What’s On The Line: Kownacki-Helenius

Inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 7, two of boxing’s hardest-hitting heavyweights will do battle to determine the mandatory challenger for the WBA Championship. Robert Helenius will look to stop the momentum of Brooklyn mainstay Adam Kownacki. The title is currently held by Anthony Joshua.

A fight between a Polish star with insane power and “The Nordic Nightmare” is more than just a title eliminator. It is about pride and the ability to produce as a star in boxing’s deep heavyweight division.

Helenius (29-3) is coming off of a win against Mateus Roberto Osorio back in November via knockout. It was a rebound following a KO-loss against Gerald Washington in July that ended a three-fight win streak. With  Helenius winning the majority of the fight, one mistake affected the outcome. Washington ended up facing Charles Martin in an IBF Heavyweight Title eliminator bout on the Wilder-Fury 2 undercard, with Martin winning.

The former European Heavyweight Champion was inactive for two years following a contract dispute with Team Sauerland. Since that issue in 2013, Helenius is 10-3. This is a fight Helenius has been waiting for. The win could help fulfill the idea that he is a dominant athlete ready to finally get his moment.

Fighting inside the Barclays Center for the tenth time, Kownacki (20-0) has won 75% of his wins via some form of knockout. Kownacki has beaten the aforementioned Washington and Martin. He also broke the record for most combined punches against heavyweight contender Chris Arreola in a thrilling affair.

This is Kownacki’s chance to prove he is a major star against another legitimate opponent. While Joshua holds the title the winner is fighting for, Kownacki has expressed interest in fighting Tyson Fury, who beat Deontay Wilder in this past weekend’s rematch.

Who will come out on top when Premier Boxing Champions hosts these two warriors?

FIGHT SPORTS has secured the NORDIC broadcasting rights to Kownacki v. Helenius on FIGHT SPORTS MAX. The area is one of 40 countries FIGHT SPORTS has the rights for, including the MENA region. 

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