The adjustment Adam Kownacki plans to make for his rematch with Robert Helenius is sensible: Use a bit warning.
The heavyweight contender fought as if he didn’t know the which means of that final phrase once they met in March of final yr and he paid a steep worth, as he was stopped within the fourth spherical by the veteran Finn.
They meet once more on the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder pay-per-view card on Oct. 9 in Las Vegas.
“I thought I had him,” Kownacki instructed Boxing Junkie, referring to the sooner struggle with Helenius. “The first two rounds went very effectively. I simply bought reckless and bought caught coming in. It’s the heavyweight division.
“I learned the hard way. You have to be careful.”
Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs) stated the lead as much as the loss wasn’t very best for his preparation. His first little one was born shortly earlier than the occasion, which introduced new challenges. That included some sleepless nights.
And it was his second essential occasion at his hometown area, Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Promotional obligations wore him down to some extent.
Still, he acknowledges that it was a counter proper from Helenius that put him down about 20 seconds into Round 4 – which referee David Fields dominated a slip – that initiated his down fall. He went down as soon as extra after which endured a barrage of photographs, which prompted Fields to cease the struggle.
“I remember sitting in the corner on the stool thinking, ‘F—. I can’t believe that just happened.’ It’s tough, with all the fans there at Barclays. I was so close to the title [shot] and I lost,” Kownacki stated.
The following days and weeks weren’t straightforward, as he tried to deal with being an undefeated contender sooner or later to a knockout sufferer with an unsure future the subsequent.
And the coronavirus pandemic took maintain shortly after the struggle, which despatched everybody into isolation. Kownacki felt as if he was on an island, left to deal with his destiny largely on his personal. He was the forgotten man.
Thank goodness he had these closest to him.
“Everyone went into lockdown,” he stated. “Everyone was worried about their lives and their futures. No one cared how Adam was doing. It was my wife and son who kept me focused. I learned just how far love can go. It heals a lot of things.”
And, in fact, his crew didn’t desert him. They set to work placing collectively a rematch. And whereas there have been a couple of stops and begins – together with an extended delay after Fury contracted COVID-19 – he’ll get a second shot at Helenius on Oct. 9.
He and coach Keith Trimble haven’t made vital adjustments in coaching camp apart from to chop again from three days of sparring to 2 and add a mantra: No recklessness.
Fans shouldn’t anticipate a heavyweight model of Vasiliy Lomachenko when the opening bell rings however they need to see a extra accountable model of a fighter whose intuition has been to brawl.
“I’ll take it slow,” he stated. “I was head first all the time, trying to get a knockout. In the past, that worked for me well. But as the competition gets better, I need to pick my shots more carefully.”
And if he can flip the tables on Helenius?
“I want to show what happened that night was an accident,” he stated. “I wish to get the win but in addition look incredible doing it. Then my inventory will go proper again up. If I look so-so, it could possibly be robust.
“I gotta look good, especially on such a big card. I want to make a statement.”