Adam Kownacki Says He’s Still an Elite Heavyweight Contender!
On July 30, heavyweight contender Adam “Babyface” Kownacki (20-2, 15KOs) will look to get back to his winning ways when he faces fellow contender Ali Eren Demirezen (16-1, 12KOs). The fight will take place on the undercard of Danny Garcia vs Jose Benavidez Jr.
The hard-hitting Polish contender has built up a nice support system from Polish fans who often pack out his fights, especially when he fights in New York. Babyface was riding high prior to his fight with Robert Helenius (31-3, 18KOs). He was ranked in the top five by the WBA, IBF, and WBO, while ranked number six by the WBC. However, his position would take a drastic hit after he was upset by the Nordic Nightmare in March of 2020.
Not only did Kownacki lose, he was stopped in the fourth round. This was a major surprise considering the run he had been on with victories over former IBF champion Charles Martin, and world title challengers Gerald Washington and Chris Arreola. Being the fighter that he is, he decided to run it back with Helenius. Unfortunately for him, the result was the same. He was badly beaten and was disqualified for excessive low blows.
When Babyface steps into the ring against Demirezen, who’s ranked number 10 in the WBO, he’ll look to remind people of why he’s a guy that should be respected. Demirezen is a solid fighter whose last win came via stoppage over the aforementioned Gerald Washington in January. He’s also been in the ring with Efe Ajagba, losing a decision.
I’M STILL ELITE!
When asked whether he still feels he’s among the elite at heavyweight, Babyface had this to say:
“I wouldn’t be doing this if I thought otherwise, you know? Luckily I invested money right, so I don’t have to do this. I want to be the first Polish world champion, and that’s why I’m doing this. I could’ve fought anybody else. […] So we could have an easy fight, an easier fight, but I want to fight the best guys out there and beating Ali puts me back into the mix because he’s beat some tough top guys. Beating him puts me back where I want to be.”
While the jury is still out on whether or not Babyface is an elite heavyweight or not, One thing isn’t up for debate, and that’s that he’s one of the most exciting fighters in the division and still has the power that opponents must respect.
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By: Jerrell Fletcher