This past Saturday was a major day on the fringes of the Heavyweight division with a number of interesting bouts across the levels.
The most important fight saw Vyacheslav Glazkov (18-0-1, 11) struggling past the limited, but inspired, Derric Rossy (29-9, 14). Rossy, a genuine journeyman, gave his all and really, really pushed Glazkov in a very close bout that as sadly sullied by a a 98-92 card for Glazkov that failed to show just how competitive the bout was. For Glazkov this was another poor showing and it seems clear that he's not the prospect that we once hoped he would be, in fact he's probably not going to go past contender status even in a post-Klitschko era.
One man, on the same show, who did look tremendous however was Joseph Parker (10-0, 9) who completely destroyed the limited Keith Thompson (7-3, 4) in a show case performance that will have had many in the US wishing to see Parker again. Thankfully Parker will return to the ring shortly to fight Sherman Williams and that should ell us a lot more about Parker.
In a third bout, albeit one we don't recall being televised, Tyrell Wright (6-0, 4) extended his winning run with a 4 round decision over Randy Easton (2-3-1, 2). Easton is better than his record indicates but this was a shut out for Wright who now has to step up.
In Russia we saw the debuting Pavel Doroshilov (1-0) take a 4 round decision over British veteran Danny Williams (46-23-0-2, 35) in yet another part of the ever lasting Danny Williams retirement ceremony. On paper it's a great win for Doroshilov but in reality it was little more than a victory over a living corpse of a fighter who no longer has anything to offer as an opponent.