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Kownacki-Washington Set For 1/26 FOX Show From Barclays

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.

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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.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by PotentialToast on 11-14-2018

[QUOTE=PotentialToast;19272163]If you want to make cash in the heavyweight division, you have to fight Whyte or AJ in UK. Wilder is big cash fight but he isn't going to get past Fury and AJ. Miller will tick over until AJs…

Comment by PotentialToast on 11-14-2018

If you want to make cash in the heavyweight division, you have to fight Whyte or AJ in UK. Wilder is big cash fight but he isn't going to get past Fury and AJ. Miller will tick over until AJs…

Comment by joe strong on 11-13-2018

Washington has peaked & will be more of a gatekeeper now. I expect Kownacki to lose a few early rounds but eventually his pressure will be too much for Washington. Washington will try to stay out of range with his…

Comment by Mammoth on 11-13-2018

[QUOTE=pillowfists98;19269077]This fight will look a lot like Washington vs Big Baby Miller.[/QUOTE] Yep............

Comment by Vmitchell1134 on 11-13-2018

[QUOTE=pillowfists98;19269077]This fight will look a lot like Washington vs Big Baby Miller.[/QUOTE] That was such a mismatch. Washington didn't have a clue how to handle Big Baby's size.

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