Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KO) is pleasing to the eye in this area of heavyweights, albeit not the right type of opponent to overcome Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KO). He is what is expected of a boxer: he appears to have been molded to form in a boxing gym. There is the head movement, the jab, check right hook, and the straight left hand.
But when viewed from the ground up, Szpilka lacks that quickness of feet to outpace Wilder while also slipping his punches. Spilka will be too far away to land the check right hook, for Wilder is so long that he does not need to move forward. His head movement is dominant to his left towards Wilder's right hand. If his head movement is dominant to his left, so is his inertia. Wilder will want take advantage by circling to the outside angle while tagging Szpilka with jabs and straight right hands.
Szpilka is a good boxer but he lacks the physical qualities to be within the kind of range where can be successful.
Wilder defends his WBC Heavyweight belt against Szpilka at 9pm US Eastern on Saturday, November 16, from the Barclays Center on Showtime.