The promising young heavyweight Adam Kownacki has returned to college. He is attending school at Laguardia Communiyt College in Queens, NY to help diversify his business portfolio. He has enrolled in fall classes at Laguardia Community to take business courses to help diversify and solidify his business knowledge. After injuring his hand playing basketball early last month, Kownacki has found a new focus outside the sport of boxing, that will in turn diversify him within sport. After speaking with Kownacki, he stated " I am glad to be doing something positive to further my career. The down time of the injury and just sitting around was something that I just couldn't get use to". Slated to make his return to the ring in 2011, Kownacki is heart set on being prepared on all levels of life. Boxing, business....what's next for the promising young heavyweight from Poland? Well as we all know, time is the true measure of success.
Adam Kownacki, fresh off of a 4th round KO of Yohan Banks, is scheduled to face 6 2’ 230lb Damon Clement of Ohio. Kownacki and Clement are scheduled to collide on Friday, July 16th at 7pm at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ.
With both fighters looking to further their winning records, this heavyweight bout is sure to electrify and entertain the capacity crowd of Newark’s Prudential Center. Kownacki, a promising 3-0 (3 KO’s) is the hometown favorite and is heavily supported by the hometown fans of the Polish community. With convincing wins in his last two bouts, Kownacki seems to be traveling on an upward slope towards his journey of becoming a world champion. Al Certo once stated, “This kid has the punching power to be a world champion” and in attending his last two fights, that power appeared to be evident.
Fighting on the undercard of the Zab Judah vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz fight, Kownacki will have a perfect opportunity to display his talents to the boxing world and to the fans of the sport of boxing. In strict preparation for his upcoming bout, Kownacki has worked exclusively with his long time trainer and the Global Boxing fitness team to prepare him for his July 16th standoff. If things go according to preparation, this should be another victory for the young Kownacki as he continues his quest to become world champion.
On May, 22nd at around 9:00pm, the long awaited Heavyweight bout between Adam Kownacki and Yohan Banks took place. The city of Tunica, MS had an opportunity to witness something special in the young Kownacki. Kownacki from Greenpoint NY, by way of Lamza Poland treated the fight fans of Mississippi to something they will never forget. The bell rang and out came the two heavyweight prize fighters that seemed to collide like bulls. The young Kownacki began the fight by landing several body shots and cleverly using his jab to maintain separation between him and Banks. In the second round of the fight, Kownacki landed a barrage of bunches that seemed to stun Banks and resulted in the first standing eight count of the fight. Banks shook off the first assault and proved to be a game fighter by trying to overpower the young Kownacki. Banks used his girth and experience to try to control the fight by cutting off the ring and smothering Kownacki’s punches.
After suffering a head butt from Banks toward the end of the second round, Kownacki came out in the third and fourth with a fighter’s vengeance. He used his jab to counter Banks’ assault and counter punched every effort made by the towering giant. In the fourth round with 1 minute and 11 seconds on the ticker, Kownacki KO’d Banks with a flurry of punches and a devastating right hand across the chin. As Banks struggled to get off of the canvas, the referee stepped in to stop the fight, securing the third victory by KO for Kownacki. In his pursuit of becoming a world champion, Kownacki is off to a great start.
When we think of world champions in the sport of boxing, several names come to mind. When you think of the Catskills, you think of greats like Floyd Patterson, Jose Torres, Wilfred Benitez, Edwin Rosario, Vinny Pazienza and of course Mike Tyson. Recently, In preparation for his upcoming bout with Yohan Banks, Adam Kownacki has traveled to the Catskills Mountains to the Cus D’amato’s Boxing Gym to train amongst the side of the great legendary trainer Kevin Rooney.
While training in the Catskills Kownacki was able to familiarize himself with the way of champions and gain meaningful insight on a more effective approach for his May 22nd bout with Banks. While in the Catskills Kownacki has sparred with upcoming cruiserweight and heavyweight talents to get a realistic feel of what’s to come on the 22nd. After seeing the young Kownacki, Rooney stated “that this kid has the tools to be something special and a legitimate punch to make him a champion!” Rooney has known champions in the past and has a valid opinion when it comes to making predictions.
It’s been quite some time since we’ve had an up and coming heavyweight champion in America. We have seen the likes of past heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and George Foreman but they have all seemed to fade with the ticks of time. Absent are the days of the 15 second super fights of two heavyweights jabbing and hooking until one timbers like a forest tree falls. But now, we have gained new optimism. That optimism stands about 6 foot 3’ inches tall and weighs a promising 230lbs. That optimism that I so highly speak of is named Adam Kownacki. Kownacki is a native of Lomza Poland and moved to Greenpoint in Brooklyn, NY by the tender age of 7.
After moving to NY he attended Lincoln High School in Coney Island, where he began to encounter the adversity that comes with facing an unfamiliar and challenging environment. Having a love for fighting and using it as a conduit to release his frustrations, Adam began boxing part time after school. Pattering his work ethic after famous boxers Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Polish heavyweight star Tomasz Adamek, Adam began his career in amateur boxing. After training for several months, Adam competed in and gained his first TKO in the second round of his second bout. At the young age of 16, the experience of his first knockout was so exhilarating it overwhelmed him. It was so overwhelming, that Adam started to dance. “ I was so happy after winning my second fight by TKO, that I couldn’t control myself and began dancing! I trained so hard and wanted to do my best in front of all of my friends and family. I knew that most people doubted me and thought I would never become a good boxer.”