Adam Kownacki shocks Szpilka: Who is this guy?Written by Lee Cleveland
Last night, former top flight contender Artur Szpilka (20-3, 15 KOs) was knocked out by rising star Adam Kownacki (16-0, 13 KOs) in the fourth-round of their heavyweight showdown.
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"It took Deontay Wilder and Bryant Jennings a lot longer to get him out of there," said Kownacki via BoxingScene.com. "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."
"He hit me once with a good shot and after that I just never recovered," said Szpilka. "I think it was a left hook. I'm going to rest now. This was not how I wanted this to go and I'm very disappointed."
So, who is Adam Kownacki?
Dubbed 'Baby Face,' the 6'3" heavyweight hails from Poland and turned pro in 2009.
An orthodox fighter, Kownacki hadn't faced any name opponents prior to defeating Szpilka last night.
Can Adam Kownacki make waves in the heavyweight division?
Although he's from Poland, BoxRec has Adam rated the No. 3 heavyweight in the US, in front of Dominic Breazeale, Jarrell Miller and Amir Mansour.
Overall, he's rated an impressive No. 11 by the same site.
Adam Kownacki facts and stats
Record: 16-0, 13 KO
KO Pct: 81
Born: 1989-03-27 (Age:28)
Birthplace: Lomza, Poland
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Kownacki vs Szpilka highlights
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