Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov claimed a 2008 Olympic bronze medal for Ukraine during his standout amateur career and has climbed up to the professional heavyweight ranks against quality opponents such as Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham -- despite the decision win against Cunningham in a title elimination fight in March being somewhat controversial.
Nonetheless, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Glazkov is banking on his considerable experience advantage to carry him through when he faces big banger, but virtual pro novice Charles Martin, who is 6-5, 247 pounds, for a vacant heavyweight title on Saturday night (Showtime, 10 ET) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The fight is the co-feature of the heavyweight title doubleheader that features Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) defending his slice of the crown for the third time when he takes on Polish contender Artur Szpilka (21-1, 15 KOs) in the main event.
"Charles is a big guy. He's a lefty but he hasn't fought good opponents," Glazkov said at Thursday’s final news conference. "He's a big strong guy, but it's the heavyweight division. Everyone is strong. This will be a good fight."
Indeed, Martin's record is strewn with nobodies. He has not fought anyone remotely close to being considered a contender.
"If I relax I will be successful," Glazkov said. "I would like to take care of this bout and then work on unifying all the titles. My opponent has some skills but I have faced the better opposition. Power alone does not win a fight."
Glazkov (21-0-1, 13 KOs), 31, who relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last year, also said the fact that Martin (22-0-1, 20 KOs), 29, of Carson, California, owns a height and considerable weight advantage over him is of no concern.
"I was always more successful fighting the bigger guys, so I am not worried about his size," Glazkov said. "I've seen some video of him. He's definitely a tall guy. I've prepared especially for my opponent and anything he can do in the ring."
Before a fourth-round knockout win against Kertson Manswell in Russia in August, Glazkov reunited with longtime trainer Eduard Mienchakov. Glazkov said his comfort with Mienchakov will be a big part of why he believes he will defeat Martin.
"I am back with my trainer, Eduard Mienchakov. We train many years in a row. We have good work together as a pro," said Glazkov, who trained for the fight in Brooklyn.
Should Glazkov win, he hopes to move on to unify the belts.
"This is the dream of every fighter to get all the titles because I truly believe the real champion is whoever is holding all four titles," Glazkov said. "I want all of the belts. This is the first step towards my dream."