In 2016, the WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Głowacki (32-3, 20 KOs) from Poland lost his belt – lost at home to the mandatory challenger and future leader of the P4P rating, Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk.
And 3 years later, thanks to the Ukrainian, Glowacki again became the world champion in the same version – he exchanged his temporary title for a full-fledged one after Usyk announced his transition to heavyweight.
Then the Pole lost two title fights in a row: first, in the scandalous semi-final of the Super Series, he gave the title to Mairis Briedis from Latvia, then he was knocked out in the fight for the newly vacated belt by Briton Lawrence Okoli.
Glowacki was ill, underwent surgery, returned to the ring only this year. And also he
claimsthat at the beginning of next year he will go to Britain to fight with local knockout prospect Richard Riakpore (15-0, 11 KOs): “First we won the auction and had to take the fight for the European title with the Frenchman (apparently talking about
Dylan Brejon). I was glad to be back in the ring, but then an offer came from Riakpore. And I never turn down a solid challenge.”
According to Glowacki, the fight may not take place, as “we were supposed to fight back in early November. I started to prepare, and then I was informed about the transfer to the end of the month. But that’s not all. Then I was told to prepare for December 9th or 10th. And yesterday the British wrote that the event was postponed to January 21st. I want to make it clear right away that I will not agree to another transfer. If something goes wrong again, I’ll just hang up my gloves.”
Riakpore is the same big guy who helped Joshua prepare for the failed fight with Fury: sparring photo. And he also said that Anthony again has a hunger before the rematch with Usyk.