This Saturday, unbeaten Polish born Heavyweight contender 🇵🇱Adam Kownacki has his sights set on adding his name to the current Heavyweight title picture with the likes of Andy Ruiz, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Kownacki returns to the Barclay’s Center where he was raised in Brooklyn. The Barclay’s has welcomed him with such open arms that this will mark the 4th straight time Kownacki has fought there and the 9th time in his last 11 matchups, but this time as the main event. Among his past bouts in the arena, Kownacki has notched wins against Charles Martin in 2018 and this past January won by KO over Gerald Washington.
This time the 30 year old Kownacki (19-0-0, 15KO) will face veteran challenger 🇺🇸Chris Arreola (38-5-1, 33KO) who has won his last two, but self admittedly at the age of 38, is staring face to face with retirement depending on how this one plays out.
“If I lose this fight, I will retire, plain and simple. I love the sport, and I want people to still remember me as a world heavyweight champion. I believe I still have the skills to do so. I’m working hard out here with Joe Goossen. To make sure to put a little setback to Kownacki’s plans for the world title. He will get there, but my plan is to not let him use my name as a stepping stone.”
All things considered Arreola may present the toughest test for Kownacki in his 20th fight. The hometown crowd will have a number of Polish flags waving in the stands that Kowncaki is always aware of and gives him an extra boost in the ring. He is also finding extra motivation in attempting to beat Arreola in a more impressive fashion than WBC Champion Deontay Wilder did in 2016.
“I think if I could beat him in a better fashion than Deontay beat him before, then that’s a good statement. I have been with two guys that Deontay Wilder fought with Artur Szpilka and Gerald Washington. It took Wilder ten rounds to knock out Artur Szpilka when I just walked right through him. And the same thing with Gerald Washington. I knocked him out in two rounds. My next fight against Arreola, another fight Wilder and I have in common, and I plan to do the same thing, walk right through him.”
Kownacki vs Arreola will be shown on FOX at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT.