Artur Szpilka

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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
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights29
Wins24
Wins by KO16
Losses5

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.

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Professional career

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 record

Professional record summary
29 fights24 wins5 losses
By knockout165
By decision80
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
29Loss24–5 Flag of Poland.svg Łukasz RóżańskiKO1 (10), 2:2530 May 2021 Flag of Poland.svg Podpromie Hall, Rzeszów, PolandFor vacant WBC International bridgerweight title
28Win24–4 Flag of Ukraine.svg Serhiy RadchenkoMD107 Mar 2020 Flag of Poland.svg Hala Sportowa im. Olimpijczykow, Łomża, Poland
27Win23–4 Flag of Italy.svg Fabio Tuiach KO1 (10), 1:2726 Oct 2019 Flag of Poland.svg Hala Sportowa Zeromskiego 9, Sosnowiec, Poland
26Loss22–4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Chisora KO2 (10), 1:01 20 Jul 2019 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The O2 Arena, London, England
25Win22–3 Flag of Poland.svg Mariusz Wach SD1010 Nov 2018 Flag of Poland.svg Arena Gliwice, Gliwice, Poland
24Win21–3 Flag of the United States.svg Dominick Guinn UD1025 May 2018 Flag of Poland.svg National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland
23Loss20–3 Flag of Poland.svg Adam Kownacki TKO4 (10), 1:3715 Jul 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, US
22Loss20–2 Flag of the United States.svg Deontay Wilder KO9 (12), 2:2416 Jan 2016 Flag of the United States.svg Barclays Center, New York City, New York, USFor WBC heavyweight title
21Win20–1 Flag of Cuba.svg Yasmany ConsuegraRTD2 (8), 3:0014 Aug 2015 Flag of the United States.svg Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US
20Win19–1 Flag of the United States.svg Manuel Quezada RTD3 (8), 3:0012 Jun 2015 Flag of the United States.svg UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US
19Win18–1 Flag of the United States.svg Ty CobbTKO2 (8), 1:4624 Apr 2015 Flag of the United States.svg UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US
18Win17–1 Flag of Poland.svg Tomasz Adamek UD108 Nov 2014 Flag of Poland.svg Tauron Arena, Kraków, PolandWon vacant IBF International and Republic of Poland International heavyweight titles
17Loss16–1 Flag of the United States.svg Bryant Jennings TKO10 (10), 2:2025 Jan 2014 Flag of the United States.svg The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US
16Win16–0 Flag of the United States.svg Mike MolloTKO5 (10), 1:4116 Aug 2013 Flag of the United States.svg US Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois, US
15Win15–0 Flag of the United States.svg Brian Minto UD1015 Jun 2013 Flag of Poland.svg Łuczniczka, Bydgoszcz, PolandWon vacant WBC interim Baltic heavyweight title
14Win14–0 Flag of Ukraine.svg Taras Bidenko RTD1 (10), 3:0020 Apr 2013 Flag of Poland.svg Hala Podpromie, Rzeszów, Poland
13Win13–0 Flag of the United States.svg Mike Mollo KO6 (8), 2:451 Feb 2013 Flag of the United States.svg UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US
12Win12–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jameel McCline UD1030 Jun 2012 Flag of Poland.svg Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland
11Win11–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Gonzalo Basile KO4 (10), 1:432 Jun 2012 Flag of Poland.svg Łuczniczka, Bydgoszcz, PolandWon vacant WBC Baltic Silver and WBC Youth Silver heavyweight titles
10Win10–0 Flag of the United States.svg Terrance MarbraTKO1 (6), 2:4624 Mar 2012 Flag of the United States.svg Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
9Win9–0 Flag of the United States.svg David SaulsberryKO2 (6), 1:095 Nov 2011 Flag of the United States.svg Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US
8Win8–0 Flag of Jamaica.svg Owen Beck RTD4 (6), 3:0015 Oct 2011 Flag of Poland.svg Spodek, Katowice, Poland
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg David WilliamsKO1 (4), 1:5329 Jul 2011 Flag of the United States.svg Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US
6Win6–0 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Ramiz HadziaganovicKO1 (4), 0:3325 Jun 2011 Flag of Poland.svg Podpromie Hall, Rzeszów, Poland
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jeremy MayKO1 (4), 1:2031 Jul 2009 Flag of the United States.svg Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, US
4Win4–0 Flag of Hungary.svg Zoltan KallaiPTS416 May 2009 Flag of Italy.svg GranTeatro, Rome, Italy
3Win3–0 Flag of Hungary.svg Viktor SzalaiTKO1 (4), 1:4628 Feb 2009 Flag of Poland.svg Lublin, Poland
2Win2–0 Flag of Hungary.svg Mihaly NemetTKO2 (4), 0:5329 Nov 2008 Flag of Poland.svg Spodek, Katowice, Poland
1Win1–0 Flag of Germany.svg Senol CenteUD418 Oct 2008 Flag of Poland.svg MOSiR Hall, Zabrze, Poland

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
2018Pitbull: Last DogBoxer 1

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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