This week in boxing history, PBC revisits title defenses by two heavyweight greats, a controversial light heavyweight title bout, a dramatic knockout in our 2015 Fight of the Year and the only boxer to hold world titles in three weight divisions simultaneously.
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.
In the bustling Las Vegas gym where Marco Huck’s getting his hands wrapped next to a couple of jiujitsu fighters grappling on a wrestling mat, a blaring Lady Gaga tune still isn't enough to drown out various grunts of exertion.