WATCH: Deontay Wilder And Artur Szpilka Brawled At Their Media Event Today (Video)
January 13, 2016
This should add some much needed excitement to the first heavyweight title fight to happen in Brooklyn in 115 years. Fight week for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s Saturday night title defense at Barclays Center against Polish contender Artur Szpilka kicked off Tuesday with media workouts, and fans and media in attendance definitely got more than what they bargained for. Ever the trash talker, Wilder made it known to Szpilka that he was “still” the heavyweight champion. Szpilka, a former prisoner in Poland and ex-soccer hooligan did not take kindly to Wilder getting in his face, and the two almost came to blows, with Szpilka’s promoter making him back off and telling him to “save it.” You can see the full scuffle below.
Wilder, the WBC Heavyweight World Champion, will defend his title for the 3rd time against Szpilka, after beating Bermane Stiverne for the belt nearly a year ago to the day. He is the first US born heavyweight champion in nearly a decade, and sports a record of 35-0, with 34 KOs. Szpilka sports an impressive record of 20-1, with 15 KOs, with his only loss coming to American contender and former Klitschko foe Bryant Jennings.
Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov and Charles Martin will fight for the now vacant IBF heavyweight title, after the sanctioning body stripped Tyson Fury of the belt after he granted Wladimir Klitschko and immediate rematch, and did not elect to fight their mandatory challenger Glazkov next.
The fight card airs live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
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