Heavyweight contender Vyacheslav Glazkov hopes that in some small way, that a victory over Tomasz Adamek on Saturday will instill hope to his Ukrainian countrymen.
"This my country, and I've got my family over there, and I'm concerned and worried about it. I hope that the politics are going to stop soon," said Glazkov, 29, during a conference call on Monday in reference to his nation's political unrest with Russia.
"I hope that people are not going to be fighting very soon. I'm going to try to fight a good bout, and I hope that some people are going to pay more attention to my bout then are going to be involved in that terrible situation that's going on in my country."
Vyacheslav Glazkov (16-0-1, 11 KOs) will face Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) as part of NBC Sports Net's Fight Night series at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., in a matchup of former sparring partners.
Adamek and Glazkov were originally scheduled to meet in November before Adamek complained of feeling ill during the week of the bout and pulled out. Glazkov unanimously decisioned Adamek's replacement, Philadelphia’s Garrett Wilson.
"I was sick a couple of days before the fight, but now we've have had nine weeks in camp, and on Saturday, I will show my class," said Adamek, who turned 37 in December. "I don't think about losing, because I'm a warrior. If you're thinking about that, then you had better not go into the ring. But I'm a warrior."
Adamek will be after his sixth straight win since falling by 10th-round stoppage to then-WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko in 2011, and was last in the ring for a unanimous decision over Dominick Guinn in August.
"I'm not concerned with the layoff. He's a fighter with a lot of experience," said Adamek's trainer, Roger Bloodworth. "Most of your world champions don't fight every month. That's important for a young fighter, to keep busy. But when you're at a certain level, your conditioning and your experience will tell."