Adam Kownacki puts on a show as he decisions Chris Arreola!
After twelve fun rounds of action in front of 8,790 fans in attendance at the Barclays Center, Adam “Babyface” Kownacki (20-0, 15 KO’s) secured a very hard fought unanimous decision win over a fiercely determined Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KO’s).
In a classic rising contender versus gate keeper fight, Kownacki and Arreola put on an old fashioned brawl. From the round one to twelve, the two big men went toe-to-toe in an almost exclusively phone booth-themed war.
During the first three rounds, Arreola made it seem like it was going to be a short night. The Nightmare displayed lackluster defense, didn’t seem to have very much pop on his shots and moved backwards in straight lines way too often.
Arreola consistently landed short, choppy punches which, initially, were seemingly rather ineffective.
On the other hand, Babyface was regularly snapping his opponent’s head around on his shoulders. To make matters worse, the Polish boxer clearly buzzed the Nightmare with a jaw-jacking uppercut in the fourth round.
As the prizefight moved into the second half, Arreola began demonstrating a number of signs that he was hurt. Thankfully for him, as he began to show signs of injury, Kownacki started to show signs of fatigue.
It’s of little surprise that either fighter was becoming a tad bit sluggish because they both were throwing an insane amount of punches, especially to the body. In fact, both boxers threw over 1,000 punches apiece, which set a new heavyweight record!
During the last few rounds, Arreola could clearly be seen psyching himself up by shaking out his hand, bouncing on his toes and diving back into the phone booth.
Despite his gutty performance, the Nightmare would come up on the short end of an unanimous decision.
Post-Fight Quotes & Summary
“I thought it was a good close fight but I knew I pulled it out. I landed a lot of shots and that was enough to win. Thats all that matters
“Chris is an Aztec warrior. He’s a great fighter. I knew it would be a tough fight and I prepared for it. The CompuBox numbers prove it was a great fight.
“I tried to follow up when I had him hurt but I was throwing two punches instead of three or four. Props to Arreola because he proved he could still hang. I’m sure the fans would want to see him again.
“I just have to keep training hard, getting better and sharpening my skills. We’ll see what the future holds. Hopefully next year I’ll get the title shot.”
Adam Kownacki – Heavyweight Contender
“Retirement is something I need to talk to my family and team about. I gave it my all this fight. I let it all hang out. After breaking my hand, I kept fighting because I believed I could win.
“Adam is relentless. He just keeps coming. I know I got him with some good punches and he got me with some good ones. I was more than ready to go all 12, but Adam came in and won the fight.”
Chris Arreola – Heavyweight Contender
While congrats go out to Team Kownacki, Babyface certainly needs to work on several aspects of his game.
The Polish tough man would definitely benefit from tightening his defense up and working a bit on his stamina.
By: Bakari Simpson