Kownacki Not Overlooking Helenius
Ahead of his main event fight in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, heavyweight contender Adam “Babyface” Kownacki (20-0, 15 KO’s) is being viewed as the heavy favorite. His opponent, Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (29-3, 18 KO’s), 36, is well-experienced but definitely on the downside of his professional career. Despite his age, and accumulated wear and tear, Kownacki has no intentions of taking the win for granted.
RESPECT YOUR ENEMY
Not only does Babyface want to keep his flawless record immaculate, the upcoming bout will also serve as a WBA title eliminator. So just as much as the high-volume Polish boxer wants to win in a good showing, he wants to advance his cause in pursuing his first world title.
[On the type of fight he expects] “Tough! Obviously he is on the decline. His best years are behind him, but he says he is healthy. He’s ready to go so I’m not taking anything lightly. I mean I’m in great shape, I can’t wait to fight on Saturday.”
“…he has a great résumé. He beat Dereck Chisora, who’s also very good right now, he had a decision [loss] to Dillian Whyte, I mean obviously he’s had some losses but that happens to everybody, to a lot of guys!”
Naturally, a win on Saturday will provide his upward momentum in the sport a tremendous boost.
“It’s a WBA eliminator, so it will definitely to put me up there…we know that he is in great shape, so we can’t look past him!”
SEEK AND DESTROY MISSION
In his preparation for Helenius, Team Kownacki has been very conscious of the fact that the Nordic Nightmare has a very mobile style of combat. If given his preference, Kownacki, who is known for applying a great deal of pressure on his opponents, would prefer that Helenius come forward and meet him head-to-head. Yet, in the event that this does not happen, Babyface is ready to track the big man down.
“That’s what’s going to suck a little bit, you know. We have to cut off the ring and work to get my shots in. But I think I’m going to be able to do it. I had a good camp to do that and we’re going to see on Saturday. But I definitely will close off the ring, cut it off, get in with my double jab and go to that body.”
If all goes according to his plan, Adam Kownacki plans on having a great all-action fight in front of raucous crowd filled with screaming Polish fans. Yet, in the end, will all will have to watch the fight see how it ultimately plays out.
By: Bakari Simpson