By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Adam “Babyface” Kownacki (20-0, 15 KOs) won an entertaining twelve round brawl against former title challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
From the opening bell, both Kownacki and Arreola went at it trading bombs the whole fight. Arreola injured his left hand midway and fought mostly one-handed after that. Scores were 118-110, 117-111, 117-111.
“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.”
“Retirement is something I need to talk to my family and team about,” said the 38-year-old Arreola. “I gave it my all this fight. I let it all hang out. After breaking my hand, I kept fighting because I believed I could win.”
Junior middleweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (28-4, 22 KOs) scored a third round TKO over former middleweight title challenger Curtis “The Cerebral Assassin” Stevens (30-7, 22 KOs). Omotoso dropped Stevens in all three rounds. The bout was waved off at 1:28 of round three. It was Stevens’ first fight in the junior middleweight division.
Heavyweight Brian Howard (15-3, 12 KOs) needed just 66 seconds to destroy 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Negron (20-3, 16 KOs).
Welterweight Brian Jones (15-10, 9 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Julian Sosa (13-1-1, 5 KOs) in round five.