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Szpilka Loses Tough NYC Fight
NEW YORK — The Madison Square Garden crowd was pro Artur Szpilka, but the heavyweight couldn’t survive the 10th. Bryant Jennings had been hitting hard all evening and the accumulation had taken its toll. In the final round, Jennings sent Szpilka into the ropes with a powerful left hook. Szpilka untied himself from the ropes and answered the referee’s count. Seconds later the fight was finished when Szpilka keeled over under Jennings’ further attack. Szpilka shrugged as the ring announcer awarded Jennings the victory on a technical knockout.
In photo above: Szpilka gets knocked into the ropes.
The Polish heavyweight was game but Jennings from North Philadelphia just had too much firepower. “People underestimate my strength,” said Jennings. “I didn’t feel his punches at all, sorry to say. I wasn’t ready to lose tonight.”
In the eighth round, Jennings (18-0, 10 knockouts) backed Szpilka (16-1) into the ropes and targeted him with body shots. With three seconds to go in the round, Jennings threw a wild left uppercut. The devastating punch missed its mark, and Szpilka returned to his stool. But Jennings made clear he was looking for a knockout. “I saw that he was weak to the body,” said Jennings post-fight. “But it was difficult because his body was not as easy to get to because he was leaning down very far.”
Stevens Takes Out Majewski In Atlantic City
January 24th – Main Events presented an exclusive glimpse into the life of Curtis “Showtime” Stevens as he prepared to fight Patrick “The Machine” Majewski on NBCSN Fight Night at the Resorts International Casino and Hotel. The Superstar Theater in Atlantic City had all the action including a guided tour of the Brooklyn neighborhood where Stevens grew up.
Stevens, 26-4, 19 KOs, may have lost his last bout, a middleweight title challenge against the top 160-pounder in the world and undefeated champion, Gennady Golovkin, but the knockout artist was ready to go work against Majewski, 21-3, 12 KOs. Stevens knocked down Majewski three times in the first round for the TKO. It was a mismatch. Stevens now wants to take on WBO- 160 pound titleholder Peter Quillin at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Kathy Duva, Stevens’ promoter said after the fight, “I want to get him back in the ring quickly.”
By Raymond Rolak