Adam Kownacki (20-0, 16 KOs) wasn’t wrong when he said his fight against Chris Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs), on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, would be something like a heavyweight version of the all-action Gatti-Ward trilogy.
Going blow for blow, Kownacki and Arreola combined to break CompuBox records for most combined punches thrown (2,172) and punches landed (667) in a heavyweight fight.
Fighting through an injured left hand after round 5, Arreola showed every one he still has it. “Chris is an Aztec warrior. Mexico is a great nation and they are great fighters. I knew it was going to be a tough 12 rounds, that’s what we prepared for and we proved it with the CompuBox numbers.”, Kownacki said.
Arreola, a 38-year-old native of California, who has unsuccessfully challenged for a world title on three occasions in his 16-year career spoke on his pre-fight guarantee of retiring if he didn’t win this fight.
“This is really something that I have to talk to my family, [adviser] Al [Haymon] and [trainer] Joe [Goossen] about because I honestly feel like it’s about time,” Arreola said. “I gave it my all this fight and really let it all hang out even after breaking my hand and I kept fighting because I believed I could win. After this, I need some time off to figure this out because I don’t know if I can go through this again.”
Kownacki, 30, outright said after the fight that he doesn’t believe Arreola should walk away. In his first fight with the veteran Goossen by his side, Arreola was in shape, motivated and came on strong in the final rounds despite the fact that his jab was rendered useless by his injured left hand. “Age is just a number. He is 38 and proved he can still hang. I hope he won’t retire because with a fight like that, I’m sure the fans would like to see him again.”, Kownacki said.
NIGHT FULL OF UPSETS
This weekend was full of boxing upsets as Sosa, Stevens and Browne not walking out of Barclays Center with the victory.
SOSA v. JONES
Starting the upsets streak of the night at Barclays, Brian Jones stopped the popular Julian Sosa at 2:28 of Round 5.
Jones (14-10, 8 knockouts) dropped Sosa in the fourth round with a three-punch combination, bloodying Sosa’s nose. Sosa, from Sunset Park, Brooklyn, beat the count as he was struggling to get control of his legs.
Noticeably absent from Sosa’s corner was his father and trainer, Aureliano. Instead, he had undefeated Chris Colbert instructing him. Hit with a body shot in the fifth, Sosa (13-1-1, 5KOs) kneeled over and touched the canvas with his glove, which resulted in another knockdown.
On the ropes, and with Jones landing some unresponded shots, referee Earl Brown stepped in and stopped the bout, leading to the first defeat in the 23-year old’s pro career. Some argue that the ref stepped in too early.
This fight will clearly change things for Sosa but as he expressed on his Instagram account, @sunsetsown, “This is just a situation I have to live with and most importantly LEARN from. I do not want [anyone] to worry. My head is held high and I am just happy that I came out of the ring healthy. I have a new path set ahead of me and I promise I am going to maneuver and find a way to get back.”
STEVENS v. OMOTOSO
Wale Omotoso knocked down Brooklyn-bred Curtis Stevens three times, stopping him in the third round.
Omotoso (28-4, 22 KOs, 1 NC) seemed to have too much power for the former light heavyweight who was fighting at the 154-pound limit for the first time.
Stevens (30-7, 22 KOs) managed to start off the third round, dominating Omotoso as his vicious punches moved him into the ropes and even caught Omotoso with a left hook that left him a bit unstable.
Stevens followed Omotoso to the other side of the ring, but Omotoso had recovered. He landed a straight right hand that floored Stevens for the third time in the bout.
Stevens stood up before the count, but referee Johnny Callas decided it was time to stop the fight.
BROWNE v. PASCAL
In a completely unexpected turn of events, Jean Pascal won the fight against Marcus Browne despite it being Browne who was winning the majority of the bout.
Pascal (34-6, 1, 20KO) only landed about half the punches that Browne (23-1, 16KO) did but thanks to a trio of knockdowns, one in the fourth and two in the seventh, he managed to have the scorecards go his way when a brutal clash of heads caused an early end to the fight.
Browne, 28, clearly won five of the first seven rounds, but lost three points because of the knockdowns, making things go even into the 8th.
A rematch is definitely expected and once Browne’s cut is healed, it’s the fight that makes most sense for Browne and Pascal.