Showtime's first big show of 2016 will feature not only Deontay Wilder's WBC heavyweight title defense against Artur Szpilka, but another heavyweight title fight, and a third bout in the division, too, making for a full night of heavyweights. Heavyweight. Heavyweights. Heavyweights.
The vacant IBF title will be on the line between Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov (21-0-1, 13 KO) and Charles Martin (22-0-1, 20 KO). Tyson Fury won that belt as part of a set against Wladimir Klitschko on November 28 in Germany, but was stripped a couple of weeks later. Fury owes Klitschko a contractually obligated rematch, and Glazkov was the mandatory challenger for the IBF belt, so it was inevitable as soon as Fury won the fight.
Though Al Haymon and his organization were not thrilled with Main Events, Glazkov's promoter, for pulling Glazkov out of negotiations to face Wilder on this date when the IBF belt became available, Warriors Boxing (acting on behalf of Haymon) beat Main Events in the purse bid, as you would expect. Main Events bid $888,000, outdone by Warriors at $1.238 million. So if you were wondering why this fight is now on the Wilder-Szpilka bill, there's your answer.
Prospect Dominic Breazeale (16-0, 14 KO) will face Amir Mansour (22-1-1, 16 KO) in a 10-round fight, as well. Breazeale was supposed to face Martin this past weekend on NBC, but when Martin was pulled out of that fight for the IBF title bout. Mansour, 43, arguably should have knocked off another Haymon prospect, Gerlad Washington, when the two fought on October 13. That bout was declared a draw. He's a legitimate threat to Breazeale, who is hardly a blue chipper.
What do you think of this card? Are you excited to watch a lot of large men punch each other?