3 reasons why Artur Szpilka could upset Deontay Wilder
Here's why Artur Szpilka has a chance to win against Deontay Wilder.
By Hector Franco
This Saturday night fight fans will witness the return of Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) He will be making the third defense of his WBC heavyweight title against Polish contender Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KOs). Many are not giving Szpilka much of a chance in this match up and seem to be underestimating him as an opponent. Make no mistake, this bout was put together last minute. As of December 19th of last year, Showtime was still advertising a Deontay Wilder heavyweight defense with Todd Bob Anderson (TBA). Artur Szpilka is not an opponent that can be taken lightly and certainly not on short notice. Szpilka holds many advantages over Wilder and on Saturday he may be able to exploit some weaknesses in Wilder’s game.
Artur Szpilka is a southpaw.
In many instances being a southpaw is an advantage against most orthodox fighters. Fighters who are southpaw are harder to find sparring for and can give you different angles that you are not ready for. Szpilka not only being a southpaw, but one who likes to fight on the inside could give Wilder issues. At a long distance, Szpilka is at a clear disadvantage against Wilder. The jab will be there for Wilder to pepper him with, but the jab won’t be there on the inside. Spzilka needs to use his southpaw advantage to give Wilder angles to make his way inside. This will set up shots for Szpilka that can hurt Wilder. Journeyman Harold Sconiers famously hurt wilder in 2010. Wilder was dropped hard and if a fighter like Sconiers can do that to him, Szpilka will be more than capable of doing the same and perhaps more. Szpilka will look to exploit this advantage on Saturday Night.
Artur Szpilka has a great left hand
To go along with being a southpaw Szpilka has one of the best left hands in the heavyweight division. He can throw his left hand straight down the middle or in a sweeping motion around an opponent's guard. The left hand to the body and then up top will be a key combination for Szpilka against Wilder. Many opponents have focused on landing that one bomb to the chin of Wilder; Szpilka however, is a high volume attacker who will attack the body as well as the head in equal proportion. Szpilka will need to be disciplined when coming inside and correct his habit of keeping his hands low before attacking to be successful. When getting on the inside Szpilka has to remain defensively responsible which will open up opportunities to time Wilder with a perfect left hand shot that can end or change the fight completely.
Artur Szpilka is confident and not intimidated.
Szpilka knows coming into the bout that he is a huge underdog against Wilder and will look to use this as fuel to upset the champion. He has been written off as another easy opponent for Wilder but the critics and skeptics will not sway Szpilka. He is a throwback fighter who is extremely tough to put away and he is coming to fight! If Szpilka is to go down it will be on his shield. The polish fighter will likely be the fan favorite in Brooklyn on Saturday night. The mission is clear for Szpilka and he knows he has to bring the fight to Wilder. Get on the inside and land the left hand. Wilder is the fighter who has something to prove on Saturday night, while Szpilka is there to win a boxing match. The difference may be apparent in how Wilder reacts to Szpilka and his technique. Saturday night will be an interesting night of boxing. Artur Szpilka is the underdog, but he’s no pushover.