Wilder wins with devastating KO of Szpilka in the 9th
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) scored a devastating 9th round knockout against Artur Szpilka (20-2, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The unbeaten American knocked Szpilka out cold with a huge right hand to retain his WBC title for the third time since winning it from Bermane Stiverne by a one-sided decision in January 2015.
The Polish fighter started well, using good footwork to avoid Wilder's blows and Szpilka landed the first notable punch, a solid right hand in the opening round.
Szpilka was the busier guy but Wilder found his range in the 4th round and landed a powerful right hand which rocked Szpilka.
However, the challenger fought back well and landed several hard shots that forced Wilder back in the fifth, but the champion came on strong in the 6th as Szpilka slowed down.
Wilder was landing a series of hard right hands in the following rounds and by the 8th, Szpilka was cut over the right eye and his nose was bloodied as well.
Szpilka continued to go on the attack in the 9th until the big shot came.
Wilder connected with a huge right hand to the head as Szpilka attempted to throw a left hand at the same time and left himself open.
The punch flattened Szpilka and the referee immediately waved off the bout at 2:24 of the round.
Szpilka was out cold on the canvas for a considerable amount of time before he was eventually taken out of the ring on a stretcher and taken to the hospital for evaluation.
"I did what I wanted to do," said Wilder. "I gave the people a knockout."
After the fight, WBA and WBO champion Tyson Fury stormed the ring and challenged Deontay Wilder to a unification fight.
The pair got nose-to-nose and trash talked until they were separated.
Fury yelled at Wilder: "There's only one Tyson Fury.
"Any time, any place, anywhere. I'll fight you in your backyard."
Wilder responded: "When you do step in that ring with me, I promise you I will baptise you.
"Make the date Tyson."
Fury dethroned long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko with a points win in November.
A fight between Fury and Wilder would be a great match-up, but it will not happen yet.
Next, Fury has a rematch against Klitschko and Wilder is set to fight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.
Also on the card, unbeaten American Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) stopped previously undefeated Vyacheslav Glazkov (21-1-1, 13 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF heavyweight title.
The 6’5” Martin used his size and reach advantage to tag Glazkov from the start, but neither fighter was throwing many punches.
After two uneventful rounds, Glazkov slipped to the canvas when he was exchanging shots with Martin and he badly twisted his right knee after his feet got tangled with the southpaw.
The Ukrainian got back to his feet but when he threw a punch, his right leg buckled and he went down again. Then the referee waved off the fight at 1:50 of the third round with Glazkov in obvious pain and unable to continue.
The ringside doctor examined Glazkov in the ring and diagnosed him with a torn right ACL.