By Alexey Sukachev
Krakow, Poland ---- Tomasz Adamek's famed career has probably reached the end after suffering his second consecutive loss toa fighter of the next generation. Following Vyacheslav Glazkov in his footsteps was young Polish gun Artur Szpilka (17-1, 12 KOs), who defeated the veteran fighter with a close but a clearly deserved unanimous decision in a ten-round fight for the vacant IBF International title.
Adamek, at 38, has lost remnants of his speed (even though he wasn't a quick boxer even at his best). Szpilka, 25, sensing his chin can be vulnerable against Adamek's pitches, played it safe, staying on distance. His right jab, left hand - an unorthodox stance - bothered the veteran, forcing him to move out of the comfortable zone. Szpilka was clearly winning the first half of the fight, specifically being dangerous with the left hand.
IBF #10 and WBO #13 Adamek (49-4, 29 KOs) did slightly better in the fifth, and the fight was almost even from that point but Szpilka's early lead and superior confidence prevented Adamek from taking an overall lead. He hurt Szpilka a couple of times with his right hand but the younger fighter survived this storm. He has also finished the bout stronger than the veteran.
Final scores were: 98-92, 96-94 and 96-94 - for Artur Szpilka. BoxingScene's score was in between: 97-93. Adamek was rated #10 by the TBRB and is now expected to leave the top ten.
With one of the most brutal kayos in recent memory and a clear candidate for KO of the year, Michal Syrowatka (11-0, 3 KOs) finished off Michal Chudecki at 1:27 of the first round in a battle of two unbeatens.
Chudecki (now 10-1-1, 3 KOs) was trying to connect with a terrific right hand on his way out of the clinch - only to ate a right hook of Syrowatka, which caught him absolutely unprepared. Chudecki was already unconscious and falling down, when another right hand of Syrowatka landed flush on his chin, prompting some real scare from the fans. Thankfully, Chudecki soon regained his consciousness.
In another upset for Team Lapin, former European middleweight champion and ex-world title challenger Grzegorz Proksa suffered a bitter setback to his career with the seventh-round KO from presumably feather-fisted technician Maciej Sulecki, who has steadily evolving into one of the Poland's brightest prospects.
Proksa, who turns 30 in a couple of weeks, hasn't been seen in the ring since his June 2013 loss to Sergio Mora. Sulecki was rather active in the meantime, scoring four decision wins since Proksa's last fight. However, it was Proksa who started the bout confidently, his awkward style being well on display. He moved eloquently, impressively as he did in his shining past, thus frustrating Sulecki.
It wasn't until round three, when the younger fighter (Sulecki is 25) started to find tricks and feints for an unorthodox favorite. Sulecki used his potent left jab and a straight right hand to even things up to the midst of the fight. He continued to outbox Proksa in round six, finding his spots with his back to the ropes. Proksa was leaning forward to eat more punches with each fought minute.
In crucial round seven, Proksa tried to increase his aggression and bullied in. Sulecki watched him carefully, then retaliated with the right hand to find a soft spot in Proksa's defense. The then moved forward and connected with yet another colossal right hand, which sent the favorite down. Proksa was struggling to get an upright position as a referee reached the count of ten with Grzegorz still being wobbly.
Sulecki (now 19-0, 4 KOs) adds another sound name to his resume. He has already beaten 11-0 Robert Swierzbinski, 18-1-1 Lukasz Wawrzyszek and now Proksa to lay a claim of one of the Poland's finest. He has also scored victory over former welterweight champion Yuri Nuzhnenko (31-2-1 at the time) in just his tenth fight.
Proksa suffered his fourth career loss, and he is now 29-4, with 21
KOs but also just 3-4 since his breakthrough win against Sebastyan
Sylvester. He is also a newest addition to a losing board of fighters,
trained by Fiodor Lapin, who has recently seen losses of Dawid
Kostecki, Pawel Kolodziej and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, effectively his
In a major upset, comebacking former #1-rated light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki (39-2, 25 KOs) suffered his second career loss (and the first one since May 2006 when he was stopped by French veteran Rachid Kanfouah) at the hands of determined, younger compatriot Andrzej Soldra (11-1-1, 5 KOs) in a terrific eight-round bout.
Kostecki was fighting for the first time since April 2012, when he was jailed for taking part in an infamous pimp gang. Kostecki did his time, went out to train with his coach Fiodor Lapin. He started confidently but was badly hurt during the last minute of round one with a three-punch combination by Soldra.
The younger man also looked better in the second, but with several seconds remaining Kostecki dropped him down with a right uppercut followed by a left hook tot he body. The fight was a war of attrition ever since. Flamboyant, dread-headed Kostecki tried to impose his will on Soldra but failed to do so as his opponent was stubborn and masterful. Scores were: 77-75 (x2) and 76-75 - for Soldra in an upset.
25-year old Polish welterweight Lukasz Maciec (22-2-1, 5 KOs) of Lublin extended his winning streak to five fights in a row with a convincing win over inexperienced but older compatriot Michal Zerominski (7-2, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Zerominski was tough and willing but Maciec showed great boxing skills to effectively outbox his opponent - mostly from the distance. Scores were: 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73 - for Maciec.
In the opener of a huge night of boxing in Krakow, Poland, super bantamweight Piotr Gudel (2-1) scored a knockdown in the first round to clinch a minor upset win over previously undefeated compatriot Rafal Kaczor (now also 2-1) over six hard rounds. Scores were: 57-56, 58-56 - for Gudel, and 55-58 - for Kaczor. The latter defeated Gudel in his pro debut.