- Dereck Chisora may have just scored one of the most haunting finishes of the year.
- The London heavyweight knocked Artur Szpilka out on his feet, before thumping him some more until he fell helpless to the canvas.
- Szpilka lay motionless on the ground for many concerning seconds, but eventually made his way back to his feet, after the fight had long been waved off.
- Chisora is now being manoeuvred into a heavyweight battle against the former WBO champion Joseph Parker, a fellow Matchroom Sport stablemate.
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02 ARENA, LONDON – Dereck Chisora scored one of the most haunting knockouts of the year, concussing Artur Szpilka on his feet before pummelling him to the floor in the second round at a Matchroom Sport fight night, London.
A bout between Szpilka, a former soccer hooligan who used to crack skulls with a Wisla Krakow firm before taking up boxing, and Chisora, who admitted at a press conference this week that he can’t box and can only fight, always promised to be a fun match-up on paper.
It did not disappoint.
Szpilka landed the first meaningful blow of the fight before both fighters closed the gap and engaged in an inside brawl, exchanging crisp punches at close range.
The fight only lasted a couple of rounds, though, as Chisora finished the bout early, landing a succession of thumping punches when Szpilka was against the ropes, knocking the Polish prizefighter out on his feet, before walloping him some more until he fell helpless to the canvas.
Szpilka lay on the ground, motionless, for many concerning seconds but eventually got back to his feet, to a brief round of applause.
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Chisora, together with his promoter Eddie Hearn, the group managing director at Matchroom Sport, amped up their campaign to negotiate a heavyweight battle against the former WBO champion Joseph Parker, a bout that may well come later this year as Parker is also represented by Hearn. Parker even said “see you soon” in a tweet.
Earlier in the night, Lawrence Okolie patiently hunted slippery South American fighter Mariano Angel Gudino, scoring a stoppage win in the seventh round.
Okolie’s promoter Hearn told Business Insider this week that “Okolie is not always in great fights” but expected his cruiserweight to “start looking good” before staking a claim for title contention in the 200-pound division.
While the Okolie vs. Gudino bout was not great, largely because Gudino did all he could to avoid confrontation by running around the ring and dropping a knee to the floor just to buy time, Okolie showed maturity in targetting his opponent’s body to slow him, before felling him multiple times with an array of punches.
Okolie, the British and Commonwealth champion, will face European title holder Yves Ngabu in his next fight, Hearn said at ringside after the bout.
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