Co Main Event Report
Szpilka Knocks Out Molla in Thrilling Rematch
In the evening’s co-main event, relations of the bloody kind were rekindled when heavyweights Artur Szpilka and Mike Mollo sought to give fans a repeat performance of their epic February 2013 outing. That night, multiple knockdowns, head butts and gushing crimson accented their initial meeting with Szplika eventually winning by a sixth round knockout.
Tonight at the ballpark, the two combatants circled the other in the opening round. Artur used his right hand as a measuring stick in the southpaw versus traditional matchup. He tied up in the first and second when Mike caught him with short lefts and also had him a bit on the wobbly side when the second round came to a close.
The third was a bit of the same. Szplika measuring with the outstretched right, which led to left after left to the head of Mollo. Mike somehow answered and put Artur to the canvas with a crisp left hook which was planted perfectly on the chin. Szpilka appeared dazed but rose to his feet and afterward, Mollo looked somewhat gassed. He still managed to push, punch or shove his Chicago (by way of Poland) to the canvas to end the round. There was not much to speak of in round four. Mollo appeared tired and Szplka was doing his best to regain his legs.
The fifth seemed to be a turning point. Artur seemed rejuvenated and once again patiently pawed away with the left. Precisely halfway into the period, he connected with a resounding left and down went big Mike. Mollo bravely stood up by the count of nine, yet he was soundly beaten.
Referee Gerald Scott knew that the valiant slugger from Oak Lawn, Illinois has taken enough and called the fight to a close. Artur Szpilka remains undefeated at (16(12)-0) with a fifth round TKO win, while Mike Mollo falls to (20(12)-5(3)-1).
August 16, 2013