Adam Kownacki vs Dominic Breazeale? Risky business, intriguing affair
Rumors abound that top heavyweights Adam Kownacki (20-0, 15 KO) and Dominic Breazeale (20-2, 28 KO) will face off March 7.
Although Kownacki vs Breazeale has yet to be confirmed, a deal is apparently close. And should it happen, Adam and Dominic will deserve praise because it'll be a dangerous bout for both guys.
Kownacki is coming off of a fine performance in August, defeating Chris Arreola via a unanimous decision. Per CompuBox statistics, Kownacki landed 369 of 1,047 punches (35 percent) and Arreola landed 298 of 1,125 (27 percent). Hence, they combined to land 667 punches and combined to throw 2,172 and both set CompuBox heavyweight records.
That bout, an entertaining encounter which was televised on FOX, reached a peak audience of 1,769,000.
Standing 6'7" with a 81 1/2 inch reach, Breazeale is a fresh 34 and boasts considerable amateur experience. In fact, he was the number one rated American super heavyweight eight years ago and represented the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics.
Heavyweight Division Rankings
BoxRec No. 15
BoxRec No. 11 | RING No. 10 | WBO No. 3 | IBF No. 3 | WBC No. 8 | WBA No. 3
Most significant fights
Won UD 12 Chris Arreola
Aug 3, 2019
Won TKO 2 Gerald Washington
Jan 26, 2019
Won UD 10 Charles Martin
Sep 8, 2018
Won KO Iago Kiladze
Jan 20, 2018
* Kiladze was 26-1
Won TKO Artur Szpilka
July 15, 2017
Lost KO 1 Deontay Wilder
May 18, 2019
Won TKO 8 Eric Molina
Nov 4, 2017
Won KO 5 Izuagbe Ugonoh
Feb 25, 2017
* Ugonoh was 17-0
Lost TKO 7 Anthony Joshua
Jun 25, 2016
Shockingly, Breazeale is nowhere top be found in the top 15 for any of the sanctioning bodies despite his pro accomplishments. That stated, he'd be a big favorite against many, if not most, ranked heavyweights including Junior Fa, Tom Schwarz, Densey McKean, Kyotaro Fujimoto, Gerald Washington, Otto Wallin, Robert Helenius, Mladen Miljas and Christopher Lovejoy.
Why take this fight?
Team Kownacki likely believes their man can wear down and outwork Breazeale en route to a late stoppage or solid points verdict. Moreover, they aren't convinced Dominic, despite his 82 percent KO ratio, can stop the steel-chinned Kownacki inside the distance.
A win over Breazeale would put Kownacki in good company as he'd be one of only three men to defeat Dominic. (Joshua and Wilder).
If you're Dominic Breazeale, you want nothing more than to redeem yourself of the 1st Round KO loss to Wilder. And a win over the highly-ranked Pole would certainly inject some sizzle in Breazeale's career.
Moreover, Breazeale's team was likely licking its chops when they saw all of the punches that connected for Chris against Kownacki.
Kownacki absorbed a lot of good shots from a presumably shopwarn Arreola in August.
He likes to stand in the pocket and trade shots and hits hard enough to KO a lot of good boxers. However, he's still a bit unpolished defensively.
Will the surging Kownacki be biting off more than he can chew should he face Breazeale in March?
It's a superb style match-up, and a win for Kownacki would likely make him the top heavyweight contender for at least one of the sanctioning bodies.