"The Nordic Nightmare" torments Kownacki
In a huge upset, Robert Helenius, stopped previously undefeated Adam Kownacki in round four at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
The time was 1:08 into round four.
The much taller Helenius (30-3, 19 KOs) threw the first punches of the fight. Kownacki, a huge favorite entering the fight, went to the head and body. As always, he was the more active fighter. Helenius landed two right hands in round two.
Kownacki continued to go to the body and seconds later, ate a good combination. Helenius,36, connected with a short-left hook and right. He was finding Kownacki with solid shots. Kownacki battled back in the last few seconds of the round.
In rounds three and four, Helenius continued to box and punch. Kownacki (20-1, 15 KOs) dug more hooks to the belly. Helenius, nicknamed “The Nordic Nightmare” switched to southpaw and cracked Kownacki with a left. He had come to win.
Helenius stunned Kownacki with a big right hand in round four. Kownacki went down but the referee incorrectly ruled it a slip.
Seconds later, a combination sent Kownacki to the floor. The hometown fighter got up quickly but his wobbly legs revealed what kind of shape he was in. Helenius wasted little time, cracking Kownacki with numerous head shots until the referee waved off the contest.
“Kownacki is a tough cookie,” said Helenius. “Our hard work paid off. I got lucky with some hard punches.”
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