Kownacki on WIlder: ‘I knocked out Artur Szpilka and Gerald Washington faster than he did’

Polish star and heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki(19-0, 15 KOs) is slowly moving up the heavyweight rankings. The Brooklyn-based boxer is a crowd favorite at Barclays Center, and on August 3, he will battle former title challenger Chris Arreola(38-5-1, 33 KOs) in Brooklyn.

Kownacki is coming off a stoppage victory over Gerald Washington back in January. The ultimate goal for Kownacki is shot at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and Arreola will be the third opponent(Washington, Artur Szpilka) that Kownacki and Wilder have in common. Both Kownacki and Wilder stopped Washington and Szpilka, but Kownacki stopped Washington and Szpilka faster than Wilder, and he hopes to do the same against Arreola.

“This is the third fighter I’ve had in common with Deontay Wilder,” Kownacki said on Tuesday at a press conference at Barclays Center. “I knocked out Artur Szpilka and Gerald Washington faster than he did, and I’m looking to do the same August 3.”

Kownacki and Arreola are two fighters that like to come forward, which, according to Kownacki, should make for a great night of boxing.

“Chris Arreola and I are going to put on the Fight of the Year,” Kownacki said. “We’re going to show that the big guys can really fight.

“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.”

If Kownacki keeps winning, he might have a chance to get his title shot against Wilder. Kownacki has a decent sized fanbase in Brooklyn, so if both fighters keep winning, we might see Wilder-Kownacki near the end of 2019 at Barclays Center.

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