Vyacheslav Glazkov and Charles Martin barely got started before their fight -- the first world title bout for either man -- was over. Glazkov was stopped in the third round when he suffered what the ringside physician fears was a torn ACL, giving "Prince" Charles Martin the win at 1:50 of round three, and with it, the vacant IBF heavyweight title.
Martin (23-0-1, 21 KO) and Glazkov (21-1-1, 13 KO) didn't really get going at all. Glazkov did some OK work in the first round with his jab, while Martin's workrate was taking over in the second and third rounds. He was also the clearly bigger, heavier handed man, and there did appear to be some sense that his power was getting through to Glazkov.
Early in round three, Glazkov slipped on the big Corona logo at center ring, and came back from that a little off in his body language, which was easy to see, and was pointed out by Showtime's Al Bernstein. He slipped again at mid-ring moments later, and while in pain, told referee Earl Brown that he couldn't continue the fight. So that was it.
Glazkov left the ring for medical attention before any post-fight interview with him, but Martin did speak to the audience at the Barclays Center, though it didn't exactly go great.
"I still wanted to fight. It was a 12-round fight. We trained for 12 rounds. We were just gonna get stronger," Martin told Showtime's Jim Gray.
After being shown the replay of the injury -- and the fact that no punch really landed -- Martin, while being booed heavily, told Gray, "That's a football injury. I'm sorry for him. It's unfortunate," which is about the most legitimate response he could have had.
Either way, however you slice it, at the end of the day, when all is said and done, Charles Martin is the new IBF world heavyweight champion.