Poland's Krzysztof Glowacki was already an underdog when he left his homeland last summer for a fight that represented not only his American debut, but also a larger-than-life opportunity against long-reigning 200-pound champion Marco Huck.
After a mixed bag of results as a heavyweight, Steve Cunningham is sliding back down the scale to the 200-pound division—a weight class that seems to suit him better physically and mentally, and where he twice held a world championship.
One of the most talented and feared young contenders in boxing gets his chance to shine on the big stage—and all he has to do is fight a former champion on his home turf.
Johnny Nelson reigned over the 200-pound division for six years and 13 title defenses from 1999 to 2005. Marco Huck had matched him on both counts, with 13 defenses of his own and a six-year run from 2009-15. But he was looking to take those records all for himself August 14 with a win over Polish southpaw Krzysztof Glowacki.
Power and precision, toughness and tenacity, unbreakable will and undeniable heart—all are attributes that drive fans to boxing. And they were all on display for three mesmerizing minutes in Newark, New Jersey, on August 14.
Krzysztof Glowacki lay flat on his back early in the sixth round Friday night, his gloves briefly squeezing both sides of his head after he was flattened by Marco Huck’s equilibrium-stealing left hook to the temple. At that moment, not even the large contingent of Polish fans in attendance at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, would’ve wagered on their countryman making it to his feet before the 10 count.
With two rounds to go, Marco Huck was closing in on boxing history. And then Krzysztof Glowacki slammed the record book shut.
Antonio Tarver expects the arrival of a grandson next month. But Friday night, the 46-year-old southpaw continues his quest to become the oldest man to win a heavyweight championship.