Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov will meet in a scheduled 12-round fight on Nov. 16 as boxing makes its return to network television on NBC, Main Events promoter Kathy Duva announced Saturday.
The fight (3 p.m. ET) has been sanctioned for the No. 2 position in the IBF's heavyweight rankings, meaning the winner will move a step closer to a shot at one of the world titles presently held by Wladimir Klitschko.
Although Adamek-Glazkov is set, Duva said the venue has not yet been finalized.
"We are quite pleased to present this classic matchup between a tough, highly respected veteran and two-division former world champion in Adamek, and an exciting, young up-and-coming former Olympic medalist in Glazkov on our next NBC afternoon broadcast," Duva said.
"Being back on network TV for the third time in just 11 months makes this event that much more special. When Adamek appeared on NBC last December [in a highly competitive rematch with Steve Cunningham], he brought the biggest television audience of 2012. We won't be surprised if Adamek-Glazkov garners the biggest audience on broadcast or cable television for 2013, as well."
Adamek, a former cruiserweight and light heavyweight titleholder, was being steered toward a fall fight with rising American contender Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs). But Jennings' camp ultimately rejected the fight.
The 36-year-old Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs), born in Poland and based in New Jersey, has won five fights in a row –- although some have been a struggle -- since being stopped in the 10th round by heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko (Wladimir's older brother) in September 2011 in Poland.
Adamek is coming off a one-sided 10-round decision win against former contender Dominic Guinn on Aug. 3 On that undercard, Glazkov knocked out journeyman Byron Polley in the second round.
Glazkov (15-0-1, 11 KOs), 28, scored his most notable victory in December, making Tor Hamer quit on his stool after the fourth round.
In his next fight in February, Glazkov was awarded a controversial draw against then-unbeaten Malik Scott in a fight many thought Scott had clearly won.