As soon as 3:00 pm hit on Tuesday 1/12, the famous Gleason’s gym in Brooklyn, New York was full of media members. With the first heavyweight title fight in Brooklyn in over 100 years coming up in a few days, everyone had to get a glimpse of the guys who would be entering that ring Saturday night at the Barclays Center. The first heavyweight of two title fights that night will feature an undefeated Charles Martin (22-0-1, 20 KO’s) vs an undefeated Vyacheslav Glazkov (21-0-1, 13 KO’s). Martin was the first to answer the media’s questions before jumping into the ring to show off some of his pad work. After Martin, Glazkov hopped in the ring to show off some pad work while Martin was standing there watching his every move. This fight will take place before the main event of Deontay Wilder and Artur Szpilka and it won’t disappoint!
While the Martin-Glazkov media workouts were going on, Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KO’s) entered the gym and was quickly bombarded by media members. Szpilka seemed calm and relaxed when answering questions on what to expect when facing the “knockout artist” in Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KO’s). Szpilka, who has the disadvantage in reach, height, and more than likely weight come fight night, will be in for a tough task if he wants to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Once Szpilka got into the ring, he moved around and then proceeded to do an unusual training method with a ball that’s attached to a string around his head. Szpilka was bouncing around the ring showing off his quick hand speed, the one thing that could potentially give him the advantage Saturday night.
During the Szpilka workout, Wilder came into the gym and started signing autographs and taking pictures with his fans. His 6’7″ frame could not be missed, and everyone on his team was wearing Alabama Crimson Tide gear after their National Championship victory Monday night. Wilder went back into his locker room to get ready before emerging to flashing lights and questions from the media. Wilder may not have said it, but he is certainly guaranteeing a knockout so he can make a statement to the “haters” out there. When he jumped in the ring, he immediately went to the center and yelled “Bomb Squad” before starting his shadow boxing. Wilder was putting on a show both physically and verbally. He was speaking with the media and was laughing with friends all while preparing to show off his pad work. Wilder started working with his trainer and showed off his power and quickness to the media with a number of combinations. Following a long workout, Wilder went around to give special Bomb Squad shout-outs to members of the media.
Wilder-Szpilka will not disappoint after seeing both fighters in the ring. The fight that takes place Saturday night at the Barclays Center will display two great heavyweight fights that should have the fans in attendance on the edge of their seats all night long!