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Adam Kownacki News
The two-division world champion looks as good as ever in his 154-pound debut as he outpoints a game Jose Benavidez Jr. Saturday night atop a Premier Boxing Champions tripleheader on SHOWTIME.
One of the greatest trilogies in heavyweight history ends with one of the greatest matches in boxing history as Fury retains his WBC crown in a wild back-and-forth Saturday night in Las Vegas.
With his second son on the way, the heavyweight contender looks to exact revenge when he takes on Robert Helenius Saturday night on the Fury-Wilder 3 undercard, live on pay-per-view.
Adam Kownacki Fights
Loss vs Ali Eren Demirezen 16-1-0
Jul 30, 2022 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Adam Kownacki LOSES to Ali Eren Demirezen by UD in Round 10 of 10
LOSS vs Robert Helenius 31-4-0
Oct 09, 2021 • T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Robert Helenius WINS against Adam Kownacki by TD in Round 5 of 12
Loss vs Robert Helenius 31-4-0
Mar 07, 2020 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Adam Kownacki LOSES to Robert Helenius by in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Chris Arreola 38-7-1
Aug 03, 2019 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Adam Kownacki WINS against Chris Arreola by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Gerald Washington 20-5-1
Jan 26, 2019 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Gerald Washington by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Charles Martin 29-3-1
Sep 08, 2018 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Charles Martin by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Iago Kiladze 27-5-1
Jan 20, 2018 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Adam Kownacki WINS against Iago Kiladze by KO in Round 6 of 10
WIN vs Artur Szpilka 24-5-0
Jul 15, 2017 • Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, USA
Artur Szpilka LOSES to Adam Kownacki by TKO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Joshua Tufte 19-1-0
Jan 14, 2017 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Joshua Tufte by TKO in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Jesse Barboza 11-1-1
Jun 25, 2016 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Jesse Barboza by TKO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Danny Kelly 10-3-1
Jan 16, 2016 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Danny Kelly by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Rodney Hernandez 8-2-1
Oct 10, 2015 • Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Rodney Hernandez by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Maurenzo Smith 12-9-3
Aug 01, 2015 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Maurenzo Smith by KO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Ytalo Perea 6-1-1
May 29, 2015 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Ytalo Perea by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Jamal Woods 6-14-3
Nov 01, 2014 • UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Jamal Woods by TKO in Round 4 of 8
Win vs Charles Ellis 9-1-1
Aug 02, 2014 • Revel Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Charles Ellis by TKO in Round 5 of 6
Win vs Excell Holmes 2-2-1
Mar 29, 2014 • The Ballroom, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Excell Holmes by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Calbert Lewis 0-2-0
Apr 20, 2013 • Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, New York, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Calbert Lewis by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Damon Clement 0-2-0
Jul 16, 2010 • Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Damon Clement by KO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Yohan Banks 3-3-3
May 22, 2010 • Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Yohan Banks by KO in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Tyyab Beale 2-2-0
Apr 02, 2010 • Masonic Temple, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Tyyab Beale by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Carossee Auponte 0-2-0
Oct 30, 2009 • PAL Gym, Yonkers, New York, USA
Adam Kownacki WINS against Carossee Auponte by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Adam Kownacki Bio
Poland-born, Brooklyn-based heavyweight Adam Kownacki is one of the hardest punchers in the division today. Never in a dull fight, Kownacki has slowly climbed the heavyweight ranks, thrilling fans everywhere with his "take no prisoners" style.
COMING TO AMERICA
A seven-year-old Adam Kownacki arrived on U.S. soil from Lomza, Poland, in 1996. His parents came to America to provide a better life for themselves and their two boys.
Inspired by former heavyweight title challenger and fellow Pole Andrew Golota, Kownacki turned to boxing at the age of 15, earning New York Golden Gloves championships in 2006 and 2009 in addition to finishing second in 2007 and 2008.
A KNOCKOUT OF A START
Given the nickname, “Babyface” for his cherubic features, Kownacki’s aggressive, bludgeoning style belies that moniker.
“Babyface” made his pro debut in New York in October 2009 with a 22-second TKO of Carossee Auponte.
Auponte was Kownacki’s first of nine straight stoppage victories without a loss, ending with a 40-second knockout of Randy Easton in April 2015.
In his fourth fight in July 2010, Kownacki overcame an early knockdown before gaining a second-round KO of Damon Clement.
However, Kownacki fractured his left hand in the victory. The injury required two surgeries; an artificial bone was placed in that hand.
Kownacki healed enough to accept an invitation to spar with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2012, but he experienced another setback when he tore his left bicep.
MAKING A STATEMENT
A recovered Kownacki returned in April 2013 with a second-round TKO of Calbert Lewis, and, four fights later, defeated the aforementioned Easton.
Kownacki then won six straight (three by knockout), capped by a second-round TKO of Joshua Tufte in January 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
On July 15, 2017, the 6-foot-3 Kownacki proved he was a serious threat with a fourth-round TKO of former title challenger Artur Szpilka in an all-Polish battle at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York.
Kownacki stopped Szpilka quicker than both heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and title challenger Bryant Jennings, who did so in the ninth and 10th rounds, respectively. In January 2018, he registered a sixth-round knockout of Iago Kiladze.
“I pressured and stopped him like I knew I would. I had to prove that I’m the best of the Polish heavyweight fighters, which is definitely a step up. It was a life-changing moment.”
A HOMETOWN HERO
Kownacki draws a big, largely-Polish contingent to Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn. In September 2018, he won a unanimous decision over former world champion Charles Martin (25-2-1, 23 KOs) in an all-out brawl that left his boisterous Polish fans giddy.
On January 26, 2019, Kownacki took another major step toward a world title shot with a second-round TKO of former world title challenger Gerald Washington (19-2-1, 12 KOs).
“It’s time to continue my goal of getting a title shot,” said Kownacki. “I'm a man on a mission to become the first Polish, Polish-American heavyweight champion of the world. No one will stop me.”
Kownacki returned to the ring on August 3 versus former world title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola at Barclays. The two warriors produced a classic heavyweight brawl, landing a combined 667 punches and throwing 2,172, both CompuBox heavyweight records. In the end, Kownacki's skill and firepower were too much as he won a 12-round unanimous decision by scores of 118-110, 117-111, 117-111.
On March 7, 2020, Kownacki took on Robert Helenius in front of 8,811 boisterous fans at Barclays. "Babyface" got off to a hot start, working Helenius over with body shots. But the "Nordic Nightmare" sprung a surprise, dropping Kownacki with a hard right in the fourth and putting him away with a follow-up flurry that forced referee David Shields to wave the bout off at 1:08 of the fourth.
"It wasn't my night," said Kownacki. "It's boxing. It's a tough sport and things just didn't go my way tonight. It was a learning experience and I'm going to go back to the drawing board and get back to work.
"He hit me with a good shot. I knew what was going on, but I'm just upset with myself. It is what it is."
Kownacki was unable to exact revenge when the two met on October 9, 2021 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, live on pay-per-view. Helenius was victorious again, this time stopping Kownacki in six rounds.
On July 30, 2022, Kownacki would lose his third straight, dropping a 10-round unanimous decision to 2016 Turkish Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen. In his 11th fight at Barclays Center, Kownacki rode the urging of his hometown fans to a fast start as he targeted Demirezen’s body frequently in round one. As the bout progressed, Demirezen flipped the script and ended up being the more aggressive fighter, throwing 915 punches to Kownacki’s 851, while landing 239 power punches compared to Kownacki’s 186.
“I’m a bit rusty, I think he was getting off first in the exchanges, I didn’t’ sit down as much, I think the rust played a part, being out so long,” said Kownacki. “I was out of the ring since last October, camp was good but I don’t know, I was letting him get off first, I wasn’t moving my feet. I went back to the old me instead of the first few rounds when I was doing good.
“I have two kids, I’ll have a long talk with my wife to see what I want to do. I’ve had so many fights here, so many great memories, I don’t want to go out like a loser. I would like another fight to leave my fans with a win.”