Deontay Wilder wins by brutal knockout in round 9 over Szpilka
By Joseph Correa
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) scored a monstrous knockout in round 9 over WBC #8 ranked challenger Artur "The Pin" Szpilka (20-2, 15 KOs) to retain his WBC title in a very competitive battle at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Szpilka controlled many of the early rounds with good footwork and changing levels with distance, making Wilder back up in and assume a defensive posture. Round 4 saw the tides change somewhat as Wilder began to stand firm and find his range against the awkward attack of Szpilka.
The rounds remained close and the in the 9th round Wilder timed Szpilka perfectly as he leaned in to throw a wide left hook and Wilder connected with a beautiful right hand counter to knock Szpilka out cold. The punch landed flush on Szpilka's chin prompting the referee to halt the count and wave the fight off as Szpilka lay motionless in the corner. Szpilka remained on the canvas for several minutes as doctors rushed to check on his condition. Szpilka was taken off on a stretcher and doctors said it was precautionary and that he should make a full recovery.
In a great display of sportsmanship, Wilder showed great concern for his opponent and made sure to personally check on him prior to his post fight interview and what an interview it turned out to be. Tyson Fury made his way into the ring and the two jawed back and forth like something out of a WWE extravaganza. The two men professed their willingness to fight one another with Wilder the calmer of the two. Fury was his brash and boastful self putting on a wild spectacle for the fans and amping the situation much to the excitement of everyone watching. The commentators seemed to enjoy it as well stating "The promotion has already started for these two to get it on"