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Kownacki vs Helenius odds and prediction: Will "Babyface" be Al Haymon's next Heavyweight champion?

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Saturday, March 7th, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, heavyweights will take center stage on mainstream television once again...for free this time.

FOX will be the platform for this very intriguing, WBA heavyweight title eliminator, featuring red hot prospect Adam Kownacki (20-0, 15 KOs) from Lomza, Poland, against fight veteran and former European champion Robert Helenius (29-3, 18 KOs) of Finland.

The scheduled twelve round contest will be the main event of a Heavyweight "Triple-header", also featuring undefeated prospects Frank Sanchez (14-0, 11 KO's) of Cuba and Efe Ajagba (12-0, 10 KO's) of Nigeria.

While Sanchez and Ajagba are still considered to be a "work in progress" for PBC, "The Babyface" from Brooklyn has a realistic shot at picking up a version of the WBA heavyweight championship later this year.

After losing their respective belts in their most recent performances, the future is uncertain for the two popular American former titleholders, Andy Ruiz Jr. and Deontay Wilder.

Adam Kownacki could be Al Haymon's next heavyweight champion.

The 30-year-old contender has an aggressive style with power in both hands. Although Kownacki currently competes as a heavyweight, the Polish native throws punches in combination like a Middleweight, often swarming his opponent with a very high volume of shots. His style is very difficult for any heavyweight fighter to deal with...especially if you're 6'6" like Robert Helenius.

Adam Kownacki vs. Robert Helenius - Odds and Prediction

Despite earning impressive victories over former champions Lamon Brewster, Sergei Liakhovich, and Samuel Peter to begin his career, the 36-year-old Finn has yet to capture a major world title in his 12 years as a professional. With losses to Gerald Washington, Dillian Whyte, and Johann Duhaupas, Helenius will enter the contest as a 12 to 1 (+1200) betting underdog.

Largely due to the style match-up, Adam Kownacki will be listed as a 25 to 1 (-2500) betting favorite when the opening bell sounds. Because the "Nordic Nightmare" depends on distance to get proper leverage on his shots, Kownacki will attempt to get inside and work in combination to the body and head.

Most critics and ringside observers view the style pairing as an "absolute nightmare" for Helenius and don't expect the tall and gangly Finn to make it past the fifth round.

Efe Ajagba vs. Razvan Cojanu - Odds and Prediction

In the opening bout of the evening, veteran trainer Ronnie Shields will reveal his talented Heavyweight from Africa, Efe Ajagba, for the first time on mainstream network television. While the 6'6" puncher has tremendous KO power in both fists, Ajagba is admittedly still learning on the job; which isn't necessarily a bad thing for great TV.

Though Coach Ronnie would probably disagree, the Nigerian's weaknesses make him an incredibly entertaining fighter and must-see TV.

Efe Ajagba will enter the ring as a 50 to 1 (-5000) betting favorite when he faces ring veteran Razvan Cojanu (17-6, 9 KO's); who will be listed as a 14 to 1 (+1400) betting underdog when the fight begins.

Look for the 25 year old prospect to score another impressive KO victory this evening, with some "hairy" moments scattered throughout this scheduled ten-round contest.

Frank Sanchez vs. Joey Dawejko - Odds and Prediction

In the second preliminary bout of the heavyweight tripleheader, Frank Sanchez will make his big network debut as he attempts to maintain his perfect record against upset-minded Joey Dawejko (20-7-4, 11 KO's). Although the Cuban exile will enjoy a six-inch height and an eight-inch reach advantage in this match-up, the durable Dawejko is no stranger to giving big men trouble in the ring.

Despite heading into this contest as a 6 to 1 (+600) betting underdog, many critics and media members are interested to see how the tough Philly based fighter fairs against the 11 to 1 (-1100) betting favorite from Guantanamo.

If Joey Dawejko's name sounds familiar, the 29-year-old puncher was rumored to have shaken and hurt current Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, in sparring during his training camp for Andy Ruiz Jr. in June of 2019. Although the classy Philly native never confirmed the rumors, he didn't deny them either.

Although Sanchez is expected to earn a decisive victory, expect to see Dawejko hang tough and give the Cuban prospect some much needed resistance in this entertaining scheduled ten-round affair.

Don't miss the action live from Brooklyn, New York at Barclays Center. Tune in to FOX at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT.

 
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