Polish Bad Boy Artur Szpillka Invades U.S. With Mission to Shake Up ZZZZZZZZZZ Heavyweight Division
Most boxing fans see today’s heavyweight division as a sleepy, boring place. Rightfully so.
But rest assured, Artur “Big Pin” Szpillka (SHPILL-ka) is going to do something about it.
Southpaw Szpillka (6-0, 4 KOs) is already known overseas as one of the hottest heavyweight prospects in boxing. He is also building a growing reputation as one of the sport’s most colorful new characters.
From the orange prison jumpsuit he wears into the ring to his dust-ups outside of it, the 22-year-old southpaw has the iron fists and bad attitude to shake up boxing’s most peaceful division.
Now signed to a co-promotional agreement with Knockout Promotions and Florida-based Warriors Boxing, Szpillka is set to begin his North American campaign on July 29 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, against Macon, Georgia’s Tobias Rice (3-3, 2 KOs) and, be warned, things might never be the same.
Szpillka boasts a strong amateur pedigree; the former Polish amateur champion went an impressive 102-5 against strong international competition. He stands 6’ 3” and weighs in around 240 lbs., but is blessed with terrific timing, good hand speed, wicked power and fluid upper-body movement.
“Artur has tremendous potential,” said his co-promoter, Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing. “He’s so young, but he’s already so strong and he has an exciting, confusing style that baffles his opponents on their way to the canvas. Fans back in Poland are crazy about him and now we’re bringing him to the U.S. where he can start making a name for himself over here. It won’t take long.”
In his last fight, Szpillka turned many heads by flattening unbeaten Bosnian Ramiz Hadziaganovic with a perfectly timed right hook in just 33 seconds of the first round.
Szpillka’s story already reads like a movie. He witnessed his father’s death at four years old and picked up boxing at the age of 15, when he was discovered by his trainer during a soccer hooligans' fight.
He turned pro in 2008 as a cruiserweight, but has since gained 40 pounds of muscle.
“It’s too early in his career to proclaim him the next great Polish heavyweight,” added Margules, “but what he is, is an unpredictable, cocky, powerful, dangerous breath of fresh air in a division that desperately needs it. No matter what Artur does, he does it with his own flair and we’re proud to be introducing him to this side of the world.”