By Keith Idec & Lem Satterfield
Adam Kownacki will continue his pursuit of a heavyweight title shot against Gerald Washington on January 26 in Brooklyn.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that Kownacki-Washington will be part of a FOX broadcast that night at Barclays Center. Kownacki-Washington was first reported early Tuesday morning by ringpolska.pl.
The Kownacki-Washington bout will be officially announced Tuesday afternoon at a press conference in Los Angeles. During that expansive event, Premier Boxing Champions is expected to unveil at least its main events for FOX and FS1 broadcasts through March as part of the network’s new deal with Al Haymon’s organization.
Kownacki-Washington won’t be the main event January 26.
It’ll open a telecast that could feature the long-awaited return of Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC). The unbeaten WBA welterweight champion is expected to fight Josesito Lopez (36-7, 19 KOs) in what would be the injury-plagued Thurman’s first fight since he defeated Danny Garcia by split decision in their welterweight title unification fight in March 2017 at Barclays Center.
Kownacki (18-0, 14 KOs) will make his third straight appearance and eighth overall at Barclays Center. The Polish-born, Brooklyn-bred Kownacki is 7-0, including four knockouts, at his hometown venue, including an impressive win against Charles Martin (25-2-1, 23 KOs) in his last fight.
The 6-feet-3 Kownacki, 29, defeated the former IBF heavyweight champion by unanimous decision in a 10-round, all-action brawl September 8.
The 6-feet-6 Washington (19-2-1, 12 KOs) won his last fight following back-to-back technical-knockout losses to WBC champ Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) and contender Jarrell Miller (22-0-1, 19 KOs) in 2017.
In that 10-round bout, the 36-year-old Washington beat another 6-feet-6 boxer, John Nofire (20-2, 16 KOs), by unanimous decision June 10 in Lancaster, California. A U.S. Navy veteran and former USC football player who began boxing at the late age of 30, Washington was 18-0-1 (12 KOs) entering his loss to Wilder in February 2017.
Washington out-boxed Wilder early and was even on two of the three official scorecards after four rounds before “The Bronze Bomber” dropped him once in advance of that fifth-round stoppage in Birmingham, Alabama.
Kownacki’s run of four straight stoppages ended against Martin.
In July 2017, Kownacki scored a fourth-round KO of another Polish contender, Artur Szpilka, in Uniondale, New York. That fight also was broadcast by FOX from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.