Roy Jones Jr. defeats Glazewski; Szpilka decisions McCline; Jackiewicz beats Pascua
By Allan Fox: Roy Jones Jr. (56-8, 40 KO’s) was able to pull some magic out of his old hat on Saturday night in defeating Poland’s Pawel Glazewski (17-1, 4 KO’s) by a 10 round split decision at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. Depending on who you ask, Jones Jr. either looked great or terrible. The judges scored it 96-93, 96–94 for Jones, and 95-94 for Glazewski.
I thought he didn’t look too bad, but I also scored the fight a draw. That’s about the best I could give Jones Jr., because he really faded badly in the second half of the fight. Jones Jr. fought well in the first five rounds, but in the 6th round he was knocked down by a left hook by Glazewski. The punch was more of a glancing blow than a big shot. Jones Jr. was knocked down more because he didn’t see the punch coming due to his high guard.
Glazewski was the busier fighter from the 6th round on, landing an occasional nice shot. He missed with a lot of his punches, however, and many of them were blocked on the arms or gloves of Jones. Where Jones Jr. went wrong in the second half of the fight was with his lack of aggression. Jones spent most of the second half of the fight backing up and just trying to make Glazewski miss. Jones did a good job of that, but he ignored his offense completely.
Jones fought well in the first five rounds, using his jab, and landing nice right hands to the head and body. Jones was able to time Glazewski well with left hooks, catching him when he would come in trying to land his own shots.
In other action:
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Artur Szpilka (12-0, 9 KO’s) defeated 42-year-old American journeyman Jameel McCline (41-12-3, 24 KO’s) by an unimpressive 10 round unanimous decision. The final judges’ scores were 98-94, 97-94 and 98-93. Szpilka, 6’4″, looked timid and failed to take the fight to the larger McCline the way he should have been able to. For as much hype there is out there on Szpilka, he looked terrible. He also looked to be at least four inches shorter than the 6’6″ McCline, which makes you wonder about Szpilka’s advertised height of 6’4″. Instead of Szpilka taking the fight to the much older McCline, it was McCline taking the fight to him. That’s not a good sign for Szpilka’s future.
Welterweight contender Rafal Jackiewicz (42-10-1, 21 KO’s) deeated Luca Michael Pasqua (16-5-1, 10 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision. Jackiewicz, #10 IBF, knocked Pasque down twice in the fight, once in the 3rd and another time in the 7th. Jackiewicz has now won his last four fights since being stopped in the 6th round last October by Britain’s Kell Brook. Jackiewicz fought against IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck in September of 2010, but lost by a 12 round majority decision.
Former IBF/WBA/WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell (36-9-1, 26 KO’s) defeated Krzysztof Szot (16-3-1, 5 KO’s) by an eight round unanimous decision. Campbell, now 40, out-boxed the over-matched Szot using his jab and pinpoint combinations.
Krzysztof Zimnoch TKO 1 Adnan Buharalija
Krzysztof Kopytek UD 4 Aliaksandr Abramenka
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