Artur Szpilka

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Artur Szpilka
Artur Szpilka (Chicago).JPG
Szpilka in 2013
Statistics
Nickname(s) Szpila ("The Pin")
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Reach 193 cm (76 in)
Nationality Polish
Born (1989-04-12) 12 April 1989 (age 28)
Wieliczka, Poland
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 22
Wins 20
Wins by KO 15
Losses 2

Artur Szpilka (born 12 April 1989) is a Polish professional boxer who has challenged once for the WBC heavyweight title in 2016.

Professional career[edit]

Szpilka, who used to be a fan of Polish football team Wisła Kraków, was noticed as a potential natural boxing talent by a boxing coach during a pre-arranged brawl with fans of the opposing KS Cracovia football club outside a disco in Wieliczka. The coach suggested that Szpilka put on boxing gloves and that he should try boxing. Consequently, Szpilka signed a contract with Bullit KnockOut Promotions.

Szpilka's career was interrupted in October 2009 prior to a bout with Wojciech Bartnik in Lodz, Poland, when Szpilka was arrested following the weigh-in, due to his earlier involvement in a brawl between Wisła Kraków football club's fans and their KS Cracovia rivals. Consequently, he was found guilty and he served 18 months in prison for participation in that street brawl. He has been assigned the "N" category (in Polish lit. "Dangerous [inmate]").

About February 2012, Szpilka again came to an international attention challenging Dereck Chisora as he recalls: "I called my promoter Andrzej Wasilewski proposing if he could arrange a fight with Chisora".[citation needed]

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 January 25, 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 straight right hand 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]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
22 fights 20 wins 2 losses
By knockout 15 2
By decision 5 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
23 N/A N/A Poland Adam Kownacki N/A – (10) 15 Jul 2017 United States Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, US
22 Loss 20–2 United States Deontay Wilder KO 9 (12), 2:24 16 Jan 2016 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US For WBC heavyweight title
21 Win 20–1 Cuba Yasmany Consuegra RTD 2 (8), 3:00 14 Aug 2015 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US
20 Win 19–1 United States Manuel Quezada RTD 3 (8), 3:00 12 Jun 2015 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US
19 Win 18–1 United States Ty Cobb TKO 2 (8), 1:46 24 Apr 2015 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US
18 Win 17–1 Poland Tomasz Adamek UD 10 8 Nov 2014 Poland Tauron Arena, Kraków, Poland Won vacant IBF International and Poland International heavyweight titles
17 Loss 16–1 United States Bryant Jennings TKO 10 (10), 2:20 25 Jan 2014 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US
16 Win 16–0 United States Mike Mollo TKO 5 (10), 1:41 16 Aug 2013 United States US Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois, US
15 Win 15–0 United States Brian Minto UD 10 15 Jun 2013 Poland Łuczniczka, Bydgoszcz, Poland Won vacant WBC Baltic interim heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0 Ukraine Taras Bidenko RTD 2 (10), 0:01 20 Apr 2013 Poland Hala Podpromie, Rzeszów, Poland
13 Win 13–0 United States Mike Mollo KO 6 (8), 2:45 1 Feb 2013 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US
12 Win 12–0 United States Jameel McCline UD 10 30 Jun 2012 Poland Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland
11 Win 11–0 Argentina Gonzalo Basile KO 4 (10), 1:43 2 Jun 2012 Poland Łuczniczka, Bydgoszcz, Poland Won vacant WBC Silver Baltic and WBC Silver Youth heavyweight titles
10 Win 10–0 United States Terrance Marbra TKO 1 (6), 2:46 24 Mar 2012 United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
9 Win 9–0 United States David Saulsberry KO 2 (6), 1:09 5 Nov 2011 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US
8 Win 8–0 Jamaica Owen Beck RTD 4 (6) 15 Oct 2011 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland
7 Win 7–0 United States David Williams KO 1 (4), 1:53 29 Jul 2011 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US
6 Win 6–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Ramiz Hadziaganovic KO 1 (4), 0:33 25 Jun 2011 Poland Hala Podpromie, Rzeszów, Poland
5 Win 5–0 United States Jeremy May KO 1 (4), 1:20 31 Jul 2009 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, US
4 Win 4–0 Hungary Zoltan Kallai PTS 4 16 May 2009 Italy GranTeatro, Rome, Italy
3 Win 3–0 Hungary Viktor Szalai TKO 1 (4), 1:46 28 Feb 2009 Poland Lublin, Poland
2 Win 2–0 Hungary Mihaly Nemet TKO 2 (4), 0:53 29 Nov 2008 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland
1 Win 1–0 Germany Senol Cente UD 4 18 Oct 2008 Poland MOSiR Hall, Zabrze, Poland Professional debut

References[edit]

  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.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title WBC Silver Baltic 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