Onerous-hitting Adam Kownacki desires of changing into a Polish-American heavyweight champ | Boxing


NEW YORK – As a lot because the nationally-televised viewers on FOX will likely be tuning in to “PBC Combat Evening” on Saturday to see Keith Thurman again within the ring, one other boxer on the cardboard may simply steal their hearts.

Adam Kownacki will deliver his brawling, thumping model again to Barclays Heart in Brooklyn, the place he’ll face Gerald Washington in heavyweight motion.

Kownacki’s smash-mouth model isn’t fairly, however boy is it crowd-pleasing. He’s going to eat his fair proportion of punches, however he’s going to maintain transferring ahead and throwing and touchdown extra pictures of his personal — every outfitted with a thud. At the least that’s what the Polish fighter has been capable of do successfully by way of 18 professional bouts, touting an 18-Zero document with 14 KOs, as he continues to climb up the heavyweight ranks and construct up his profile concurrently.

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His final battle at Barclays Heart —a unanimous choice over Charles Martin on Showtime in September — had lots of of raucous Polish battle followers in attendance cheering him on, giving him as frenzied of a response, if not larger, than Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia acquired in the principle occasion. He’s anticipating much more of a fervent present of help Saturday evening when he takes on Washington.

“Polish folks have my again since day one, since novice days they’ve come out to help me and it’s getting larger and greater with each battle,” Kownacki informed Sporting Information earlier than his media exercise at Gleason’s Fitness center on Wednesday. “It’s wonderful and I hope this battle will likely be round 2,000 folks supporting me.”

If there’s one place that Kownacki reps as a lot as Poland, it’s Brooklyn. His household emigrated from Lomza, Poland to the Greenpoint part of Brooklyn when he was simply seven-years-old, along with his father working the evening shift at a neighborhood bakery and his mother working within the resort business.

“Fortunately, I moved to Greenpoint, which had an enormous Polish group on the time, so it was a lot simpler to adapt, however English was a second language, so it was arduous,” Kownacki stated. “My dad labored nights, he slept through the day, so we actually didn’t get to spend time with him as a result of he was at work. So, it wasn’t straightforward, however we managed. Finally, he did building — a bit higher paying job — so, we managed.”

He added: “I used to be all the time a bit chubby rising up, so I acquired bullied a bit bit.”

Years later, and “Babyface” continues to be “a bit chubby,” besides he’s the one bullying others now … within the ring.

Kownacki tipped the scales at simply over 263 kilos through the weigh-in for his battle towards Martin. When he and Martin exchanged heated phrases after the weigh-in, Kownacki brushed them off saying, “I’m from Brooklyn, man, so I ain’t afraid of that s—.”

The following evening, he proceeded to pummel Martin, taking a fair proportion of punches, however throwing and touchdown the extra devastating pictures en path to yet one more victory. With Kownacki, absent is a chiseled six-pack such as you may see on different heavyweights. However current is a hard-hitting combating spirit that goes for broke with every efficiency.

“Boxing is a talent,” Kownacki informed a pool of reporters following his media exercise, shrugging off questions on his physique, “not a bodybuilding contest.”

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By boxing, Kownacki was capable of buy a house for he, his spouse and fogeys on Lengthy Island, New York roughly 4 years in the past. Furthering his ascension up the ranks has him fascinated by buying his mother and father a house of their very own. And there is one other objective — with Poland and Brooklyn on his thoughts.

“That’s my final objective. That’s what I take into consideration each day — changing into Polish-American heavyweight champ of the world,” he informed Sporting Information with a grin on his face. “That’s the bar I set for myself and I plan on engaging in that title.”

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