Adam Kownacki, Robert Helenius To Rematch On Fury/Wilder III Undercard
After 18 months of waiting, Adam Kownacki has a second chance for vengeance.
Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs) has been scheduled to rematch Robert Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs) on the undercard of Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder III on October 9 in Las Vegas.
“I’m just gonna be more cautious,” Kownacki said. “I think it’ll be a lot different. I mean, I think I was winning that fight. You know, I won the first three rounds until I got reckless coming in and got caught with a good shot.”
“It’s the heavyweight division and one punch can change everything, so obviously I’ve gotta move my head,” he added. “And the most important thing I’m working on now is double-jabbing, making sure I’m looking at my opponent, not coming down before I get caught, you know? If I’m able to do the same thing, just not getting caught, I’ll be all right.”
In their first meeting, Helenius won via TKO for the vacant WBA gold world heavyweight title. He knocked Kownacki to one knee with a left-right combination with 20 seconds left in the fourth round.
This set up the Finnish boxer to be mandatory challenger for former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
The two’s “immediate” rematch has been postponed several times, but it seems their officially set to meet again and, this time, Kownacki said he’s going to be more patient.
Helenius is the No. 3 ranked WBA heavyweight while Kownacki is at No. 10.