Kownacki TKOs Szpilka

By Robert Ecksel on July 15, 2017
Kownacki TKOs Szpilka
“It took Wilder and Bryant Jennings a lot longer to get him out of there.” (Ed Diller/DBE)

“The Bronze Bomber” delivered a memorable KO from which Szpilka appears to have not fully recovered…

Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York,  Adam Kownacki (16-0, 13 KOs), the heavyweight contender from Brooklyn by way of Lomza, Poland, TKO’d former title challenger Artur Szpilka (20-3, 15 KOs), the southpaw from Wieliczka, Poland, at 1:37 of the fourth round.

It was Szpilka’s first fight since being knocked out by Deontay Wilder on January 12, 2016. “The Bronze Bomber” delivered a memorable KO that night from which Szpilka appears to have not fully recovered.

Szpilka used his speed and athleticism to good effect in the opening rounds against the plodding Kownacki. But the Brooklyn transplant was willing to let his hands go, “punches in bunches” he called it, and a relentless barrage with Szpilka on the ropes proved to be his undoing.

With his left eye swelling after two rounds of action, Kownacki rocked Szpilka late in round three, which turned the tide of the fight.

Kownacki drew first blood in the fourth from Szpilka’s nose. “Arthur the Pin” tried to stay out of harm’s way, but harm was seeking him out. Kownacki cornered his opponent and landed a barrage of punches that dropped Szpilka to the canvas. He made it to his feet, but not for long. A big right put Szpilka down a second time. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. had no choice but to wave it off.

“I always knew that I had him,” said Kownacki after the fight. “From the first shot I hit him in the body, I knew he didn’t have enough. My pressure was too much.”

Kownacki may not be the Second Coming of Joe Louis. He may not even be the Second Coming of Tony Tubbs. He won’t win a bodybuilding contest, but he’ll win fights against second tier heavyweights like Szpilka.

“I have a great trainer and a great team that has gotten me into great shape,” Kownacki said. “I have to give them all of the credit. Whatever he was doing, I was ready for.”

So where exactly does Kownacki go from here?

“It took Deontay Wilder and Bryant Jennings a lot longer to get him out of there,” he said. “But I still have things that I’m going to go back and fix. Once I improve those aspects of my game I think that a lot of people are going to know me.”

Getting to know Kownacki would be a pleasure; fighting him, maybe not.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:24am, 07/16/2017

    Good for Kownacki….at least he throws straight punches and gets his weight into them!

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