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Artur Szpilka nickname "Szpila" (born 12 April 1989 in Wieliczka) is a Polish professional southpaw boxer in Heavyweight division now of North Bergen, NJ. He fought for Górnik Wieliczka.
He was the Polish cruiserweight champion.
He ended up boxing only by pure coincident – he was the fan of Wisła Kraków. Spotted as the great talent by a boxing coach when fighting with pseudo-fans of Cracovia outside of a Disco in Wieliczka his home town. The boxing trainer had noticed his exceptional skills and proposed him to try his attempts at the ring. Consequently Artur Szpilka was signed under the contract with Bullit KnockOut Promotions group. Szpilka's career was interrupted in October 2009, before the bout with Wojciech Bartnik was cancelled as Artur Szpilka prior to fight when he was arrested and went to prison during the weigh-in for his match on the undercard of the battle between his countrymen Tomasz Adamek and Andrew Golota in Łódź, Poland. Szpilka was charged for his role in a brawl between soccer hooligans supporting his team Wisla Krakow and bitter rivals Cracovia and sentenced to 18 months in jail. Szpilka stated: "During that time,
I realized just what I had lost and began to appreciate boxing more. I kept fit by doing pull-ups, pushups and lifting weights in prison, which helped me build up my upper body strength and punching power. Now I'm hungrier than ever before." Quite an interesting development as just before the fight with David Williams, during the sparing on Jully 22, Szpilka in a second round heavily knocked out Derrell Dixon the partner of Monte Barrett. on the eve of match with David Williams. On October 15th, 2011 Szpilka continued his winning ways by stopping American-based veteran Owen “What The Heck” Beck. Beck failed to come out for the fourth round of a scheduled six-round affair in Katowice, Poland. On Nov 5, 2011 Szpilka stopped David Saulsberry at 1:09 of the second round.