Heavyweight Adam Kownacki ready for revenge against Robert Helenius
At the top of 2020, heavyweight contender Adam “Babyface” Kownacki (20-1, 15 KO’s) was in a wonderful position professionally. The high-volume puncher was ranked #3 (IBF), #4 (WBO), #4 (WBA) and #6 (WBC). Taking advantage of his cultural roots, Kownacki was fighting regularly in New York City in front of a sea of roaring Polish fight fans. His name was even being floated around as a potential opponent for then WBC World heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz.
Yet that was all before March 7, 2020 when he went head-to-head with Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (30-3, 19 KO’s). Prior to the prizefight the match was generally viewed as a platform for Kownacki to shine on. Even in the ring, the fight began as it was scripted to. Babyface tore into what appeared to be an overmatched foe. Then in the fourth round, Helenius badly hurt Kownacki. A few minutes and a pair of knockdowns later, referee David Fields was forced to save him from further damage by halting the bout.
LET’S DO IT AGAIN
As can be expected, the damage done to his career was substantial. Obviously the calls for the bigger fights dried up quicker than an orange peel roasting under a Californian noon sun. In the rankings, he plummeted to #9 (WBA) and completely out of the top 15 for the other major three sanctioning bodies. Naturally, Kownacki is ready to start getting his career back on the right track. He has remained idle ever since his sole professional loss. Thankfully for him, he has the chance to make corrections right where they went wrong as he revealed via his social media.
DANGEROUS DICE ROLL?
It will be very interesting to see how the Polish fighter rebounds from his first loss. As was the case in the first outing, Kownacki will be the favorite and should prevail in the rematch. If this turns out to be the case then Team Kownacki can begin putting the whole affair in their rearview mirrors.
If Babyface is not able to win however, and in impressive fashion, the second defeat would stand as an even bigger crippling blow to his professional progression. This is why his upcoming prizefight is a critical must-win event. Regardless of how it plays out though, 3kingsboxing will be there to report the news.
By: Bakari Simpson