You couldn’t encapsulate the harmony among the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) family any better than the moment when Deontay Wilder and Adam Kownacki sat shoulder to shoulder and cordially discussed in detail their thoughts on a future fight together.
The pair of top-rated heavyweights were in the house Saturday evening at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York performing vastly different roles. Wilder—the sport’s longest reigning active alphabet titlist—served as part of the PBC on Fox broadcast team for Kownacki’s hometown headliner, scoring a 12-round win over Chris Arreola in a non-stop thriller which destroyed Compubox records for punches thrown and landed in a heavyweight fight.
The win was ninth in this very building for Kownacki, who was born in Poland but raised and still resides in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn—but first as a headlining act. Wilder (41-0-1, 40KOs) has played the house four times before, all in title fights and producing a knockout ending every time out.
His most recent effort came in May, scoring a one-punch 1st round knockout of Dominic Breazeale to register the ninth successful defense of his heavyweight title. In store for the Alabama slammer are a pair of rematches with Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury, but it didn’t stop him from celebrating with Saturday’s winner and even embracing the unbeaten contender’s plea for a future head-on collision.
“I’ll be the first Polish heavyweight champion of the world,” gleefully vowed Kownacki (20-0, 15KOs) while sitting right next to Wilder at ringside with the rest of the Fox broadcast team. “I’m coming for you, man.”
The defending champ couldn’t help but laugh and appreciate the playful banter.
“I always say, speak it, believe it, receive it, baby,” Wilder told Kownacki.
Lead announcer Kenny Albert chimed in, asking if that was in fact what the Polish heavyweight truly desired for his next fight.
“That’s the plan,” insisted Kownacki, though realizing “next” is relative. “First, he has some business to take care of, I have some business to take care of too. Hopefully it works out and we can see each other.”
After having spent the night calling his fight and admittedly scouting his performance, Wilder was curious as to how Kownacki would go about attempting to dethrone him.
“The pressure, man,” insisted Kownacki, certainly providing no greater proof than his windmill performance on Saturday, where he and Arreola combined on six different heavyweight punch stat records. “There’s going to be a lot of punches. But you got that power when you hit somebody. So, I have to make sure I get your range good.”
Range would be key, as the 6’7” Wilder boasts a four-inch height and seven-inch reach advantage over the squat Kownacki. Keeping him at bay, though, is a riddle he’s not quite sure he’s yet solved in his mind.
“I know but when you’re a puncher that’s throwing so many… punches, consistently, continuously, from round to round to round, you know, that’s going to be hard to continue to keep at bay,” noted Wilder, who has reigned as a heavyweight titlist since Jan. 2015. “But it’s definitely a scouting report that I can bring back and when it’s time for it, I’d love to be able to (defend the title).”
“It’s going to be fun, man,” noted Kownacki.
Wilder couldn’t agree more.
“Man, it’s going to be amazing.”
So, too, is the level of appreciation already existent between future ring rivals.