Undefeated heavyweight contender Adam “Babyface” Kownacki (19-0 15KOs) will clash with Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (38-5-1 33KOs) on Saturday August 3rd, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,NY. This fight should be full of fireworks. It will not go the full 12 rounds. Both of these guys are warriors and will be throwing bombs with bad intentions.
For those of you not familiar with Adam Kownacki, here’s a little backstory. He was born in Poland and at the age of 7 came to the the United States (Brooklyn,NY) in 1996 along with his parents and brother. I’ve encountered many fans who see him associated more with Poland than America. He will be fighting in what I would consider his hometown. For those of you who aren’t familiar with New York City, there is a large Polish contingent here, and the Barclays Center should be rocking Saturday night. He has made Barclays somewhat of a home, fighting there in 9 of his last 11 fights.
Kownacki is coming off a 2nd round TKO victory over Gerald Washington (20-3-1 13KOs) back in January. He’s been dominant so far, but as he bumps up the competition, will he continue to dominate. He sure thinks so. Recently he stated that he wants to beat Arreola worse than Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (41-0-1 40KOs) did. It’s not impossible for him to do that. Arreola is a little bit older now, 38 years old, and Wilder TKO’d him in the 8th round of their fight, despite breaking his hand. Kownacki has stated that he’s been working on his head movement in training camp, something he’s been criticized for in the past. He’s has a similar style to Arreola as they are both come forward, aggressive fighters. This is the classic youth vs experience, but when you have two heavyweights who like to throw bombs, all of that stuff goes out the window real fast.
Chris Arreola is coming off a 3rd round TKO victory over Jean Pierre Augustin, who was previously undefeated with 17 wins, 12 coming by way of knockout, and 1 draw. Even at 38, Arreola shows that he is still dangerous and he still has something left in the tank. How much does he have left? Enough to defeat a fast rising heavyweight like Kownacki? I don’t know. I do know he’s going to come to fight, and if he does get knocked out – he will go out on his shield like a true warrior. Anything can happen in the heavyweight division, especially when you have two guys exchanging bombs in the center of the ring.
This fight won’t go the distance. I fully expect Adam Kownacki to continue to rise through the heavyweight rankings, hopefully getting a title shot within the next year. He needed to work on his head movement for this fight. He said they worked on it hard during training camp. I hope it shows. If he can slip and counter, I can see Kownacki ending this fight early, possibly inside of 3. He should end it quicker than the 8 rounds it took Wilder, but Arreola is durable. There’s a reason Arreola has stuck around this boxing game for so long. He’s no slouch. He’s going to come in Saturday ready to go to war. My prediction: Kownacki TKO inside of 6
The card will be shown on PBC on fox at 8pm ET on Saturday, August 3rd. You read that right, this will not be a PPV fight. You can catch all the action for free on fox. *Note* Andre Berto pulled out of his fight Saturday night due to a torn biceps injury. His replacement is to be determined as of right now.