Heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs) pulled off a shocker in March of 2020, when at Barclays Center he knocked out Adam Kownacki in the fourth round.
It was the first career defeat for Kownacki, who was heavily favored to win and a few steps away from landing a world title shot.
The rematch will take place on July 24 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, as part of the pay-per-view undercard to the Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder trilogy clash.
Helenius is very confident that he's going to walk away with yet another impressive outcome.
“I’m looking forward to repeating my first performance against Kownacki on July 24,” said Helenius. “Boxing fans can expect another incredible fight with my hand raised in victory once again. All of Finland will be behind me when I show the world why I am most deserving of a world title fight. My only goal is to be world champion and unfortunately for Adam he stands in my way.”
Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs) can't afford another loss on his record. With key wins over Charles Martin, Gerald Washington and Chris Arreola, Kownacki is looking to get himself back in position for a looming world title opportunity.
“I’m very excited to be back in the ring,” said Kownacki.
“The pandemic made things hard for everyone, but things are getting back to normal. Being a part of an all-heavyweight pay-per-view like this feels great, and it’s a great thing for fans of our sport. This pay-per-view will be action-packed from top to bottom. I can’t wait to get my revenge against Robert Helenius. It’s been a long year waiting for the rematch, but I’ll be getting a victory on July 24. I feel like things will get back to normal and I will prove that I am one of the top heavyweights in the world.”