Boxing: Kownacki to face Helenius in WBA world title eliminator

Adam “Babyface” Kownacki will face Robert Helenius in a WBA world title eliminator on March 7 at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, the US TV broadcaster FOX announced.

The unbeaten Kownacki has fought as many as nine out of his total 20 professional fights at the Barclays Center, where he defeated, among others, Chris Arreola and Gerald Washington.

“A tenth fight at the Barclays Center is something amazing. I have won my previous nine, and it will happen again on March 7. Of course, Helenius will put up a fight and try to spring a surprise, but I will not allow him,” the Pole said.

The 36-year-old Helenius comes from Finland and is a former European Champion. He has won 29 face-offs and lost three times.

“Babyface” is a heavyweight no 3 in the WBA, IBF and WBO rankings, while Helenius is sixth. The winner of their clash will gain the status of challenger to the WBA world title, currently held by Anthony Joshua. However, the Poland-born boxer living in NYC stated that should he win the fight, he would like to face another rival.

“I am already working hard under my coaches: Keith Trimble and Chris Carlsen. After beating Helenius, I want the winner of the rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder,” Kownacki said.