By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment –

It took eight and a half months but boxing fans finally have a clear fight of the year.

And it was in the cruiserweight division.

In a dramatic and violent fight in which both fighters hit the canvas, Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki upset long-reigning WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck by knocking him out in the eleventh round at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The fight was the co-featured bout to the Antonio Tarver-Steve Cunningham main event on the “Premier Boxing Champions” card on Spike on Friday night.

Huck (38-3-1, 26 KO’s) was attempting to break the record for the most consecutive cruiserweight title defenses in boxing history (14) but his opponent wasn’t so agreeable. Glowacki (25-0, 16 KO’s), fighting in front of a passionate, pro-Polish crowd, hurt Huck in the first and knocked him down once in the eleventh before stopping him along the ropes in the same round. It was the fight in between Glowacki’s early and late success, however, which showed both men’s heart and courage. Glowacki was almost knocked out himself in the sixth after getting drilled with a hard left hook that left him staring up from the canvas.

It was that type of fight.

“The U.S. market is now open to me,” Glowacki said in the ring after the fight ended. “Fans around the world will now have to respect the cruiserweight division.”

If there are more fights like his one against Huck, that probably won’t be an issue.

Glowacki began the fight aggressively. He slammed Huck into the ropes with a left and in the final ten seconds of the round he rocked him in the corner with a hard right that made Huck’s legs jiggle. Glowacki continued to march forward in the second as he banged Huck to the body and head but Huck appeared to settle down on his punches in the final minute. Both men fought after the bell in the third and fourth but Huck did better in the latter after connecting with clean, flush shots.

Both men exchanged big punches in the fifth as Huck began to pick up the pace as much as Glowacki dropped it. A wide left hook then dropped Glowacki on his back in the sixth. The fight appeared to be over as the Polish fighter lay on the canvas with his hands above his head but he unsteadily rose and the action was allowed to continue.

“I didn’t know where I was,” Glowacki would state later on.

Surprisingly, Glowacki fought back well and held his own against Huck in what turned into an all-action round. Huck and Glowacki took a breather in the first half of the seventh but then Glowacki connected with a right that drove Huck back into the ropes. Glowacki flinched coming out of a combination in the eighth and Huck jumped on him and hurt him with shots of his own. Huck also connected well with combinations in the tenth as Glowacki seemed to tire.

In the eleventh, however, Glowacki awoke again. Huck attempted to land a lazy combination and soon paid the price after Glowacki connected with a left and wide right. The shots dropped Huck violently to the floor. Huck rose on clearly shaky legs and Glowacki quickly resumed battering his opponent. Huck couldn’t adequately defend himself but attempted to move out of the way anyway. Glowacki stayed on top of him, however, and connected with left hooks that snapped Huck’s head back along the ropes. As Huck continued to absorb punishment his body crumbled into the middle ropes, prompting referee David Fields to make a correct stoppage at the 2:39 mark of the round.

“When there was one minute left in the eleventh I knew I had to come on strong,” said Glowacki. “I always had a thing against bullies. Huck was trying to bully me in the ring and I brought it to him. This is the biggest night of my life.”

Entering round eleven, Huck was ahead 96-93, 96-93 and 95-94.

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Date:   Friday – August 14, 2015


Location:  Prudential Center,  Newark, New Jersey, USA

Promoter:   DiBella Entertainment

Supervisor:   Jose Izquierdo II, Esq.

Referee:  David Fields

Judges:   Larry Layton 96-93,  Lynne Carter  95-94,   George Hill  96-93

Results:   Marco Huck lost the WBO Jr. Heavyweight Title against Krzysztof Glowacki when he knocking him out in the eleventh round.



By Lou McLaughlin at ringside / Credit:  Photos by Mikey Williams / Top Rank –

WBO #10 jr middleweight Michel Soro (26-1-1, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over hometown favorite WBO #2, IBF #5 jr middleweight Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-2, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. After three good rounds, Soro rocked Tapia with a barrage of punches in round four and referee David Fields waved it off at 2:10. Soro claimed the NABO and USBA junior middleweight titles.

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Michel Soro went to enemy territory and stopped the hometown fighter, while Seanie Monaghan stayed unbeaten in the co-feature.

Credit:  Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank – Article by:  Scott Christ –

After a quick start in round one, Glen Tapia got figured out, and Michel Soro wound up stopping the hometown fighter tonight in Newark, scoring a TKO victory at 2:10 of round four on truTV’s Friday Night Knockout.

Soro (26-1-1, 16 KO) endured a rush from Tapia at the start of the fight, and by the second round seemed to have his opponent solved, as he began to land clean and hard counter shots, digging to the body at moments, and controlling everything behind his jab.

Tapia (23-2, 15 KO) struggled a bit with Soro’s movement, too, but he stayed active, throwing a lot of punches, though most of them were coming up well short. His body attacks when he did pin Soro to the ropes were fended off by Soro, who ate a lot of the shots with his elbows, and then was able to effectively fight or simply move out of any trouble.

The second and third rounds went to Soro, and in the fourth, he clipped an aggressive Tapia with a right hand that badly hurt the New Jersey native, sending him wobbling around the ring. He made his way to the ropes, where he kept attempting to grab and survive, but Soro would have none of it, and continued to land shots as he threw in bunches looking to put the fight away. A final left hook forced referee David Fields to stop the contest.

Soro, 27 and fighting out of France by way of Côte d’Ivoire, gets the biggest win of his career with this one, while Tapia, 25, takes a major step back. He’d won three straight after being mauled by James Kirkland in December 2013, but he looked a little outclassed in this one.

Seanie Monaghan stayed undefeated in the co-feature, surviving a late rally by Brazil’s Cleiton Conceiçāo to win on scores of 98-92, 98-92, and 99-91. BLH had it 97-93 for Monaghan (23-0, 15 KO), giving the final three rounds to Conceiçāo, a 2000 Olympian. truTV’s Ray Mancini had it 96-94 for Monaghan, and it’s pretty clear the scores were a bit wider than they should have been, but Monaghan definitely deserved the victory.

Soro landed 74 of 171 punches for a 43% connect rate, compared to 75 of 313 (24%) for Tapia.


crop_bernardhopkins_1El púgil ruso Sergey Kovalev venció por decisión unánime al veterano estadounidense Bernard Hopkins y unificó los tres títulos del peso semipesado, versión de la AMB, la FIB y la OMB. (AFP / Don Emmert)

Houston – El púgil ruso Sergey Kovalev venció la pasada noche por decisión unánime al veterano estadounidense Bernard Hopkins y unificó los tres títulos del peso semipesado, versión Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB), Federación Internacional (FIB) y la Organización Mundial (OMB).

El combate más esperado del año dentro de la categoría de los pesos superiores sirvió para confirmar el gran momento por el que atraviesa Kovalev, y que sus 18 años más joven también fueron al final el factor que hizo que la balanza cayese de su lado.

La cita fue en Atlantic City y ninguno de los dos defraudó con su entrega y boxeo, aunque fue Kovalev, de 31 años, e invicto, el que impuso siempre su poder de puños, rapidez y mayor fondo físico.

La superioridad de principio a fin de Kovalev quedó reflejada en las tarjetas ofrecidas por los tres jueces que le fueron ampliamente favorables.

Carlos Ortiz Jr. y Clark Sammartino le dieron ganador con cartulinas de 120-107 y Lawrence Layton lo tuvo todavía más claro y puso una puntuación de 120-106 favorable a Kovalev.

El gran triunfo moral para Hopkins, de 49 años, que el próximo enero cumplirá 50, fue que al final, en los 26 años que lleva de profesional, nunca ha perdido por nocáut.

El ruso, sin embargo, conectó temprano una derecha en la cabeza de Hopkins que hizo que éste tocara la lona en el primer asalto y recibiera la cuenta de protección por parte del árbitro de la pelea David Fields.

Pero, una vez más, Hopkins, hizo honor a su condición de luchador incansable, inteligente y mañoso, que le permitió hacer el milagro de concluir los 12 asaltos sin volver a la lona y quedar el combate concluido por la vía rápida y más en una pelea de la categoría de los semipesados y ante un rival de una gran pegada.

Por si lo anterior no hubiese sido ya todo un logró para Hopkins, en el duodécimo asalto, Hopkins quiso vender cara su derrota y se enfrascó en un durísimo intercambio de golpes que pasará a la historia como uno de los más espectaculares que se haya podido ver entre dos púgiles con 18 años de diferencia.

“Es un hombre duro”, declaró Kovalev al concluir la pelea. “Hay que respetarlo, pero ya tiene que parar de pelear. Ha hecho mucho por el boxeo y es hora de que le de paso a los jóvenes que vamos subiendo”.

Kovalev campeón invicto de la OMB (26-0-1, 23 nocáuts), ahora posee también los cinturones de la FIB y de la AMB, que estaban en poder de Hopkins, que los logró a la edad de 48 y 49 años, respectivamente.

Pero Hopkins, que dejó su marca en 55-7-2 y 32 combates ganados por la vía del nocáut, dijo que hasta el final tuvo la posibilidad de haber conseguido la victoria.

“La clave de la victoria estuvo en que mi rival llegó con un gran plan, golpeaba y se iba para atrás, además de tener una gran derecha que la combinó a la perfección”, señaló Hopkins. “Lo que hice en el último asalto fue de loco, pero se lo merecían los aficionados que quieren ver buenas peleas”.

El propio Kovalev, aunque dijo que a Hopkins ya le había llegado la hora de la retirada, también reconoció que es mucho mejor que el actual campeón del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB), el canadiense Adonis Stevenson, que ha evitado en varias ocasiones enfrentarse al monarca ruso.


Date:  Saturday, November 8, 2014


Location:  Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Promoter:  Golden Boy Promotions (Oscar De La Hoya) / Main Events (Kathy Duva)

Supervisor:   Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

Referee:  David Fields

Judges:   Larry Layton (120-106);  Carlos Ortiz Jr. (120-107); Clark Sammartino (120-107) 

Results:   WBO Champion Sergey Kovalev retains the WBO Light Heavyweight Title and obtained the IBF/WBA belts against Bernard Hopkins by Unanimous Decision.   The WBA Champion Hopkins down in round 1.



World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the officials who will work this Saturday, November 8, in the fourth title defense of the light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, from Russia, against Bernard Hopkins, from United States, to be held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States, in a Main Events presentation.

For this fight, when Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) will defend his WBO 175 pounds belt in an unification bout versus the WBA and IBF champion Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), the referee will be David Fields, from New Jersey.

Meanwhile, the judges for the Kovalev-Hopkins will be Carlos Ortiz Jr., from New York, Clark Sammartino, from Rhode Island, and Lawrence Layton, from New Jersey.

The WBO supervisor for this fight will be the President Paco Valcarcel.

Kovalev, selected the WBO Boxing of the Year, won his title on August 17, 2013, with a fourth round TKO win over Nathan Cleverly, and got victories over Ismayl Sillah (KO2), Cedric Agnew (KO7) and Blake Caparello (TKO2) on his tree defenses.

This fight will be broadcasted on HBO at 10:45 p.m. (ET).