Adam Kownacki wants a title shot after Chris Arreola!
Currently, the heavyweight division is bubbling over with talent and intriguing potential match-ups. One of the boxers who is ready to shake the division up is Adam “Baby Face” Kownacki (19-0, 15 KO’s). The Poland born fighter is currently ranked #16, #6 and #4 by the WBA, WBC and IBF respectively.
He is relatively new to the heavyweight contender scene, however, he has a significant amount of momentum behind him.
Kownacki is on schedule to fight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (38-5-1, 33 KO’s) at the Barclays Center located in Brooklyn, NY. The Barclays has become something of a second home to the rough and tumble pugilist.
In fact, the bout with Arreola will mark his ninth prizefight in the popular venue, which means that almost half of his professional career has been staged at the Brooklyn rumble factory. A large part of this is due to the heavy concentration of Polish people who reside in NY.
By appealing to this built in market, Team Kownacki has successfully established a strong following for the friendly bruiser. Given the previous success that he has enjoyed at the Barclays, Kownacki is confident this will be another enjoyable night out for his fans.
“For the fans of course. I mean, doing that one good fight, a lot of guys coming forward trying to get a knockout. So, the fans will definitely win.”
Like most fighters coming into their peak, Kownacki is confident that he can overcome the challenge that Arreola will present. This does not mean that he is underestimating the Nightmare though.
The hard-punching Polish pugilist realizes that even though Arreola is long in the tooth, he has still been around the block a few times. Also, due to his travels and numerous wars, the affable Californian fighter has picked up a great deal of useful experience in the process.
Although unsuccessful in his attempts, the Nightmare has had four attempts at heavyweight gold. His most recent try came against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on July 16, 2016.
“I think his strengths are just he’s a very tough fighter. He comes forward, goes for the knockout and he’s a veteran. The experience that he has is tremendous. He’s been there with everybody and his weaknesses are, I think, his age.
“It’s definitely a factor and we’re going to see if he still has what it takes to be a top notch fighter.”
Should Kownacki topple Arreola, he is more than ready for his first title shot. The Polish boxer received an offer to face former WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua.
Despite getting the proverbial golden ticket, Kownacki would turn down the fight. Even though Andy Ruiz Jr would take the match instead and defeat Joshua, Baby Face does not regret his choice.
“I just want a full twelve week camp you know? The fight was too soon. I wasn’t ready for the fight at that time, like prepared wise. When I go to a fight, I want to make sure I’m fully prepared and I wasn’t at that time.
“Like six weeks was too little of a break and plus there would be negotiations and other stuff that would go into that. So we wouldn’t even start camp in six weeks when the fight was proposed, or supposedly proposed. So, I definitely want a shot if I can get through Chris Arreola August 3, and then hopefully a title shot will be right around the corner.”
By: Bakari Simpson