By Alexey Sukachev
Arena Hall, ul. B. Chrobrego 50B, Legionowo, Poland - Mike Mollo (21-5-1, 13 KOs) destroyed previously undefeated Polish heavyweight contender Krzysztof Zimnoch (18-1-1, 12 KOs) in one round.
Bothe fighters were coming off considerable layoffs. The Pole was out for two years before coming back with a second-round knockout of Gbenga Olouken in October 2015. Mollo was out for a longer period and should have been the rustier of the two.
The American veteran, 36, chose not to wait and he got right to the business at the opening bell. The lankier Pole was unprepared, allowing Mollo to get in and to land hard blows. One of those - a big right hand bomb - landed heavily on Zimnoch's chin to put him down. Zimnoch got up but was soon crushed down again - this time for good. All inside one round.
Mollo (21-5-1, 13 KOs) got his first win in six years. He was fighting for the first time since back-to-back stoppage losses to Zimnoch's compatriot Artur Szpilka in 2013, which followed two and a half years out of the ring (since a win and a draw in 2010). They year before he lost his two most memorable wars - to Jameel McCline and yet another Pole Andrzej Golota.
Former amateur standout Kamil Szeremeta (13-0, 2 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career by stopping (a rare feat for the 26-year old Pole) Ukrainian Artem Karpets (21-1, 6 KOs), dealing him his first career loss. Karpets failed to answer the bell for round six.
Szeremeta isn't exactly a heavy puncher but he is methodical, hard-working and technically sound. All his best qualities were on full display in Legionowo, as he scored har with left hooks in the first, then added stinging right crosses in the second round. Karpets had to open up and when he did, the Pole forced him to pay the full price. The Ukrainian continued to be dominated in the fourth and then in the fifth, while Szeremeta got bigger and bigger. Karpets was cut badly and beaten up. He failed to answer the bell for round six... That was the Ukrainian's third consecutive fight and his first loss in Poland.
Ten months after suffering a broken leg in his TKO 2 loss to Yevgeni Makhteyenko, Andrzej Soldra (12-2-1, 5 KOs) had to fight through inconvenience, bad memories and ring rust, and got a six-round split decision over experienced ring veteran Sebastian Skrzypczynski (11-13-2, 5 KOs).
Soldra started slowly, allowing his opponent to control pace and territory. Skrzypczynski had some success in the first round and continued to look better in the second. Soldra turned back the tide in the third and never looked backwards. The local hero did better with each fought round and finished the bout strong. Final scores were surprisingly varying: 60-54 - twice for Soldra, and 55-59 - for Skrzypczynski - for a split decision for the former.
Jordan Kuklinski (1-0, 1 KO) TKO 2 Dennis Kronnemann (2-2, 1 KO)
Przemyslaw Zysk (1-0, 1 KO) TKO 3 Kamil Wybraniec (3-1, 3 KOs)