This week on PBC Jabs we check in with Polish heavyweight prospect Adam Kownacki following his impressive sixth round KO victory over Iago Kiladze on January 20th.

Plus, we recap the rest of the exciting fight action from that Showtime card—including IBF welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr.'s dominating victory over former world champion Lamont Peterson—and we reveal the recently announced co-main event on the March 3rd fight card headlined by the long-awaited heavyweight showdown between WBC world champion Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.

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Santa Cruz vs Mares II

SAT, JUN 09, 2018 The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

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Featherweight World Champions Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares meet this summer in a rematch of their exciting 2015 title fight with Los Angeles bragging rights on the line.

    • Record
    • Leo Santa Cruz 34-1-1
    • Abner Mares 31-2-1
    • KOs (KO %)
    • Leo Santa Cruz 19 (53%)
    • Abner Mares 15 (44%)
    • Weight
    • Leo Santa Cruz 126 lbs (57.27 kg)
    • Abner Mares 126 lbs (57.27 kg)
    • Height
    • Leo Santa Cruz 5'" (1.71 m)
    • Abner Mares 5'" (1.64 m)
    • Reach
    • Leo Santa Cruz 69" (175 cm)
    • Abner Mares 66" (168 cm)
    • Stance
    • Leo Santa Cruz Orthodox
    • Abner Mares Orthodox
    • Age
    • Leo Santa Cruz 29
    • Abner Mares 32
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Fight Night: Sat, May 19, 2018 - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada

Stevenson vs Jack

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and former two-division titleholder Badou Jack fought to a highly-competitive majority draw.
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Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack gave fans in Canada a competitive contest, just not a conclusive ending

WBC Light Heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson and former two-division world champion Badou Jack fought to a highly-competitive majority draw Saturday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

With the draw, Stevenson retains the WBC belt in what was Toronto’s most significant world title fight in more than 30 years. The judges scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Jack and 114-114 twice. Russell won his fight via unanimous decision, 115-113 and 117-111 twice, to retain his WBC featherweight world title.

In a bout filled with momentum swings, it was Jack (21-1-4, 13 KOs) who was the busier and more accurate fighter. While Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KOs) outpointed Jack in the early rounds, the challenger turned it on in round number seven and dominated the champion in the second half of the fight. In rounds seven through ten, Jack out landed Stevenson 114-40. However, a ferocious body shot from the right hand of Stevenson in round ten altered the momentum back in his favor.

Stevenson, who has resided in Montreal since he was five-years-old, was able to gain a second wind in the 11thround, riding the momentum of the body shot that injured Jack. With everything on the line in the night’s final round, both fighters emptied the tank and left it all in the ring. Jack rebounded tremendously and when the final bell rang, it was Stevenson who was struggling to stay on his feet.

“I went to the body and saw that he was fatigued,” said Stevenson, who moves to 9-0-1 in world title fights. “I had to keep the pressure on him. He’s a slick fighter, a two-time world champion but I felt I won the fight. 

“I used both hands. I touched him a lot with the right hand on the body and slowed him down. He tried to come and attack me. I feel like I won the fight but I’ll give him a rematch if he wants it.”

Jack, who started the fight sluggishly, thought he did enough in the later rounds to win the fight.

“I thought I definitely won the fight,” said Jack, who drew for the fourth time in his career. “No judge had him winning. I have no idea why I can’t get a decision. It could be that they’re jealous of Floyd and don’t like him. I’m one of his top fighters. I can’t do anything about it. I’m not the judge. I have to respect their decision. 

“Maybe I started the fight too slow. I gave away those rounds. He didn’t really hit me. I can’t do anything about it, let’s do a rematch in Las Vegas. I came to his backyard, it’s time he comes out to Vegas.”

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Fight Night: Sat, Apr 21, 2018 - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Former World Champions Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas fought to a majority draw in a highly-entertaining main event of a PBC on Showtime card at Barclays Center.
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Pair of former world champions Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas wage competitive back-and-forth stalemate in Brooklyn.

Broner vs Vargas

Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas exchange punches in their PBC on Showtime main event on April 21, 2018 at Barclays Center. (Janer Bigio/Mayweather Promotions)

BROOKLYN — Four-division world champion Adrien Broner and two-division world champion Jessie Vargas fought to a highly entertaining 12-round majority draw Saturday night on SHOWTIME in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in front of 13,964 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The back-and-forth battle was a tale of activity vs. accuracy. Vargas was by far the more active fighter, throwing 839 total punches, 300 more than his opponent. Yet the flashy Broner was supremely accurate, connecting on 44 percent of his power shots and 38 percent of his total punches, compared to just 27 and 24, respectively, for Vargas.

Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) came on strong in the second half of the fight, picking up rounds eight through 10 on all three of the judges' scorecards. The 12th round was crucial in determining the draw, which was scored 115-113 Broner and 114-114 twice. The judges agreed on eight of the 12 rounds but couldn't agree on the final round, which was ruled differently by the two judges who scored the fight a draw.

"I want to thank Jessie Vargas. He's a two-time world champion for a reason," said Broner, who was working for the first time with Kevin Cunningham as his head trainer. "He came to fight but at the end of the day, you all know I beat him. Point blank, period.

"I was connecting with rights. I got warmed up in the early portion of the fight. My trainer was a big help tonight. I want to thank Coach Cunningham as well as my original coach, Mike Stafford, for realizing I needed to do something different.

"I would love to fight Vargas again, but let's go back to my town to do it."

Vargas (28-2-1, 10 KOs) worked off the jab and was incredibly effective with his body shots in just his second fight with trainer and former world champion Mike "The Body Snatcher" McCallum.

"I thought I won the fight," Vargas said. "At the end of the day I can't argue because I was fighting on the inside of the ring so I don't know what you saw from the outside. I was landing clean blows. It was a good fight but at the end of the day I can't dispute the decision.

"It must have been a close fight for the judges to have scored it the way they did. I felt that I won the fight and I was up two rounds. I'm relying on the judges to make the right decision.”

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Fight Night: Sat, Apr 07, 2018 - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Lara vs Hurd

Jarrett Hurd becomes a 154-pound unified champion by defeating Erislandy Lara by split decision.
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A 12th-round knockdown helps Jarrett Hurd secure his 154-pound title unification victory over Erislandy Lara.

Lara vs Hurd

Jarrett Hurd lands a shot against fellow champion Erislandy Lara in their 154-pound title unification bout April 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME)

Jarrett Hurd unified the 154-pound division with a 12-round split-decision victory over Erislandy Lara in an all-action fight Saturday on SHOWTIME before a sold out crowd of 2,579 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Hurd (22-0, 15 KOs), who entered as IBF Champion, dethroned WBA Champion in just the seventh unification in division history. The difference in the Fight of the Year candidate was a short left hook that floored Lara in the final minute of the fight. Had the 27-year-old Hurd not scored the knockdown, the fight would have been ruled a majority draw.

"It was a tough one, but I went out there and did exactly what I said I was going to do - fight all 12 rounds and get the victory," Hurd said. "I didn't feel like that (I needed the knockdown). I feel like I was in control the whole fight, applying the pressure. 

"I don't think it had anything to do with age.  I think it was me and the game plan we had to apply the pressure."

Following the thrilling bout, SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray asked Hurd if he'd like to face WBC 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo, who was ringside, to further unify the division.

"'Swift' isn't ducking anyone," Hurd responded. "I'm No. 1 now.  We're calling the shots."

Hurd applied relentless pressure from the opening round, pressing forward against the crafty southpaw. He pounded the body, yet often neglected defense and ate punishing counter shots for 11 rounds.

But the difference for Lara (25-3-2, 14 KOs), who was making the seventh defense of his title, was the brutal 12th round. With blood seeping from a swollen right eye, Hurd connected on a short left hook that floored Lara for the first time in nearly five years.

"Besides the last round, I thought I was winning this fight easily," Lara said. "That's not to decide the fight.  I was winning the fight.  One punch in a fight doesn't determine the fight. 

"It was a great fight for the fans. I stood there, fought and it was fun. I thought I clearly won the fight. Once again a decision goes against me, but hey we just have to do the rematch."

Entering the fight, Charlo was the consensus No. 1 fighter at 154-pounds. He stated his case for a chance to unify against Hurd.

"I'm down.  Let's go.  We want that work," Charlo told SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING host Brian Custer. "I feel Hurd only took the fight with Lara because he realized the harder fight is with Jermell Charlo.

"We've been there before with Lara.  I know what he possesses.  Hurd has to get his defense together because he cannot get hit like that by me.   Lara doesn't move like he used to.  If he moves like he used to he wins that fight."

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Fight Night: Sat, Apr 21, 2018 - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Former 154-pound World Champion Jermall Charlo made a huge statement at 160 pounds, knocking out Hugo Centeno Jr. to claim the WBC's interim middleweight title.
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Jermall Charlo makes emphatic statement in second fight at middleweight, claiming the WBC's interim 160-pound with KO of Hugo Centeno Jr.

Jermall Charlo remains undefeated as he knocks out Hugo Centeno Jr. in the second round to claim the WBC’s interim 160-pound title. (Showtime Sports)

BROOKLYN — Former 154-pound champion Jermall Charlo sent a statement to the middleweight division in the co-main event, knocking out previously once-beaten contender Hugo Centeno Jr. to capture the interim WBC 160-pound title.

Charlo is now the mandatory for Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and didn't shy away from calling out the WBC, WBA and IBF Middleweight World Champion.

"It's been an amazing journey to get here," said Charlo, the twin brother of WBC 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo. "I'm a two-time world champion. Bring on 'GGG.' I want that fight. I'm 27-0 with 21 knockouts. Everybody sees it. What more can I say?"

Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) proved that his power translates to middleweight as he knocked out his second opponent since relinquishing his title and moving to 160 pounds. The Houston native has now won via knockout in five of his six bouts since initially becoming champion in 2015. A series of shots opened up a huge left hook in the opening minute of the second round, flooring Centeno (26-2, 14 KOs), who failed to beat the 10-count and was counted out at :55.

"Everybody has always avoided me and from now on, this is how it's going to be," said Charlo. "You see what you get."

Following the fight, Centeno was aware of the mistakes that led to the loss.

"I thought I started off pretty well. I wanted to go out on my shield but it wasn't my day," Centeno said. "He caught me and got the knockout. I was trying to work my jab. I thought I got him with a couple good shots but I lingered too long in the pocket and I didn't get out in time."

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IBF welterweight world champion TKOs former two-division titleholder, immediately calls out fellow champ Keith Thurman for future 147-pound unification bout.

Brooklyn, New York — Towards the end of the second round, Errol Spence Jr. could hardly contain himself. He smiled. The IBF welterweight world champion was in his element, punching in a comfortable, rhythmic flow. This was everything, you could tell, that Spence wanted and expected from Lamont Peterson.

It brought out his best.

Spence Jr., deep down, knew something else, too. Pretty much the same thing that the 12,107 fans knew that packed the Barclays Center Saturday night on the Showtime-televised card: He was better, regardless of anything Peterson tried.

Calculating, measured, calm and supremely confident, showing some improved footwork, Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) took apart a very good—and very brave—Peterson, whose cornerman, Barry Hunter, wisely stopped the fight at :01 of the eighth round. It was the second time Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) had been stopped in his career, and the victory extended Spence’s knockout streak to 10 straight.

By the fifth round, Peterson’s right eye was swollen shut as he suffered a knockdown, thanks to a classic Spence left hook that caught the former two-division titleholder on the temple. Spence’s punches landed with that hard thud only special fighters possess. By the eighth, both of Peterson’s eyes were swollen.

As he was throughout the whole promotion, Spence was very respectful of Peterson.

“I want to thank Lamont,” Spence said. “A lot of guys turned down the fight and he took it like a real warrior and I commend him for that. My coach [Derrick James] came with a great game plan and I just followed through with it. Keep my range, keep my composure.

“I know Lamont—he’s a tough fighter. He’s willing to die in there. You saw his coach had to stop the fight because he wanted to keep fighting.

“I still can improve a lot on my defense. I just have to keep perfecting my skills and keep progressing. You’d going to see a better Errol Spence next time I get in the ring. Everybody knows I’ve been waiting on (Keith) ‘Sometimes’ Thurman. Since I was 15-0, I’ve been calling this guy out and he keeps making excuses. Let’s get it on.

Hunter, who looks at Peterson like a son, wasn’t about to see him take any more punishment.

“It was really hard, but if you know Lamont, you know he was not going to give up,” Hunter said. “So I had to stop it. At the end of the day this is my son right here. And there’s nothing more valuable than his well-being. If it comes to him or winning, I pick him. I care about him.”

Everybody knows I’ve been waiting on (Keith) ‘Sometimes’ Thurman. Since I was 15-0, I’ve been calling this guy out and he keeps making excuses. Let’s get it on. IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr.

One telling stat that said everything about this fight: Spence landed more punches than Peterson threw, connecting on 161 shots, while Peterson was able to get off 158 punches.

The fourth round saw Spence display some nifty foot movement, turning Peterson. In the fifth, Spence dropped Peterson, and the stopwatch began. Before the seventh, Peterson’s corner took a long look at his right eye. It’s already hell to fight Spence with two eyes, but trying to defend him with the use of only one?

“He was getting the shots on me early. He was the better man tonight,” Peterson said. “I always respect Barry’s decision. If he asks me to fight a million people, I will. If he asks me to stop. I will stop. I will never question his decision. I know he has my best interests at heart.

On retiring, the Washington D.C. native said, “That’s something that I would have to think about in the next few weeks.”

The result came as a little shock to Spence.

“I didn't know I would dominate like that,” he said. “I expected to get the knockout, but this was a great performance. We were facing a great fighter like Lamont Peterson and we did well in there. I could tell Lamont was wobbling before I got him down. It was just a great feeling to put on a strong performance.

“I want Keith Thurman. He has two of the belts and we both have big names. It's an easy fight to make and I want it.”

Robert Easter Jr.

Lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. lands a punch in his split decision victory over former two-division titleholder Javier Fortuna. (Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME)

Lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. hangs on to beat Javier Fortuna by split-decision

Robert Easter Jr. is a physical anomaly. The 26-year-old from Toledo, Ohio, is a confounding 5-foot-11 lightweight champion and takes advantage of all the perks that come along with being so tall in such a small weight class. It means facing off against shorter foes like 5-foot-6 southpaw Javier Fortuna, as he did in the co-main event Saturday night.

There is one drawback, however, from being so rangy and that’s the tendency to over reach. Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) did that a few times against the experienced former two-division champ. It brought on some tricky moments for Easter, like in the sixth round, when he survived a brutal counter left hook that sent him reeling.

But overall, Easter fell into a comfort zone, began going to the body more and eventually broke down the very game Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KOs)—who missed the chance to win a record third title by a Dominican-born boxer when he missed weight on Friday, making the bout a non-title affair.

Easter won by a 12-round split-decision, getting the nod on the scorecards of judges Glenn Feldman (114-113) and Kevin Morgan (115-112), while judge John McKaie had it for Fortuna, 114-113.

“It was a tough fight, he's a former world champion for a reason,” Easter said. “We made it tough trying to counter punch. He wasn't throwing much and it made it difficult for me to chase this guy around. I couldn't get the knockout but we got the win and that's all that matter. I knew he was going to run once he felt my power. He just wanted to grab and hold the whole fight.

I want to fight the champions and unify this belt. Fights like these aren't in my game plan. I'm ready for Mikey Garcia and Jorge Linares to sign the contract. No one can beat me. He just ran and held all fight. I apologize that I didn't get the knockout but the win is all that matters.”

Fortuna, who put on a great display, was understandably angry by the result, which was thoroughly jeered by the Barclays Center crowd.

“The public knows what happened here,” Fortuna said. “They booed because they know that I won this fight. If he's a man let's fight again at 135 pounds. I will definitely make the weight. I didn't give myself enough time to train.”

Easter didn’t use his reach advantage as consistently as he should have, and Fortuna went through spells of inactivity.

In the ninth, Easter used his superior size to measure then sting Fortuna, who had a point taken away for holding and hitting in the second round, with a right, then crowded him against the ropes, scoring to the body.  

But in the first minute of the 10th, Easter was lured into slugging mode. He forgot he was five inches taller and had a 7 ½-inch edge in reach. It made for some intriguing moments in the last 30 seconds of the round, as the two plowed away at each other inside.

In the 11th, the two engaged in close quarters again. Both landed great shots. Fortuna even snuck in a left that caught Easter’s attention for a moment.

Fortuna, sensing the fight was slipping away, came at Easter in the final round. He got up in Easter’s grill and pressured him. Easter had the wherewithal to bear the brunt of the attack and his record unscathed.

Marcus Browne

Unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus Browne celebrates his first-round TKO of Francy Ntetu. (Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Unbeaten Marcus Browne scores another quick stoppage

Unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus Browne (21-0, 16 KOs) made quick work of Francy Ntetu (17-2, 4 KOs) in preliminary action, as he dropped and battered his opponent early to force referee Arthur Mercante to stop the bout at just 2:15 of the first round. Fighting for a recored 12th time at the Barclays Center, the 27 year-old Staten Island native kept his unblemished record intact by utilizing his powerful left hand on the overmatched Ntetu.

Browne established his dominance from the start, landing a clean overhand left that dropped Ntetu halfway through the round. The Montreal, Québec native was never able to regain his feet and found himself cornered against the ropes just thirty seconds later. A barrage of powerful combinations landed on the defenseless Ntetu left the referee with little option but to stop the fight with 45 seconds remaining in round number one.  

"We worked for this win. He walked into a sure shot and I made him pay," said Browne. "The overhand left caught him and that was the beginning of the end for him. I knew he was hurt.

"I need a world title shot. I'm ready to take on any of the champions. I don't have any preferences. I'm glad I put together another great performance here at Barclays Center. I'm going to keep improving until I really become Mr. Barclays Center."

Adam Kownacki

Brooklyn-based Adam Kownacki delivered a brutal knockout of Iago Kiladze in his hometown. (Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Heavyweight Adam Kownacki records another hometown KO

In the opening bout, undefeated Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KOs) delivered a brutal knockout of Iago Kiladze (26-2, 18 KOs) at 2:08 of the sixth round of their heavyweight matchup. Kownacki, born in Lomza, Poland but fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, enjoyed the support of his hometown crowd as he steadily wore Kiladze down. 

Kownacki was the more aggressive and accurate of the two fighters, landing 43 percent of his power punches and 35 percent of his total punches, compared to just 30 percent and 18 percent, respectively, for Kiladze. Despite a bloody nose that Kownacki suffered in the first round, the Polish heavyweight began to pour it on and tire Kiladze with a series of uppercuts and one-two combinations in the fourth round. The action-packed bout came to an end when Kownacki connected on a combination of two uppercuts and a right hand that sent Kiladze on his back in the final minute of the sixth round. After a stunned Kiladze returned to his feet, referee Shada Murdaugh called the fight at the suggestion of the ringside doctor. 

"I'm so thankful to all my Polish fans who come out and give me that extra support", said Kownacki, who fought in front of hundreds of his compatriots. "I'm going to keep fighting for the fans and give everyone a great show

"I think I made the fight a lot harder than I should have. It's another learning experience and I got the win. That's all that matters."

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Fatherhood has helped New York native drown out distractions as the 2012 U.S. Olympian prepares for another big fight in his backyard this Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Marcus Browne

Marcus Browne celebrates his July 2017 victory over Sean Monaghan. (Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions)

It only takes one look at a fight involving light heavyweight Marcus Browne to conclude he’s for real. Browne is a superior athlete who possesses speed, balance, punching power, footwork, reflexes, ring knowledge and instincts.

All of these attributes will be on display Saturday night when Browne attempts to take the next step towards a world title with a victory over highly-respected Canadian Francy Ntetu.

Browne (20-0-0, 15 knockouts) is favored to leave the ring at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. still unbeaten as a pro, so much so, that he’s been bombarded with questions about his thoughts on facing current titleholders or other high-ranking contenders.

Out of courtesy, the Staten Island native—whose fight will stream live on Showtime Boxing’s Facebook page and Showtime Sports’ YouTube channel at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT (main card featuring two title fights airs on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)—has provided answers. But every one of his responses should be taken with a grain of salt.

At the moment, he isn’t giving any thought to who he might be facing later this year. The only person on Browne’s mind these days is Ntetu (17-1-0, 4 KOs)—whose lone loss is to 168-pound champion David Benavidez.

“I’m not looking past him; I’m not looking past him at all,” said Brown, who has fought a record 12 times at Barclays Center. “He’s right in front of me. He’s the guy who’s in my way, so I have to take care of business.

“I take nothing for granted. When people ask me about title this and title that, I’m not getting there if I don’t beat Francy the way I’m supposed to. That’s all I’m focused on.”

It’s this mindset, this approach that has played a major role in Browne’s continued improvement as a fighter and has convinced many to label him a surefire future champion. What brought about Browne’s change?

Natural progression: A combination of physical and mental maturation. Browne is now 27; he’s physically bigger, stronger, faster and possesses more knowledge inside the ring. But it’s what’s fight fans can’t see physically that is having the greatest positive impact on Browne’s championship future—mental growth.

I take nothing for granted. When people ask me about title this and title that, I’m not getting there if I don’t beat Francy the way I’m supposed to. That’s all I’m focused on. Unbeaten 175-pound 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne

Two years ago, Brown became a father of two children—daughter, Milani, and son, Massiah. Since their births, Browne’s priorities have shifted significantly. His drive to be the light heavyweight champion of the world is no longer fueled by individual gratification, but by a desire to provide security for his children, while offering an example of how focus and hard work can make dreams a reality.

When Browne goes to the gym these days, it’s not just about preparation; he’s absorbing everything his trainers are dispensing to him. Nothing they impart—intellectual or physical—goes to waste. As a result, Browne has developed into a solid father, a mature adult and a future light heavyweight champion.

“As a man, I don’t live for myself anymore, I live for my kids,” Browne said. “It’s the same thing with fighting, I’m fighting for them and their futures, it’s not just about my future. They look up to me; I’m their dad. That in itself is a motivating factor.

“I’m a lot more settled. Believing (and knowing more) about the things going on in the gym and what my trainers are passing on to me. I’m more focused on the game plan and implementing it on fight night.

“I’ve found a good recipe with my trainers. And we’re continuing to grow and sticking to things. We’re doing new things while sticking to the basics.”

Saturday night, fans will still see another element of Browne’s ability few people have paid much attention to—his defense. Ntetu is a very active fighter. But Browne isn’t an easy fighter to hit flush. He isn’t a standstill boxer.

Browne constantly moves his head, rolls with punches and keeps his hands up. He knows, talent-wise, that the advantages are in his favor. But he isn’t taking Ntetu lightly.   

“Exactly! That’s it: being sure about yourself. Being settled and taking care of business the right way. I’m not just going in there to knock a guy out,” he said.

“He’s a very durable guy, a live guy. Even in his loss, he didn’t stop fighting. Like I always say, with a guy like (Francy), you have to convince him that he doesn’t want to be in the ring with you. And the way to do that is to take your time, take care of business and do the things we’ve been working on in the gym.”

Browne vs Monaghan: July 15, 2017 - PBC on FOX.

This week on PBC Jabs, Errol Spence Jr.'s trainer Derrick James calls in to discuss what makes Lamont Peterson dangerous and offers his prediction for this Saturday's welterweight title fight on Showtime.

Plus, we fill you in with all the details for our BIG January 20th Showtime card. And in case you missed it, Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz is all set for March 3rd… for real this time.

Brooklyn-based prospect looks to take the next step towards becoming the first Polish-American heavyweight champion when he faces Iago Kiladze this Saturday.

Adam Kownacki

After knocking out heavyweight contender Artur Szpilka in July, unbeaten Adam Kownacki looks to take the next step in a title run Saturday night in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. (Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions)

Adam Kownacki climbed the heavyweight ladder with a devastating fourth-round KO of Polish-born heavyweight contender Artur Szpilka this past July.

Now the 6-foot-3 Kownacki (16-0, 13 KOs) looks to move up a rung, pursuing his fourth straight knockout against 6-foot-4 Iago Kiladze (26-1, 18 KOs) this Saturday night in his sixth appearance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

“Babyface” took some time out of training to talk about his upcoming bout—which can be viewed exclusively in the U.S. on Showtime Sports’ YouTube channel and Showtime Boxing’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The main card that airs live on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT features two world title fights, including a 147-pound showdown between Errol Spence Jr. and Lamont Peterson.

Can you discuss how you finished off Szpilka and how that victory resonated with your Polish fans?

In the fourth round, my right hand drew blood from Szpilka’s nose, and I noticed he was getting tired. So I whispered into his ear, “Are you remembering the Deontay Wilder fight?” He was shocked. His eyes went wide like, “What the [expletive] he talking about?’

After that, I knocked him out a couple of seconds later. I pressured and stopped him like I knew I would. I had to prove that I’m the best of the Polish heavyweight fighters. I took out Szpilka in less than half the time that Deontay Wilder took him out.

Now it’s time to continue my goal of getting a title shot. I'm a man on a mission to become the first Polish, Polish-American heavyweight champion of the world. No one will stop me.

What do you know about Iago Kiladze and how will this fight break down?

I’m going to do what I do best, and that’s to bring the pressure and the fight to him. He’s a good fighter moving up from cruiserweight and he may have some good movement. I’m training out of Bellmore Kickboxing Academy in Long Island with Keith Trimble.

I’m feeling great. I’ve been working on cutting off the ring, going to the body and breaking him down.

I think that by Round 7, I should be able to take him outta there. You guys at the PBC have a knockout of the month, right? You should have one of those, because I’m going to have one of those this month.

I understand you spent time sparring with Alexander Povetkin?

I was with Alexander Povetkin for four weeks in November in Moscow, and I’m in great shape. It was good to see where I’m at.

Obviously, Povetkin is older and beyond his prime, being 38, but he still has it. He’s a great technical boxer and I picked up some things that will make me a better fighter.

How and when did you come to live in Brooklyn from Poland, and was the transition difficult?

Jobs were very hard to get at the time in Poland, and my parents received green cards and left Lomza, Poland, for Brooklyn in 1996 when I was 7 to provide a better life for my brother and I.

Immigrating to this country, not speaking the language, life was tough early on in Greenpoint, the neighborhood I grew up in. It was a big Polish community in Brooklyn, back then. I was a little bit fatter than most kids, so I got bullied a lot. It was hard.

I'm a man on a mission to become the first Polish, Polish-American heavyweight champion of the world. No one will stop me. Poland-born and Brooklyn-based heavyweight Adam Kownacki

How did you get into boxing?

I actually started with karate, first, at the age of 7 or 8. But I also grew up watching Andrew Golota fight, which sparked my interest in boxing. One day, I was walking to the movies with a cousin and I saw a boxing gym and got intrigued.

My cousin and I started going two or three time a week, training. My cousin stopped, but I continued to go by myself. Then I transferred to Gleason’s gym at 16 and entered the Golden Gloves.

I won the New York Golden Gloves championships in 2006 the first time when I was 17. I was second in 2007 and 2008 and won again in 2009. As a junior in high school in the finals, I fought a teacher from a different school. I dropped him twice.

How did you come by your nickname?

I was an amateur and I had a baby face. I was sparring with [Brooklyn-based contender] Taurus Sykes at Gleasons, and he called me that all the time and it just stuck, you know.

How frustrating was it to suffer a fractured hand during your fourth pro fight that required two surgeries?

Being out for almost three years, it was tough walking around and people asking you when are you fighting again and what’s going on?

The community I grew up in always pushed me, so the thought of retiring never crossed my mind.

My fans and my friends always wanted to see me fight again, so it was about waiting out the process and for my hands to heal.

How uplifting was it to be invited to work with Wladimir Klitschko?

That was awesome. Klitschko was training for his [fourth round KO of Jean Marc Mormeck, March, 2012.]

It was at a five-star resort in the mountains of Austria, and I learned a lot about what big time boxing is all about. Hopefully, I’ll be in Klitschko’s position pretty soon.

How would you describe your relationship with Jarrell Miller?

Last time we sparred was the month that he fought and knocked out [Mariusz Wach in November.] We did eight rounds together, but we’ve sparred for 10 or 11 years.

I’d say it’s been a thousand or more rounds. We both grew up in Brooklyn and were always around Gleason’s Gym.

I wasn’t surprised that he knocked out Gerald Washington [eighth-round stoppage in July.] I knew he was gonna do that. I was actually surprised that it took him that long.

Under what conditions would you fight Miller?

There are a lot great fights in the heavyweight division, and it would have to be worth something for us to fight. We’re two, very good, up and coming fighters from Brooklyn who are on the verge of becoming heavyweight champions.

I think it would be a great fight to have in Brooklyn, down the road, and if we fought at Barclays Center it would be a great show and a sellout. You look at the buildup for a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight and it’s like that.

It’s something that you have to wait for and it takes time. This fight would be a fight that everyone would want to see. It doesn’t make so much sense right now, so it’s better to wait for the money it would [generate] later on.

For a closer look at Adam Kownacki, check out his fighter page.

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