Boxing Results: War in Chicago: Artur Szpilka stops Mike Mollo in six - By John J. Raspanti - Doghouse Boxing News

War in Chicago: Szpilka stops Mollo in six
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 4, 2013)

Artur Szpilka
Artur Szpilka (13-0, 10 KOs) stopped Mike Mollo (20-4-1, 12 KOS) in round six of an exciting heavyweight slugfest held at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.

The bout was on the undercard of the main event featuring "King" Carlos Molina on ESPN'S Friday Night Fight series.

The tension was tight in the arena as the fighters eyeballed each other. A large contingent of Szpilka fans had ventured to the Pavilion to support the Polish fighter. Mollo, 31, and a native of Chicago had his own cheering section. These kinds of fights were commonplace in Chicago seventy-five years ago.

At the bell to begin the bout, Mollo rushed Szpilka. He landed a right to the body. Szpilka, a southpaw, shot out his long right. Along the ropes, Mollo landed a right and hard left to the body. Szpilka stumbled and went down to the canvas. He was up at the count of four. As the fighters battled on the inside a head butt caused a bad cut over the left eye of Mollo. Szpilka landed a hard left at the bell.

During the round, experienced referee Celestino Ruiz warned Mollo for pushing. The warning was silly since he said nothing to Szpilka about headbutts. He pushed Mollo away and uttered a famous word that starts with "F". In my forty years of watching and writing about boxing I've never seen a referee scream at a fighter in such a way.
In round two, Szpilka landed a good left to the head. Mollo, as always coming forward, connected with a right to the body. Szpilka boxed effectively for most of the stanza. His guts were evident as he absorbed another hard right to the chin. Mollo, who entered the ring wearing a Walter Payton jersey, started to bleed from his right eye. An elbow had caused the cut.
Referee Ruiz said nothing.
Szpilka wanted to jab and box in round three. His long left found Mollo. Blood was streaming down the sluggers face. A ringside doctor was called in to inspect the cuts. The fight was allowed to continue. A combination by Szpilka stung Mollo at the bell.
In round four, Spilika slashed Mollo’s cuts with a left. Szpilika landed a hard left. A left right stung. The cuts were open and the blood was rolling. The ringside doctor checked Mollo for the third time.
Mollo, unable to see and showing great courage unleashed a huge left hook that felled Szpilka for the second time. Mollo chased after Szpilka and landed another huge left at the bell.
Mollocame out looking to land another bomb in round five. As they fighters held each other Szpilka went down. Referee Ruiz, barking like a drill sergeant and acting like a drama queen took a point away from Mollo for pushing. The point deduction was moronic and utterly lacking in common sense.
In round six, Szpilka jabbed and kept away. Mollo was looking to land another bomb. He was tired, but still coming forward. Szpilka, the better boxer, was beating him to the punch. Mollo ran into a hard combination. A jab and a huge left down the pipe put Mollo down on his back. Mollo tried to get up but couldn’t beat the count.

The crowd roared as Szpilka and Mollo eventually embraced. Szpilka, 23, is penciled in to meet Krzysztof Zimnoch (also undefeated) on February 23 in Poland.
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