Deontay Wilder scored yet another crushing KO victory over a fellow heavyweight on Saturday night. This time it was against Polish boxer Artur Szpilka, boosting his record to 36-0 with 35 of those wins coming by knockout.
The fight wasn’t straightforward for the giant American. Wilder, standing in at six-foot-seven, was having trouble with the smaller southpaw in Szpilka. Some in the media had Szpilka winning the fight up until the tumultuous ninth round and the CompuBox stats showed there was little differentiating the two fighters, though it later turned out the judges had Wilder edging the fight on the scorecards, leading 78-74, 78-74, 77-75.
For all of Wilder’s technical flaws, there is no doubting his ability to end a fight without a moment’s notice—one of the more exciting aspects to heavyweight pugilism. This gift, evidenced in his impressive wins-to-knockout ratio, cannot be taught and is quickly earning the former 2008 Olympic bronze medallist the status as a must-see competitor.
Saturday was no different. With the shorter Szpilka barging his way through Wilder’s defense to land punches in the pocket, he was well within range of “The Bronze Bomber”—and he well and truly paid for it with the wild, looping right hand of Wilder.
Simply, it was one of the more vicious knockouts one could witness, with the Pole not moving an inch for minutes until medical personnel took control of the situation and carried Szpilka out on a stretcher. After undergoing an evaluation at a hospital near Brooklyn, NY’s Barclays Center, it was announced later that Szpilka had recovered.
While showing respect and concern for the downed Szpilka, this was a time for celebration for Wilder having made his third defence of the WBC world heavyweight championship. However, amidst all of this, Tyson Fury watched the fight from ringside before entering the ring to ….View full article