DEONTAY WILDER VS ARTUR SZPILKA
WON KO 9
JANUARY 16, 2016
BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN
Polish southpaw Szpilka was not expected to give Wilder too many issues. The champion had endured struggles of sorts in his previous two defences -against Eric Molina and Johann Duhaupas, respectively- but in each of those bouts he found the equaliser. The same pattern emerged in Wilder’s third WBC defence. Szpilka proved to be a tricky enough opponent for large chunks of the 2016 Brooklyn headliner.
A 2014 knockout loss to Bryant Jennings suggested that the challenger could be hurt when caught cleanly, and Wilder doesn’t let opponents off the hook easily when he has them rocked. After eight competitive rounds, that saw some ringside observers scoring overall in Szpilka’s favour (Wilder was ahead on all three official tabulations), Deontay decided it was time to end the madness. Bobbing and weaving in and out of range, Szpilka made the mistake of leaning in face first against the puncher, while attempting to land a big shot of his own. Wilder detonated his right hand first hand first. Szpilka was immediately counted out, flat on his back.