Kownacki Defeats Arreola In A Slugfest
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York- In what’s quickly become the central home for boxing on the East Coast, Barclays Center hosted yet another stellar PBC on FOX fight card for fight fans to enjoy. This fight card featured some competitive matchups before getting to the Interim WBA World and WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Championship. This was on top of what promised to a slugfest between Heavyweight Brooklyn raised Adam Kownacki and East Los Angeles bred Chris Arreola headlining fight.
The live telecast began with a 10 round Super Welterweight bout which pitted Brownsville NY native Curtis Stevens against hard-hitting Lagos, Nigeria native Wale Omotoso. Though fan favorite Stevens had the crowd on his side, Omotoso dominated the early rounds of this fight by knocking down Stevens twice in the first two rounds. Stevens came out strong in the 3rd round however Omotoso dropped him again before the refs eventually stopped the fight; scoring a TKO for Omotoso.
In the following fight, Marcus Browne took on Jean Pascal for the Interim WBA World and WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Championship. This fight was dominated in the early rounds by Staten Island, NY native Browne. As Browne and Pascal threw simultaneous punches, Quebec, CAN. born Pascal landed a straight right flush Browne’s chin and sent him to the canvas in the 4th round. Marcus got up quickly from the canvas in disbelief.
Browne rebounded well from the early knockdown to reasserted his dominance over Pascal in the 5th and 6th rounds. However, Pascal caught Browne with another straight right while his hands were down just enough, to expose his chin and Pascal dropped him again in the 7th round. In the following round, the two men collided heads which result in Browne receiving a deep gash above his eye.
After the accidental head butt ruling by the referee, the fight went to the scorecards. This was a weird fight to score in the sense that I saw one fighter clearly in control of the fight but gave up the lead by being knocked down a few times officially. Because the fight went to the cards the judges had Pascal leading on their scorecards 75-74, earning him the new WBA and WBC Silver World Champion belt.
The Hometown kid was the headliner on Saturday night in Brooklyn, this quote is a look into his mindset as he goes into this fight, “This is a new experience for me being the headliner, but in the ring it doesn’t matter. It’s just two guys fighting each other. We both love to fight. I can’t wait to get it over with and punch him in the face.”
Before the fight, Chris Arreola shows his understanding of who Kownacki is, “He’s a volume puncher. He just keeps coming and he’s smiling at you the whole time. At the end of the day, I’m going to put a frown on his face Saturday. My prediction is that the fans are going to get their money’s worth. You better record this one, because you’re going to watch it again and again. I’m going to come out with my hand raised.”
As expected, the headline fight between Heavyweight sluggers Adam Kownacki and Chris Arreola did not disappoint. Because each of these men is known to be offensive boxers, this fight wasn’t expected to go the full 12 rounds. But just as expected Knowacki showed he does not move backward and Chris Arreola proved why he’s been classified as one of the toughest heavyweights around.
These guys came out and stood toe to toe and exchanged punches as if they were flyweights. So much so, they beat the previous record of 650, by combining to land 667 punches. By throwing 2,172 punches they also surpassed the previous total of 1,730 according to Compubox stats. Brooklyn native Kownacki won each round convincingly, as he landed over 46% of his power punches. Because of Arreola’s competitive spirit, many boxing remained intrigued by the fight, as he responded to with some quality shots of his own. However, landing only 28% of his Power Punches Arreola did do enough to slow down or back up Kownacki.
In his post-fight press conference, Arreola showed Kownacki some respect by saying, “Adam is relentless, He just keeps coming. I know I got him with some good punches and he got me with some good ones. I was more than ready to go all 12, but Adam came in and won the fight.”
Once he was named the winner by Unanimous Decision Adam Kownacki had this to say in the post-fight, “Chris is an Aztec warrior, He’s a great fighter. I knew it would be a tough fight and I prepared for it. The CompuBox numbers prove it was a great fight.” About his future Kownacki said, “I just have to keep training hard, getting better and sharpening my skills,” said Kownacki. “We’ll see what the future holds. Hopefully next year I’ll get the title shot.”
There’s no question that Kownacki is a tough boxer, the only question I may have is about his punching power? He clearly is relentless and brings the fight to any opponent. Let’s see how he fair against a harder hitter than Arreola. Such as Joshua, Fury, Ruiz or Wilder. What are your thoughts on Kownacki and his ranking in the Heavyweight division? Share your feedback by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or by following me on Twitter at “whatgoodnsport” for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans” Podcast which is available for you on Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TunedIn, and iHeart Radio. We certainly appreciate you for making our voice your choice!