Krzysztof Glowacki vs. Oleksandr Usyk battle this Saturday

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By Allan Fox: Boxing fans are going to get a chance to see whether WBO Cruiserweight titlist Krzysztof Glowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) is for real or not when he defends his WBO title against #1 challenger Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs) this Saturday night at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Glowacki will be fighting at home in front of friendly audience but it might not help him, because Usyk appears to be the real thing. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine has the size, punching and the boxing ability to beat Glowacki in front of his own fans. Glowacki has won his last two fights on the road against Steve Cunningham and Marco Huck in the United States. 

The win over the 40-year-old Cunningham was expected, because that was just a voluntary defense and not expected to be a particularly competitive match. It ended up being a competitive fight, as Cunningham exposed Glowacki’s vulnerability in getting out-boxed.

Glowacki was fine when he was knocking Cuningham down four times in the fight. But when Glowacki wasn’t able to knock Cunningham down, he was losing the rounds due to him getting outworked and hit a lot. If Usyk is able to nail Glowacki as often as Cunningham and Huck did, then this fight won’t last very long. Glowacki gets hit too much and he can be hurt, as we saw in his fight against Huck.

“I feel terrific and I’m completely focused on winning the world championship,” Usyk said via espn.com. “This was my next goal after winning the gold medal in 2012.”

The 6’3” Usyk has the height, reach and the superior defensive skills of the two. It’s not easy to hit Usyk without running into one of his hard left hands or powerful jabs. Glowacki is going to need to be a little more subtle in his attacking style of fighting, because he has a bad habit of telegraphing his shots. You can always tell when Glowacki is about to throw one of his big left hands, because he loads up and puts his entire body into the shot.

Usyk is always going to know when Glowacki is getting ready to land a shot because he’s going to telegraph his punches each. That’ll enable Usyk to step back to avoid the shot.

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If Usyk can capture Glowacki’s World Boxing Organization title, he would become the quickest champion in the cruiserweight division’s history. Usyk has fought only nine times since turning pro several years ago after winning a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. This would be big news if Usyk can beat Glowacki in his home country. Usyk is going into the lion’s den in challenging for his WBO title. He might need a knockout to get out of there with Glowacki’s WBO title.

Glowacki appears to be a good cruiserweight, but he’s been beating flawed fighters in Huck and Cunningham. Huck held the WBO title for a number of years, but he was always a fairly primitive fighter who won his fights based off his raw power rather than his boxing skills, which you can argue are rudimentary.

Prediction: Usyk by 6th round knockout over Glowacki.

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Glowacki, Usyk Make Weight Ahead of Cruiserweight Title Tilt

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By Jake Donovan

Krzysztof Glowacki and Oleksandr Usyk both made weight ahead of their highly anticipated title clash, the latest in a continued series of thrilling bouts in the current state of the cruiserweight division.

Both came within the 200 lb. division limit; Glowacki tipped the scales at 199.3 lbs., while Usyk checked in at a shredded 198.75 lbs. for their headliner Saturday evening at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Glowacki (26-0, 16KOs) will attempt the second defense of the cruiserweight title he annexed in thrilling – and violent fashion – with an 11th round knockout of Marco Huck last August. The Fight of the Year-level war saw both boxers hit the canvas, with Glowacki rallying to score a knockdown and stoppage, thus leaving Huck tied with Johnny Nelson for the most successful title defenses in boxing history.

The 30-year old southpaw retained his title with a 12-round win over Steve Cunningham this past April in Brooklyn, New York. Saturday’s bout will mark his first in his native Poland as a reigning champion.

Usyk (9-0, 9KOs) has been a knockout every time out since entering the pro ranks, but enters by far the toughest challenge of his young career. The unbeaten southpaw twice represented Ukraine in the Olympics, losing in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Beijing Games to Clemente Russo before avenging the loss in capturing Olympic gold four years later in London.

The 29-year old has been matched aggressively since his pro debut in Nov. ’13, with all 10 career opponents (including Glowacki) boasting at least twice as many fights. His lone setback, however, has been inactivity, having not fought since last December. He was due to take on a stay-busy bout in April, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.

With the mandated title fight versus Glowacki on the horizon, Usyk opted to sit on the sidelines in lieu of pursuing an interim bout.

The scheduled 12-round battle will air live via free and legal webcast on Klowd TV.

www.boxingscene.com/glowacki-usyk-make-weight-ahead-cruiserweight-title-tilt–108826?print_friendly=1

Glowacki vs. Usyk – Live Stream Information

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San Diego, CA – Undefeated WBO Cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki will make the 2nd defense of his title this Saturday when he takes on undefeated Oleksandr Usyk in a highly anticipated bout that will be streamed live and exclusively in the United States on www.klowdtv.com at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT

This fight, along with all content on klowdtv.com is free for the month of September.

The bout will take place at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, will feature two of the best cruiserweights in the world as they will risk their unblemished marks.

“We are elated to be able to pick up this bout and be able to show it to the fans in the United States,” said Chris Schickedanz, Directing manager  of klowdtv.com

“This fight has been mentioned by many of fans around the world as a can’t miss fight and has been the chatter of a lot of the boxing message boards.  With fight’s like this and next weekend’s Lightweight championship bout between Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares, www.klowdtv.com will become the hub of boxing on the internet.

“We are committed to bringing the best fights from all over the globe to the great boxing fans of America.  We are equally as excited to bring these fights for no extra charge and we look forward to providing these types of fights going forward.”

www.klowdtv.com is FREE for the month of September and will carry price of just $7.99 per month.  The service currently showcases 15 networks which includes AWE, OANN, The Fight Network, Fantasy Sports Network and GOLTV.

Glowacki of Walcz, Poland has a record of 26-0 with 16 knockouts.

He won the WBO Cruiserweight title with a stunning knockout of longtime champion Marco Huck in what was a 2015 “Fight of the Year” finalist.  He followed that win up with a 12-round unanimous decision over classy two-time world champion Steve Cunningham on April 16th in Brooklyn, New York.

Usyk of Kiev, Ukraine is 9-0 with nine knockouts and is considered one of if not the top prospect in the sport.

After capturing the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal, the 29 year-old Usyk has blown through his professional competition as he has stopped every man who has stepped in the ring with him.  In his last bout, Pedro Rodriguez (22-1) was Usyk’s victim as he succumbed to Usyk’s fury in the seventh round on December 12, 2015 in Kiev.

www.boxingscene.com/glowacki-vs-usyk-live-stream-information–108787?print_friendly=1

Glowacki: I have my health, strength and will…I have everything!

 

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By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “The Head” Głowacki, who will defend his belt this Saturday at the ERGO Arena in Gdańsk, Poland, against the undefeated and feared Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KOs), was all smiles at today’s open training. “I have my health, strength and will. I have everything needed to beat Usyk and keep my belt. Losing the title is not an option,” said ‘The Head,’ who showed a lot more confidence than Usyk did 24 hours earlier. Głowacki’s trainer Fiodor Lapin, who prefers to keep everything under wraps with his world champion, went almost 10 minutes of full pads in front of cameras…and the watchful eye of Usyk’s trainer James Ali Bashir.

Around hundred fans who found their way into a small boxing gym in Gdynia, got a bonus: open training of 6’7 heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (32-1, 18 KOs), who on the Polsat Boxing Night Głowacki-Usyk undercard will face Albert Sosnowski (49-7, 30 KOs)

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09/17/2016 Krzysztof Glowacki vs. Oleksandr Usyk

Date:   Saturday, September 17, 2016

WBO JR. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BOUT

Location:   Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland

Promoter:  Warriors Boxing – Leon Margules / K-2 Ukraine – Alexander Krassyuk

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