Szpilka escapes with majority decision

Former WBC heavyweight title challenger Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (24-4, 16 KOs) moved down to the cruiserweight division and barely escaped with a highly controversial majority decision over journeyman Sergei Radczenko (7-6, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at the Olympic Hala Sportowa in Lomza, Poland. Spilka was knocked down by Radczenko in rounds three and five and mostly boxed cautiously after that. Judges scored it 95-93, 95-93 for Szpilka, 94-94.

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  • I recall when Chris Byrd dropped 40 pounds to light heavyweight and boxed Shaun George. Byrd was a favorite going into the fight and was badly TKO in round 2. Byrd told the media he only ate one meal a day to achieve the weight loss. I guess after a fighter cant make it back to the top in one weight class, let’s try another, right? I respect Szpilka for trying another weight class, but I get the feeling he will struggle much like Byrd did. Sometimes things happen too late in life and the transition gets the best of us.

    • I remember that like it was yesterday. Seeing the post fight pics of Byrd in his dressing room looking like a completely different person and one that had been run over by a truck. He was finished after that. He never really seemed to fit into any weight class. Seemed like a nice guy though. I do hope Artur finds his path and finds it with his health intact

  • This dude needs to retire.. He got beat to sleep in horrid fashion by Wilder, Kownacki and Chisora.. Its time.

  • Scooby, Chris Byrd got stopped in 9 rounds in that fight with Shaun George.

  • He’s done. Writing’s been on the wall for a long time. Get out with your faculties intact mate.

  • It was a crooked home town decision, the usual in crooked boxing.

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