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Spzilka vs Kownacki HIGHLIGHTS: July 15, 2017 - PBC on FOX

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Published on Jul 15, 2017

In front of a large contingent of his hometown fans, Adam Kownacki put on an impressive performance against his best opposition to date—scoring a fourth-round TKO of former title challenger Artur Szpilka in their heavyweight showdown on PBC on FOX on July 15, 2017 from the newly-renovated NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York.

The show was the first major boxing event to take place at the Coliseum in 31 years.
 
"I always knew that I had him," said Kownacki, who improved to 16-0 with 13 KOs. "From the first shot I hit him in the body, I knew he didn't have enough. My pressure was too much."
 
The fight began with both men looking to impose their styles as Szpilka (20-3, 15 KOs) attempted to establish his jab and evade his opponent, while Kownacki tried to trap Szpilka in a corner where he could tee-off with power punches.
 
Despite his left eye swelling up after two rounds, Kownacki was able to take the first bit of momentum by connecting late in round three with a series of power shots that appeared to shake Szpilka up.
 
Kownacki wasted no time in the fourth, landing a big punch that caused blood to pour out of Szpilka’s nose. While the former title challenger tried to keep his distance, the heavier Kownacki was able to land a series of power punches that put Szpilka on the canvas.
  
While Szpilka was able to get to his feet, Kownacki continued to keep the pressure on as another series of power punches, led by a strong right hand, sent Szpilka into a heap and forced referee Artur Mercante to stop the bout 1:37 into the round.

"He hit me once with a good shot and after that I just never recovered," Szpilka said. "I think it was a left hook. I'm going to rest now. This was not how I wanted this to go and I'm very disappointed."

Kownacki—who landed 42 percent of his power punches in the decisive fourth round—said he was proud to win the battle of Polish pride, but stressed he can perform even better.
 
"It took Deontay Wilder and Bryant Jennings a lot longer to get him out of there," said Kownacki. "But I still have things that I'm going to go back and fix. Once I improve those aspects of my game I think that a lot of people are going to know me." 


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