Kownacki: Defeats To Helenius Was a Life Lesson, I’m Coming Back Stronger

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Polish star and Brooklyn’s all-action heavyweight Adam Kownacki will look to bounce back on Saturday, July 30 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Kownacki will return to fight at Barclays Center for the 11th time in his career, as he takes on Turkish Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen in the co-main event of a Showtime televised card.

The card is headlined by two-division champion Danny “Swift” Garcia making his 154-pound debut against Jose Benavidez Jr.

Kownacki is coming off back-to-back stoppage defeats at the hands of Robert Helenius. He suffered a fractured orbital bone in the rematch loss, which took place last October.

He realizes that a loss against Demirezen could spell the end of his career.

“It’s amazing to be back at Barclays Center. I can’t wait to be back in there. I’m ready to get back in line for a championship fight. I just have had to work on my footwork and keeping my hands up. I have to be smart. One shot can change everything. It was some bad luck getting caught in each fight [with Helenius]. I tried to make the best out of it and leave everything in the ring. It was a life lesson,” Kownacki said.

“I’m coming back stronger. I’ve been sparring with no issues to the broken orbital bone. I’m feeling great and I can’t wait to return. I want to be active again. I’m focused on this win, and then we can talk about getting back in the ring early next year. It’s tunnel-vision on July 30.

“I really appreciate the fans who have been there to support me. Barclays Center is going to be red and white. I’m excited to feel that atmosphere. Those fans keep me motivated mentally. Right now I’m just focused on Demirezen. That’s the man in front of me. I have to tear down that wall that’s in front of me. That’s all I’m focused on. I’m facing a strong Olympian who’s got good size, so I’m expecting a great fight. It’s going to be a good test for me, but I’m looking to ace it and move on to better things. Right now, Demirezen has all of my attention.”

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