Looks Like Deontay Wilder faces Artur Szpilka on January 16

Sources indicate to TSS that WBC heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder will defend his portion of the heavyweight crown against Artur Szpilka on January 16 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The bout will be featured live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

Wilder-Szpilka will be Wilder’s third title defense since picking up the WBC belt in January in a 12-round decision win over Bermane Stiverne. Wilder was impressive in that fight, facing his toughest opponent to date and jabbing his way to the unanimous decision victory.

But since that career high point, Wilder has faced two less than notable opponents, and he didn’t really appear all that elite against either one of them. Wilder scored a Round 9 knockout over little known Texan, Eric Molina, in June in a tougher-than-expected tussle, and a Round 11 stoppage in September over unheralded Frenchman Johann Duhaupas.

Szpilka should be a step up from that level of opposition. The 26-year-old southpaw from Poland has won four straight fights since a Round 10 TKO loss to title contender Bryant Jennings last year.

After the defeat, his first, Szpilka rebounded to decision former cruiserweight titleholder Tomasz Adamek over 10 rounds before reeling off three straight knockout wins in stay-busy fights against Ty Cobb, Manuel Quezada and Yasmany Consuegra.

Szpilka appears to be a much better fighter than the one Jennings defeated last year. He moved from Chicago to Houston earlier this year to train with Ronnie Shields, and has dedicated himself to Plex guru Danny Arnold’s rigorous strength and conditioning program. Moreover, he’s added new punches to his offensive repertoire, most notably uppercuts from various angles, to augment his already aggressive and effective fighting style.

Still, Wilder will likely be a heavy favorite going into the fight. The 30-year-old is undefeated in 35 prizefights and has stopped every single opponent but one (Stiverne) since turning professional back in 2008. Wilder is the last American male boxer to medal at the Olympics, capturing a bronze in the heavyweight division, and is the consensus pick among many in the sport as the United States’ best chance at recapturing professional heavyweight glory.

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COMMENTS

-Kid Blast :

Slaughter


-Radam G :

OMFG! The 'Bama diva is a cadaver and marshmallow collector. And a Sin City arse whupper [sic] of Ladies of the Night. I knew he was just blowing smoke about dancing with "The Cannon" Shannon Briggs. How long does D-Wild think that he can keep up the charade? Later for him. Once again, I will say it. "Dude is not even in the league with way-back-in-da-day-mafia setup Primo Canera." Much love and apologies to my childhood icon Mark Breland. But things are what they are. D-Wild is turning out to be a syet house, instead of a brick house. Holla!


-amayseng :

What an absolute embarrassment to the USA hw division..


-deepwater2 :

What an absolute embarrassment to the USA hw division..
I with I had 4 hands so I could give this nonsense 4 thumbs down. Fury beating WK was a breath of fresh air. IBF already stripped Fury of one belt. Looks like tsAH will feed Wilder Spitzka then go after the winner of undeserving Murray vs Glassjawkov. TsAH is at it again. This time jamming up the heavyweights.


-brownsugar :

Wilder tried to get Fury, but Fury says Wilder doesnt deserve a shot, Provetkin took a late tune up, effectively delaying his mandatory and "lets Go Champ" Briggs just turned down 400,000 grand when he's barely worth 40,000. ....Finally Jennings expresses a lot of rage and aggression towards Wilder but he does little in the way of putting his words into action, Glazkov was given a shot offer and had a last minute change of heart.... so its not for the lack of trying. Dont worry,... 2016 will clear away alot of obstacles and debri from the playing field that's been blocking the good fights, Second half of the year will make up for it. .. This is just the beginning of what will be a Killer year for the heavies. Wilder included.... With Anthony Joshua setting the pace.


-oubobcat :

I actually don't hate this fight. Szpilka has looked much better since the Jennings loss (not a bad loss by the way) and has looked improved under Ronnie Shields. Szpilka is aggressive and will attempt to push Wilder back which is exactly the way to beat Wilder. That said, Szpilka will still understandably be a decent size underdog. I don't think myself he wins but I think he makes things interesting. I see him clipping Wilder early and giving the fans a little drama. In the end, his aggression gets the best of him and opens himself up to Wilder's power shots. But we get a decent action heavyweight fight. And by the way, not a title fight. Tyson Fury is the champion and this is a solid fight between heavyweight contenders.