Greenpoint heavyweight contender to headline at Barclays this summer
by Bryan Fonseca
Jul 02, 2019 | 6134 views | 0 0 comments | 550 550 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adam Kownacki (19-0, 15 KO’s), who has recently supplanted Jarrell Miller as Brooklyn’s highest regarded heavyweight boxer, will main event his very first Barclays Center card near his Greenpoint home on August 3.

Kownacki is 8-0 at Barclays Center in his career, which began professionally at PAL Gym in Yonkers 10 years ago. The Polish pugilist stopped former heavyweight contender Gerald Washington in round two of their Barclays Center clash this past January, which came four months after a thrilling 10-round decision victory over former World Heavyweight Champion Charles Martin on the undercard of Shawn Porter versus Danny Garcia.

"This is an exciting moment for me. When I first fought at Barclays Center, I fought after the main event, so this is just an amazing feeling to be headlining,” said Kownacki at the pre fight press conference. "I've worked very hard to get to this moment. This is another step toward me becoming a world champion. I'm looking to put myself in line for a world title shot.

The 30-year-old contender will face former World Heavyweight Title challenger Chris Arreola (38-5-1, 33 KO’s), who turned 38 years old in March. Arreola is considered to be a step up in competition for Kownacki, and earned three heavyweight title shots in his career going back to 2009, the most recent coming in July of 2016 against current WBC titlist, Deontay Wilder, who won by stoppage in round eight.

Arreola only returned to the ring this past December, and has gone 2-0 since, with his last victory standing as a third round technical knockout over a previously undefeated Jean Pierre Augustin.

"Everyone knows this is going to be a great fight,” said Arreola. “People always have something negative to say anyway, so I'm only controlling what I can. I'm really looking forward to this fight and displaying the new tricks of the trade that I'll be implementing into this fight.”

Arreola adds that he expects a great bout between the two.

"Adam and I are going to put on a great fight. I'm really excited for this one. As a fan, this is the kind of fight I'd want to watch. It's going to be a fight that's talked about for years,” he said.

"I'm nothing like the fighters he's fought. I'm not an opponent. I'm here to fight,” he added. “He's going to have a tough time trying to put me out. A lot of people underestimate me, but you'll see on August 3 that I'm a heavyweight to be reckoned with. The main thing that I've seen from Kownacki is that he throws a lot of punches. He throws a bunch of punches. You just keep throwing punches and one of them is going to land and that's what I see from him.”

Kownacki agrees, and said he intends to finish Arreola while using him as a stepping stone to leverage a possible fight with Wilder.

"Chris Arreola and I are going to put on the Fight of the Year. We're going to show that the big guys can really fight,” Kownacki offered. “The heavyweight division is hot right now and this is going to add to it. With our styles being guys who come forward, it doesn't get better as a boxing fan. This is the third fighter I've had in common with Deontay Wilder. I knocked out Artur Szpilka and Gerald Washington faster than he did, and I'm looking to do the same August 3."
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