Kulkster going in the ring

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

The Kulkster is an original, to be sure.

In previous incarnations, six-foot-three, 260-pound Glenn Kulka was a Western Hockey League enforcer and racked up 11 seasons in the Canadian Football League as a nasty nose tackle with a propensity for close-lining opposing players.

The Edmonton-born Kulka, who now hosts a radio show in Toronto, also rode shotgun for Brett Hart in the WWE, was undefeated in "anything goes" Tough Guy fights and sports a 2-1 record in his most recent athletic endeavour -- professional mixed martial arts.

Oh yeah; he's 46 years old.

On Oct. 30, Kulka will make his pro boxing debut when he takes on ex-B.C. Lion Paul Cheng in the debut of Ken Lakusta's "Gladiators of the Gridiron" series at The Palace banquet hall.

Their four-rounder will be the featured prelim on the five-bout Malice at The Palace card headlined by Edmonton heavyweight Tye Fields (42-2, 38 KOs) taking on Missouri's Galen Brown (39-12, 19 KOs).

"I'm very much looking forward to adding boxing to my resume. This is something I've thought about ever since I knocked out four guys in one night to win the first Tough Guy competition I ever entered," Kulka said during a brief stopover in Edmonton this week.

That was "about 30 years ago out in Enoch," he added.

"I'm taking it very seriously ... and I've been training accordingly," Kulka said.

"I'm looking to come into the fight at around 235 pounds.

"Taking the weight off hasn't been a problem because of the all the cross-training I do, but it's a little different getting ready to box than for an MMA fight.

"It all starts with cardio, of course, but I've also really been working on my punching. I've got a personal trainer, and that's the one thing we've really emphasized.

"I learned a lot about power and leverage when I was playing football, but this is different.

"Punching in boxing is much more difficult than in MMA because it's so concentrated. When it's the only weapon you've got, it better be good."

As for the guy he's fighting, Kulka said he's never seen film of Cheng, a defensive lineman who was selected by the Lions in the first round of the 2002 CFL draft and played for B.C., the Calgary Stampeders and Montreal Alouettes before quitting football three years later.

"All I know is that he's big (six-foot-four) and young (30) and that he's won a couple of fights," said Kulka.

"That doesn't concern me. My focus is 100% on being in the best shape possible and knowing that I have to just get in there and take care of business.

"Physically, it's no different than what I've been doing all my life. But mentally, it's a different kind of buzz. It's exciting. I can't wait to throw the first punch."

Cheng is 2-0 in the ring, with two first-round KOs.

Out of the cold

Edmonton heavyweight Sheldon Hinton originally signed to fight world-ranked Monte Barrett in August at Telus Field. An injury caused the card to be postponed and moved twice -- including an ill-conceived plan to stage it tomorrow afternoon in the band shell at Hawrelak Park.

Through it all, Hinton maintained a Spartan training regimen at his Beverly Bronx Gym, hoping a solution could be found. His wish came true yesterday when co-promoter Garry Stevenson "absolutely, positively" announced the card is taking place Oct. 16 in Hall D of the AgriCom.

Hinton (10-6-1) will headline in a 10-rounder against 6-foot-6 German champ Andreas Sidon (33-8, 27 KOs), while the prelims will see the middleweight pro debut of 2008 Canadian Olympian Adam Trupish against Mexico's Edgar Hernandez (1-1) and Red Deer super featherweight Arash Usmanee (2-0, 2 KOs) against Mexico's Edwin Perez (1-1).

MURRAY.GREIG@SUNMEDIA.CA


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