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.
|Nickname(s)||Szpila ("The Pin")|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Reach||193 cm (76 in)|
|Born||12 April 1989|
|Wins by KO||16|
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|29 fights||24 wins||5 losses|
|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|
|2018||Pitbull: Last Dog||Boxer 1|
- Christ, Scott (25 January 2014). "HBO boxing results: Bryant Jennings outclasses and stops Artur Szpilka". SB Nation. Vox Media. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
- Alexey Sukachev (8 November 2014). "Szpilka Likely Ends Adamek, Scores Decision Win". BoxingScene. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
- Rafael, Dan (17 January 2016). "Deontay Wilder retains title with devastating KO of Artur Szpilka". ESPN. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
- "Adam Kownacki Batters, Stops Artur Szpilka in Four Rounds". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
- "Artur Szpilka Survives Near Disaster To Edge Mariusz Wach". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
- "News Archive". Box.Live. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
- Boxing record for Artur Szpilka from BoxRec
- Artur Szpilka article at sport.pl (in Polish)
- Artur Szpilka – Profile, News Archive & Current Rankings at Box.Live
|Regional boxing titles|
|New title|| WBC Baltic Silver
2 June 2012 – September 2012
Title next held byVyacheslav Glazkov
| WBC Silver Youth
2 June 2012 – January 2014
Title next held byErgun Mersin
| WBC Baltic
15 June 2013 – January 2014
Title last held byKubrat Pulev
| IBF International
8 November 2014 – December 2015
Title next held byRobert Helenius
Title last held byAndrzej Wawrzyk
| Poland International
8 November 2014 – February 2016
Title next held byMike Mollo