Last night on Showtime Championship boxing, Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KO’s) defeated Artur Szpilka (20-2, 15 KO’s), via 9th round KO.  This was Deontay Wilder’s New York debut, a place where he has expressed interest in having many future fights.  Along with it being Wilder’s NY debut, it was also Brooklyn’s first World Heavyweight Championship fight in over 115 years.  Brooklyn, having the large Polish community that it does, did not exactly welcome Wilder with open arms, because he was taking on their fellow countryman.  In the co-feature, Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KO’s) won the IBF World Heavyweight Title via TKO, after Vyacheslav Glazkov (21-1-1, 13 KO’s)suffered a knee injury, and was not able to continue.

Wilder VS Szpilka started off very slow in the first round, with both fighters not throwing many punches.  Szpilka’s awkward and jerky style, seemed to bother Wilder, and he could not let his hands go.  The first round was a toss up, and could have gone either way.  Szpilka would actually go on to win the second and third rounds, and momentarily lead on the scorecards.  His weird style of fighting, head movement, and faints, had Wilder on his heels.  It would just be a matter of time, until Wilder would figure out his range and timing, and take over the fight.

In the middle rounds, Wilder would let the right hand fly, and tattooed Szpilka time and time again.  To Szpilkas credit, he proved that he had an iron chin (at least for now), as he took the thunderous right hands fairly well.  Wilder’s frustration with his opponent would start to grow, as he probably thought he couldn’t hurt the man.  Wilder would continue to pepper Szpilka’s head with straight right hands, seemingly to no effect.  In the 9th round however, Szpilka would get more aggressive, and start walking Wilder down.

With a head of steam, Szpilka would charge in, leading with an overhand left, leaving him completely exposed.  Wilder, with his back on the ropes, unloaded one of the most hellacious right hands I have ever seen, and caught Szpilka perfectly on the chin.  To make matters worst, Szpilka was charging forward, which means his momentum was actually going in to the punch.  Szpilka would hit the deck, completely unconscious, and be down for the count.  It would be a good 2 minutes, before Szpilka would open his eyes, and a truly scary moment for him and his family.  Wilder, showing concern and class, would walk over to Szpilka to make sure he did not permanently hurt his opponent.  Szpilka was carried out of the ring on a stretcher.  He was moving all of his extremities, and his team claims he is alright.  Wilder improves to 36-0.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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