stopped his last 12 opponents. The 6-foot-5, 29-year-old southpaw is coming off a third round TKO of Vicente Sandez in September. Martin, a top-level amateur, has maintained a busy schedule since turning professional – he fought four times in 2015 and five times in 2014. Martin is trained by U.S. Olympian Henry Tillman in Big Bear, Calif.

The aggressive-minded, 6-foot-3 Glazkov has won seven consecutive fights, including both his outings in 2015. Glazkov, who has never been knocked down, owns victories over former champions Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek. The win over Cunningham this past March earned him the No. 1 spot in the IBF. Before turning pro in July 2009, Glazkov was an amateur standout in the Ukraine – he won the bronze medal at super heavyweight at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and was a silver medalist at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships. The 31-year-old will make his U.S. debut fighting for the IBF belt that was recently vacated by Tyson Fury.

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Sorry! But there will not be two scraps for heavyweight world titles in Brooklyn after 115 years. There is just one real world and one real world champ. And he is Tyson "Fists of" Fury. All other world champs are pretenders fighting for paper crowns. By the way, Tyson did not "vacate" the IBF title. He was stripped. Holla!


-miguel1 :

I agree completely Radam, it is a night of basically pretenders. I like Wilder, and perhaps the WBC belt has a place but we need to get beyond all that nonsense. If I was opening a night club I would seriously look at Charles Martin to watch the door. To be on two alphabet soupies top 3 lists as contenders Im done playing with these fools.


-brownsugar :

I dont think its the fighters fault that every weight class has 5 or 6 belts apiece.........thats not gonna change anytime soon, and nobody's gonna turn down a chance to get a title whether its paper, polyester, or plastic......its so crazy now that at least one of the belts Fury holds has at 3 versions of the heavyweight championship alone. Fury does get HUGE credit for knocking off WK, I can agree with the public perception that he is the top guy because of who he beat to get the position, but like Mayweather said, ....belts just collect dust. They are still all pretenders until they fight each other in my eyes, lip service only goes so far....or until someone emerges who can establish dominance over the current crop., If Ortiz versus Fury or Wilder or Povetkin doesn't get made (or any permutation of that list) in 2016, Then the whole division will creep back into obscurity,... Thats why I feel the heavyweights are on the cusp of reclaiming their glory. I want to witness who will be the last man standing...or will they play hide and seek games amongst each other all over again. Fury won an important fight, but he can't rest on his laurels indefinitely...... he only won the privilege to show whether or not he can retain the honors bestowed upon him. As for Glazkov vs Martin... not at all impressed by either one, i hope somebody proves me wrong. It doesnt matter to me how they market this fight, they can call it night of the cherry pickers or night of the emerald champions, or night of the paper champs.... the end result is two more people will have been eliminated from the pool of potential contenders which will create more anticipation for the cream of the crop to face each other...if that doesnt happen it wont matter who is fighting who anymore and boxing will have shot itself in the foot yet again.


-deepwater2 :

Martin is ranked at number 42 in the world and is the 13th ranked American heavyweight. How does he deserve a shot? He doesn't. Neither does glassjaw. It's a sham heavyweight fight.


-Radam G :

Dangit! I just hollered at some research and confirmed that in 1900 when that heavyweight scrap was in Brooklyn, there were at least two other alphabet sanctioning organizational champs. WTF! Progress is a stagnant illusion. There will forever be different generational corrupted playas, but the SOS! Holla!


-Bernie Campbell :

Does any of you Friscoes know that Artur Spylka served a year and a half in a Polish Prison for a street fight he had! It must have been a real bad incident and very sadistic too to throw the book him like they did! I hope Wilder wins this for a change with me!


-Radam G :

Does any of you Friscoes know that Artur Spylka served a year and a half in a Polish Prison for a street fight he had! It must have been a real bad incident and very sadistic too to throw the book him like they did! I hope Wilder wins this for a change with me!
C'mon, B-Camp! Be easy! Dude did the crime. And he served his time. He's clear sailing now. Live and live. Let there be peace on earth. And let it star with not the Friscoes. But with B-Camp! Holla!


-oubobcat :

Martin is ranked at number 42 in the world and is the 13th ranked American heavyweight. How does he deserve a shot? He doesn't. Neither does glassjaw. It's a sham heavyweight fight.
I don't think Martin should be ranked 42. He is a good looking young heavyweight and has not necessarily fought all pushovers. He has shown heavy hands and good speed. He is someone who I think has promise but obviously still some questions. That said, Martin-Glazkov is a solid heavyweight crossroads fight between two guys looking to crack the top 15. This is not a title fight and neither is Wilder-Spzilka. The real champ is Tyson Fury and this is a card showcasing some potential contenders to Fury's crown.


-Radam G :

I don't think Martin should be ranked 42. He is a good looking young heavyweight and has not necessarily fought all pushovers. He has shown heavy hands and good speed. He is someone who I think has promise but obviously still some questions. That said, Martin-Glazkov is a solid heavyweight crossroads fight between two guys looking to crack the top 15. This is not a title fight and neither is Wilder-Spzilka. The real champ is Tyson Fury and this is a card showcasing some potential contenders to Fury's crown.
With it, you are nice! And don't have an iota of cold in your ice. But I have it in me thrice. That is just the boxing price. And I'm just spittin' advice. This card is perpetrating a fraud. My jury is still out on C-Mart. But D-Wild should be arrested for swindling. He is a marshmallow collector. Holla!


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Haters will learn to respect Charles Martin. He is arguably the best heavyweight under 30 years of age, a skilled southpaw with power in both hands and world class trainers keeping his game sharp. I will bet the house that he defeats Wilder if they ever fight.


-Radam G :

Haters will learn to respect Charles Martin. He is arguably the best heavyweight under 30 years of age, a skilled southpaw with power in both hands and world class trainers keeping his game sharp. I will bet the house that he defeats Wilder if they ever fight.
You might be right. But don't bet your house. He is very talented, but has a lot of flaws. Holla!