Allentown blogger Michael Molovinsky is the boxing expert, not me. His stories about Abe Simon are a welcome respite from the Land of NIZ, where J.B. Reilly pulls the strings behind the curtains of a depressing urban growth regime. Although I'm no expert, I do like boxing as a fan, and have gone to a few recent bouts at the Sands with Ron Angle, Upper Mount Bethel's Sultan of Shit. Saturday night's fights, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports, were wild, with a bit of an international flavor. Ukranians and Russians were there in force, but the biggest and loudest crowd by far were the Poles. They came from everywhere, draped in the red and white Polish flag, to cheer for Tomasz Ademek, the world's #2 ranked heavyweight contender. After a 12-round bout, he's now ranked #7.
The place was sold out. The little town of Bethlehem was hosting two of the biggest and meanest boxers in the world.
Adamcek, also the IBF "International" Heavyweight Champ, has only been beaten twice in over 50 pro fights. Both losses were to World Champions. So he was favored against a boxer in his first ever 12-rounder. But the Pole soon learned he was up against a younger and bigger version of himself. A hard hitter who makes no mistakes. That man, in the blue trunks, is the Ukraine's Vyacheslav "The Czar" Glazkov. He's undefeated at 17 wins, 0 losses and 1 draw.
The Czar was way ahead in points in the early rounds, especially after a gash opened up over Adamek's eye, blocking his visibility. Adamaek won the final two rounds, coming on strong, thanks in large part to a very enthusiastic crowd waving Polish flags and screaming things like "Pierogi!" and "Halupki!"
It was not enough.
To his credit, the Czar never backed away.
The Russians? They have a loser. Denis "Drago's Son" Grachev (13-3-1, 8 KOs) of Chaykoysky, Russia, lost a unanimous decision to South Africa's Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba in a match between the two light heavyweights. Drago's son flailed wildly against the steady jab of the South African.
Finally, in a 10-round match, Bethlehem welterweight Ronald Cruz lost a close bout to Reading's Kermit Cintron. As loud as the crowd
There were seven matches total. At the end of the night, Angle hopped into the ring and challenged the audience. They ran in horror from the Northampton County Bulldog, especially after he pulled out a few shit pellets. Several Polish fans were trampled.