Szpilka: I’m ready to put on a show for my fans
By Tim Fletcher: Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KOs) is ready to put on a big show for his loyal fans next month when he challenges WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) on January 16th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Szpilka was selected by Wilder’s management to face the hard hitting champion in his third title defense.
Szpilka expects to have many of his fans to come see him fight Wilder and watch him pull off a big upset. It would be an upset if the 26-year-old Szpilka wins, because he’s being brought in as the opponent. It’s supposed to be a safe pick by Wilder’s team.
If Szpilka can pull off an upset in this fight, it would be a major blow to the career of Wilder,and it would ruin his big hopes for a title unification fight against the winner of the Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko fight in 2016.
Wilder had been upset recently that he had missed out on a title defense against his intended opponent Vyacheslav Glazkov after he chose to back up of the fight and go after the IBF title. That move left very little time for Wilder’s management to find an opponent for his next fight. Luckily for Wilder, Szpilka was available to take the fight, and he readily agreed.
There’s not much of a drop off at all as far as talent goes between Szpilka and Glazkov, because they’re both about the same as far as ability goes. Glazkov is technically still unbeaten, but a lot of boxing fans think he’s already been beaten three times due to his close fights against Malik Scott, Steve Cunningham and Derric Rossy.
“It feels amazing to get the opportunity to fight Deontay for his heavyweight world title,” said Szpilka. “I can’t wait to be the first ever Polish heavyweight to win a world title. I’ve dreamed about this many times, and now my time has come. I’ll be ready to put on a show for my fans and take his belt from him on Jan. 16.”
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Szpilka will be studying Wilder’s past fights to see if he can find some weak spot that he can exploit against him. One fight that Szpilka needs to watch is Wilder’s fight against Eric Molina earlier this year in June. Molina was able to stagger Wilder with a left hook early in the fight after putting pressure on him. What we discovered from watching that fight is that Wilder doesn’t handle pressure very well. He says he can fight going backwards, which is true up to a point, but he still isn’t comfortable when his opponents are putting constant pressure on him and swinging for the fences the way that Molina was. Szpilka has better punching power with both hands than Molina, and he could get to Wilder if he can keep him backing up the entire fight and fending off big power punches. The more than Wilder focuses on his defense the better chance that Szpilka has to win.
Wilder hopes to get a fight against Tyson Fury in 2016, but Szpilka can upset those plans and wind up as the guy that possibly faces Fury.