Polish Heavyweight Champion Adam Kownacki Prepares For Weekend Fight
Adam Kownacki (20-2, 15 KOs) is preparing for a win this time around, after being defeated by Robert Helenius back-to-back.
In his hometown of Brooklyn, the Polish heavyweight champ will be returning to the ring for a ShowTime tripleheader at the Barclays Center on July 30. Kownacki will be going up against Ali Eren Demirezen (16-1, 12KOs) for 10 rounds.
This will be Kownacki’s first fight since his loss to Helenius back in October.
Kownacki has kept the faith even after his last two defeats.
“I wouldn’t be doing this if I thought otherwise,” Kownacki told reporters during a recent virtual press conference on Thursday. “After this [fight], I still want to be the world’s first Polish heavyweight champion. That’s why I do this.
“I could’ve taken an easier fight, but I wanted a tough guy. Beating a guy like Ali puts me back in the mix. That’s where I want to be.”
Danny Garcia and Jose Benavidez Jr. will be headlining the fight this upcoming Saturday for the junior middleweight title.
Before entering the ring with Helenius, Kownacki was a 20-0 heavyweight, fighting at his home venue for the tenth time in his career. During the March 2020 main event, Kownacki endured second career knockdown and after that his first pro defeat, having been stopped in the fourth round of the PBC main event.
Due to the pandemic, over 19 months passed before Kownacki and Helenius would reunite in Las Vegas for the all-heavyweight Pay-Per-View event. Kownacki was defeated a second time by Helenius in the sixth round.
Demirezen is difficult competition, but Kownacki sees this fight a significant part of his future.
“I never thought I was done,” insists Kownacki. “I always go out and do my best. My first boxing goal was to win the New York Golden Gloves, and I did that in my first year. My goal, now, is to win the world title and that’s what I plan on doing. We’re on the road back.
“I had a good 20 fights, I hit a bump in the road, but on July 30 I’m coming to get a win and then I’m back on the right track. I want to get a world title shot in the next year or two. I’m in great hands with Al Haymon and PBC, so I know they’ll help me make it happen.”