Adam Kownacki

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Adam Kownacki
Statistics
Nickname(s)Babyface
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach76 in (193 cm)
NationalityPolish
Born (1989-03-27) 27 March 1989 (age 33)
Łomża, Poland
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record[1]
Total fights23
Wins20
Wins by KO15
Losses3

Adam Kownacki (born 27 March 1989) is a Polish professional boxer.

Early life[edit]

Kownacki was born in Łomża, Poland. When he was 7 years old, he emigrated to Greenpoint, Brooklyn in 1996 along with his parents and brothers, settling into the large Polish community there. As a youngster, he played a variety of sports, including basketball, baseball, football and soccer.[2] He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn in 2007.

He grew up watching Andrew Golota fights, which got him interested in boxing. As an overweight youngster who spoke English with a Polish accent, he was frequently the target of bullies at school and on the streets, which gave him further motivation to enter the boxing gym.[3] Early in his boxing career, Kownacki had to work in construction and security in nightclubs to support himself.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

Kownacki started training at Gleason's Gym at the age of 15. He first won the New York Golden Gloves heavyweight tournament in 2006 at the age of 17. He then went on to be the runner up in 2007 and 2008, then won the tournament for the second time in 2009.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kownacki made his professional debut on 30 October 2009, at the PAL Gym in New York, United States, where he knocked out Carossee Auponte in the first round. His first fight of 2010 was against Tyyab Beale, which he won by knockout in the second round. He went on to fight twice more in 2010, knocking out Yohan Banks and Damon Clement. He fought once in 2013, beating Calbert Lewis by knockout in the second round. Kownacki next fought on 29 March 2014, against Excell Holmes, who he knocked out in the second round. Kownacki went on to get knockout wins against Charles Ellis and Jamal Woods to finish off the year.

His first fight of 2015 was against Randy Easton, who he knocked out in the first round. His next fight took place on 29 May, where he beat Ytalo Perea by unanimous decision over 8 rounds, the first time he had gone the distance in his professional career. His next fight was against Maurenzo Smith on 1 August, at the Barclays Center, New York. He knocked Maurenzo out in the second round. His last fight of 2015 was a unanimous decision win over Rodney Hernandez. Kownacki fought twice in 2016, with a unanimous decision over Danny Kelly and a knockout win against Jesse Barboza. He then went on to face Joshua Tufte on 14 January 2017, who he knocked out in the second round.

Rise up the ranks[edit]

On 15 July 2017 at the Nassau Coliseum in New York, he faced former world title challenger Artur Szpilka. Szpilka represented Kownacki's toughest opponent to date. He knocked out Szpilka in the 4th round.[4]

Kownacki's first fight of 2018 was against Iago Kiladze, at the Barclays Center, New York, on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr. vs Lamont Peterson. He won the fight by knockout in the sixth round. On 8 September 2018 he faced former IBF heavyweight world champion Charles Martin. After a close ten round fight, Kownacki won by unanimous decision with all judges scoring the bout 96–94 in favor of Kownacki. The bout was a part of the undercard for Danny García vs Shawn Porter at the Barclays Center, New York.

On 26 January 2019 Kownacki faced Gerald Washington. Kownacki was ranked #5 by the IBF and #8 by the WBC.[5] Kownacki knocked out Washington at the beginning of 2nd round.[6]

In his second bout of 2019, on 3 August at the Barclays Center, New York, Kownacki defeated Chris Arreola by unanimous decision (118–100, 117–111, 117–111), winning the IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title.[7] The fight broke the CompuBox record for the most combined punches thrown (2,172) and landed (667) in a heavyweight fight.[8]

Kownacki vs. Helenius[edit]

On 7 March 2020, Kownacki faced Robert Helenius in a WBA title eliminator. Kownacki was ranked #3 by the IBF, #4 by the WBA and the WBO and #6 by the WBC, while Helenius was ranked #7 by the WBA.[9] While Kownacki was the heavy favorite, Helenius pulled off a significant upset by stopping Kownacki in the fourth round, handing him his first professional loss.[10]

Kownacki vs. Helenius II[edit]

After over a year out of the ring, Kownacki returned on 9 October 2021 on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III, against Robert Helenius in a rematch of their previous 2020 fight.[11] The bout was stopped after six rounds of dominance by Helenius against a clearly overpowered Kownacki. The former had inflicted his opponent with a swollen left eye, before suffering repeated low blows, which caused Kownacki to be disqualified in the sixth round.[12] After the bout, the result was later changed to a technical knockout victory for Helenius.[13]

Professional boxing record[edit]

23 fights 20 wins 3 losses
By knockout 15 2
By decision 5 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
23 Loss 20–3 Ali Eren Demirezen UD 10 30 Jul 2022 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
22 Loss 20–2 Robert Helenius TKO 6 (12), 2:38 9 Oct 2021 T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US
21 Loss 20–1 Robert Helenius TKO 4 (12), 1:08 7 Mar 2020 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US For vacant WBA Gold heavyweight title
20 Win 20–0 Chris Arreola UD 12 3 Aug 2019 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
19 Win 19–0 Gerald Washington TKO 2 (10), 1:09 26 Jan 2019 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
18 Win 18–0 Charles Martin UD 10 8 Sep 2018 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
17 Win 17–0 Iago Kiladze KO 6 (10), 2:08 20 Jan 2018 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
16 Win 16–0 Artur Szpilka TKO 4 (10), 1:37 14 Jul 2017 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, US
15 Win 15–0 Joshua Tufte TKO 2 (8), 2:40 14 Jan 2017 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
14 Win 14–0 Jesse Barboza TKO 3 (6), 0:56 26 Jun 2016 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
13 Win 13–0 Danny Kelly UD 8 16 Jan 2016 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
12 Win 12–0 Rodney Hernandez UD 8 10 Oct 2015 Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, Massachusetts, US
11 Win 11–0 Maurenzo Smith KO 2 (8), 2:26 1 Aug 2015 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
10 Win 10–0 Ytalo Perea UD 8 29 May 2015 Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
9 Win 9–0 Randy Easton KO 1 (6), 0:40 25 Apr 2015 Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pennsylvania, US
8 Win 8–0 Terrell Jamal Woods TKO 4 (8), 1:36 1 Nov 2014 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, US
7 Win 7–0 Charles Ellis TKO 5 (6), 0:15 2 Aug 2014 Revel Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
6 Win 6–0 Excell Holmes TKO 2 (4), 0:41 29 Mar 2014 The Ballroom, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
5 Win 5–0 Calbert Lewis TKO 2 (4), 1:43 20 Apr 2013 Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City, New York US
4 Win 4–0 Damon Clement KO 2 (4), 0:42 16 Jul 2010 Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US
3 Win 3–0 Yohan Banks KO 4 (4), 1:11 22 May 2010 Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, US
2 Win 2–0 Tyyab Beale TKO 2 (4), 0:53 2 Apr 2010 Brooklyn Masonic Temple, New York City, New York, US
1 Win 1–0 Carossee Auponte TKO 1 (4), 0:22 30 Oct 2009 PAL Gym, Yonkers, New York, US

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boxing record for Adam Kownacki". BoxRec.
  2. ^ a b "Eagle Q&A: Undefeated Greenpoint-raised boxing sensation Adam "Babyface" Kownacki". Brooklyn Eagle. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Adam Kownacki plagued but not stopped by injuries". The Ring. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  4. ^ Ecksel, Robert (15 July 2017). "Kownacki TKOs Szpilka". boxing.com. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Kownacki vs Washington - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  6. ^ Christ, Scott (26 January 2019). "PBC on FOX results: Adam Kownacki destroys Gerald Washington in two rounds". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  7. ^ Garczarczyk, Przemek (3 August 2019). "Kownacki defeats Arreola in slugfest". Fightnews.com. Fightnews.com. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Adam Kownacki outpoints Chris Arreola in record-breaking heavyweight slugfest". www.cbssports.com. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Kownacki vs Helenius - News, Tape, Ringwalk, TV, Streaming & Tickets". Box.Live. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  10. ^ Scott Christ (7 March 2020). "Kownacki vs Helenius results: Robert Helenius shocks Adam Kownacki, wins fourth round TKO". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  11. ^ Henschel, Jonathon (9 June 2021). "Helenius-Kownacki 2, Jared Anderson-Tereshkin added to Fury-Wilder 3 PPV on July 24th". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  12. ^ Idec, Keith. "Robert Helenius Beats Down Adam Kownacki, Stops Him in Sixth". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  13. ^ "Robert Helenius Resurrects Title Hopes With Second Straight Stoppage of Kownacki". BoxingInsider.com. 11 October 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.

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