Artur Szpilka

Artur Szpilka ([ˈartur ˈʂpilka]; born 12 April 1989) is a Polish professional boxer. He has challenged once for the WBC heavyweight title against Deontay Wilder in 2016. He holds a notable win over former two weight world champion Tomasz Adamek.

Artur Szpilka
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Szpilka in 2013
Statistics
Nickname(s)Szpila ("The Pin")
Weight(s)
Height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Reach193 cm (76 in)
NationalityPolish
Born (1989-04-12) 12 April 1989 (age 32)
Wieliczka, Poland
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights29
Wins24
Wins by KO16
Losses5

Professional careerEdit

On 30 June 2012, Szpilka fought Jameel McCline in Lodz, Poland, which he won by unanimous decision (UD). Szpilka's winning secured the fight with Mike Mollo in 2013, the winning by knock out resulted in consequent revenge. Both bouts Szpilka won by an early knock out, despite that in bout he was knocked down and counted. The first fight was over in the sixth round, the second in the fifth, Mollo became grounded unable to rise.

On 25 January 2014 Szpilka was defeated by Bryant Jennings. Jennings initially was to face Mariusz Wach, however Wach pulled out of the fight and Szpilka stepped in as he called out Jennings on Twitter and the fight was arranged shortly afterwards. The fight took place on 25 January 2014 in Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Szpilka lost the fight by referee stoppage in the final round.[1] Later that year, on 8 November 2014, Szpilka scored his most significant win following a ten-round UD over former light-heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek.[2]

On 16 January 2016 he fought for the WBC heavyweight title against defending champion Deontay Wilder. Szpilka proved an awkward opponent for Wilder with his elusive style, making the champion miss on many occasions. Unfortunately for Szpilka, while advancing closer to Wilder in round nine, he was caught by a hard right hook on the chin which knocked him out cold. He remained on the canvas for several minutes and needed to be stretchered out of the ring.[3]

About a year and a half after the Wilder fight, Szpilka made his comeback in New York against compatriot Adam Kownacki. Kownacki was in control for most of the fight, dropping Szpilka and subsequently getting a TKO victory in the fourth round.[4] His next fight was another all-Polish main event, this time against former heavyweight world title challenger Mariusz Wach. Szpilka was visibly smaller and was hit flush several times, and at times the fight seemed like it was going to be stopped. However, in the end he succeeded in edging out Wach by a tiny margin and won by split decision.[5]

On 20 July 2019, Szpilka fought former world title challenger Derek Chisora. In what was expected to be an action-packed and entertaining fight, Chisora managed to make easy work out of the Pole and knocked him out in the second round. In 2020 Szpilka moved down to cruiserweight and won his first fight against Serhiy Radchenko by way of majority decision.[6]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
29 fights 24 wins 5 losses
By knockout 16 5
By decision 8 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
29 Loss 24–5   Łukasz Różański KO 1 (10), 2:25 30 May 2021   Podpromie Hall, Rzeszów, Poland For vacant WBC International bridgerweight title
28 Win 24–4   Serhiy Radchenko MD 10 7 Mar 2020   Hala Sportowa im. Olimpijczykow, Łomża, Poland
27 Win 23–4   Fabio Tuiach KO 1 (10), 1:27 26 Oct 2019   Hala Sportowa Zeromskiego 9, Sosnowiec, Poland
26 Loss 22–4   Derek Chisora KO 2 (10), 1:01 20 Jul 2019   The O2 Arena, London, England
25 Win 22–3   Mariusz Wach SD 10 10 Nov 2018   Arena Gliwice, Gliwice, Poland
24 Win 21–3   Dominick Guinn UD 10 25 May 2018   National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland
23 Loss 20–3   Adam Kownacki TKO 4 (10), 1:37 15 Jul 2017   Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, US
22 Loss 20–2   Deontay Wilder KO 9 (12), 2:24 16 Jan 2016   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US For WBC heavyweight title
21 Win 20–1   Yasmany Consuegra RTD 2 (8), 3:00 14 Aug 2015   Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US
20 Win 19–1   Manuel Quezada RTD 3 (8), 3:00 12 Jun 2015   UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US
19 Win 18–1   Ty Cobb TKO 2 (8), 1:46 24 Apr 2015   UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US
18 Win 17–1   Tomasz Adamek UD 10 8 Nov 2014   Tauron Arena, Kraków, Poland Won vacant IBF International and Republic of Poland International heavyweight titles
17 Loss 16–1   Bryant Jennings TKO 10 (10), 2:20 25 Jan 2014   The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US
16 Win 16–0   Mike Mollo TKO 5 (10), 1:41 16 Aug 2013   US Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois, US
15 Win 15–0   Brian Minto UD 10 15 Jun 2013   Łuczniczka, Bydgoszcz, Poland Won vacant WBC interim Baltic heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0   Taras Bidenko RTD 1 (10), 3:00 20 Apr 2013   Hala Podpromie, Rzeszów, Poland
13 Win 13–0   Mike Mollo KO 6 (8), 2:45 1 Feb 2013   UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US
12 Win 12–0   Jameel McCline UD 10 30 Jun 2012   Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland
11 Win 11–0   Gonzalo Basile KO 4 (10), 1:43 2 Jun 2012   Łuczniczka, Bydgoszcz, Poland Won vacant WBC Baltic Silver and WBC Youth Silver heavyweight titles
10 Win 10–0   Terrance Marbra TKO 1 (6), 2:46 24 Mar 2012   Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
9 Win 9–0   David Saulsberry KO 2 (6), 1:09 5 Nov 2011   Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US
8 Win 8–0   Owen Beck RTD 4 (6), 3:00 15 Oct 2011   Spodek, Katowice, Poland
7 Win 7–0   David Williams KO 1 (4), 1:53 29 Jul 2011   Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US
6 Win 6–0   Ramiz Hadziaganovic KO 1 (4), 0:33 25 Jun 2011   Podpromie Hall, Rzeszów, Poland
5 Win 5–0   Jeremy May KO 1 (4), 1:20 31 Jul 2009   Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, US
4 Win 4–0   Zoltan Kallai PTS 4 16 May 2009   GranTeatro, Rome, Italy
3 Win 3–0   Viktor Szalai TKO 1 (4), 1:46 28 Feb 2009   Lublin, Poland
2 Win 2–0   Mihaly Nemet TKO 2 (4), 0:53 29 Nov 2008   Spodek, Katowice, Poland
1 Win 1–0   Senol Cente UD 4 18 Oct 2008   MOSiR Hall, Zabrze, Poland

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Pitbull: Last Dog Boxer 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Christ, Scott (25 January 2014). "HBO boxing results: Bryant Jennings outclasses and stops Artur Szpilka". SB Nation. Vox Media. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  2. ^ Alexey Sukachev (8 November 2014). "Szpilka Likely Ends Adamek, Scores Decision Win". BoxingScene. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  3. ^ Rafael, Dan (17 January 2016). "Deontay Wilder retains title with devastating KO of Artur Szpilka". ESPN. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Adam Kownacki Batters, Stops Artur Szpilka in Four Rounds". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Artur Szpilka Survives Near Disaster To Edge Mariusz Wach". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  6. ^ "News Archive". Box.Live. Retrieved 25 May 2020.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title WBC Baltic Silver
heavyweight champion

2 June 2012 – September 2012
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Vyacheslav Glazkov
WBC Silver Youth
heavyweight champion

2 June 2012 – January 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Ergun Mersin
WBC Baltic
heavyweight champion
Interim title

15 June 2013 – January 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Vacant
Title last held by
Kubrat Pulev
IBF International
heavyweight champion

8 November 2014 – December 2015
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Robert Helenius
Vacant
Title last held by
Andrzej Wawrzyk
Poland International
heavyweight champion

8 November 2014 – February 2016
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Mike Mollo