Juergen Braehmer ices Pawel Glazewski inside 60 seconds
Juergen Braehmer will spend longer in the shower than he did in the ring with the overmatched Pawel Glazewski, who succumbed to a humiliating one-round technical knockout in Germany on Saturday. The victory saw the veteran southpaw retain the “regular” WBA light heavyweight title in a bout which proved very little.
The official time was 53 seconds of Round 1.
[Note: THE RING only recognizes Sergey Kovalev as the WBA title holder at light heavyweight.]
Braehmer, rated No. 4 by THE RING at 175 pounds, jabbed tentatively with the right hand for a few seconds before applying some steady pressure. Glazewski retreated immediately and offered little by way of counterpunching as he absorbed earnest headshots. The end came courtesy of a well-placed left hook to the body which sucked the air, as well as the ambition, from the stricken Pole.
Braehmer, now 36 years old, is a sharp, stylish lefty who has never been stopped in a 15-year career. His status with the WBA puts him in a strong position to face the feared Russian puncher Kovalev, although the German’s team hasn’t exactly been shouting “Krusher” from the rooftops. While Braehmer could only beat what was in front of him tonight, he has no time to waste if he wants to close out his career in style.
One issue with “regular” WBA title defenses is that challengers are frequently ill-equipped to compete at world level. Braehmer (45-2, 33 knockouts) is a vastly experienced pro who previously held the WBO title, as a well as the European strap, whereas Glazewski’s claim to fame is losing a split decision to a fossilized Roy Jones Jr. in 2012.
Last year Glazewski (23-3, 5 KOs) was stopped in seven rounds by the unheralded Hadillah Mohoumadi and, despite being on a three-fight winning streak, those bouts were all scheduled eight-rounders against novice pros.
Braehmer, who officially weighed the same as his opponent at 173.3 pounds, can do a lot better than this.
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing