2,172 Punches! Kownacki and Arreola Set Three All-Time CompuBox Records at Barclays
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Brooklyn, NY (August 4th, 2019)– Three new boxing punch count records have been set. Call it fate. The old Ike Ibeabuchi versus David Tua combined all-time professional punch count record of 1,730 is no more. Heavyweights Adam ‘Baby Face’ Kownacki and Chris ‘Nightmare’ Arreola set the CompuBox and Guinness Book of World Records all-time combined punch count record of 2,172 in their 12 round heavyweight thriller at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night, August 3, 2019. Arreola’s 1,125 punches thrown is also the new all-time single fighter CompuBox record. The new punch count records came totally unexpectedly, and the bout appeared to be far closer than the scorecards which ultimately favored Kownacki, who landed more punches overall and effectively to win.
For the third record, Kownacki and Arreola also broke the old David Tua versus David Izon heavyweight and all-time professional record for punches landed in a single fight with 667 punches landed combined by both fighters, an insane number for any fight. Kownacki ultimately landed 369 of 1047 punches thrown (35.2%) to Arreola’s 298 of 1125 punches thrown (26.5%).
Poland native Kownacki, now fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, goes to 20-0 with 15 knockouts. Arreola, out of Riverside, California, falls to 38-6-1 with 33 knockouts and two no-contests. Kownacki landed 324 of 691 power shots, which Arreola landed 283 of 995 power shots. Imagine attempting 1000 power shots, and still coming up short. Arreola did the work, but Kownacki was simply the more accurate of the two in an action-packed atomic bomb style slugfest. In actuality, both heavyweights looked a bit too pudgy to mount a serious challenge to Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, but as pudgy Andy Ruiz Jr. proved, you never know. Kownacki probably gets a title shot now at age 30. Arreola probably will retire now at age 38, but not due to a lack of effort. Joe Goossen trained him for this bout.
If there was ever a crazier way to lose, Arreola lost statistically. Kownacki was simply the hungrier of the two hungry wolves. Both fighters traded bombs, and tortured each other with head shots. Arreola looked great in the eleventh round, and if he had an injured hand, one could not tell. Arreola’s 1125 punches thrown in this bout is another all-time record.
Other Barclays Center Results
Jean Pascal Win Technical Decision 8 Marcus Browne, Light Heavyweights (1:49)
Pascal wins interim World Boxing Association World Light Heavyweight title
Pascal wins World Boxing Council Silver Light Heavyweight title
Scoring: 75-74, 75-74, 75-74 Pascal At time of ringside physician topping the contest.
The partial eighth round was scored as per NYSAC rules.
Browne down in fourth round and twice in seventh round. Referee: Gary Rosato.
Browne suffered a cut over left eye from an accidental butt in round 8.
Ringside doctor stops contest, and send the bout to the scorecards.
First loss in career for 23-1 Browne, of Carteret, New Jersey.
Pascal held the WBC and WBO World Light Heavyweight titles from 2009-2011, before losing his titles to Bernard Hopkins. He previously failed three times to regain a share of the world light heavyweight title, twice Against Sergey Kovalev, and once against Dmitry Bivol. Pascal, age 36, Laval, Quebec, Canada, is now 34-6-1 with 20 knockouts.
Wale Omotoso TKO 3 Curtis Stevens, Super Welterweights (1:26)
Stevens was knocked down in round one and two, and was knocked down in round three.
Referee Johnny Callas waved the bout off with Stevens getting up, but clearly badly hurt.
Stevens, for some reason, dropped from middleweight to super welterweight for this bout. However, his ‘eye of the tiger’ has never been the same since David Lemieux knocked him out. Much like Ray Leonard in his loss to the late Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho, Stevens, 30-7 with 22 knockouts, Brownsville, New York, could not beat veteran Omotoso, 28-4 with 22 knockouts, Lagos, Nigeria. A careful analysis of Omotoso’s record reveals he was robbed of four decisions in 10 rounders to opponents with a combined record of 71-0 when he fought them: Jessie Vargas, Sammy Vasquez, Jamal James and Chordale Booker. The only way a legitimate fighter from Nigeria can beat the promoter’s fighter these days in the United States, Canada or Europe is to knock them out. Omotoso evidently got the message.
Brian Howard KO 1 Carlos Negron, Heavyweights (1:06)
15-3 Georgia cruiserweight Howard, age 39, had no respect for 20-2 Puerto Rican heavyweight Negron, who never saw the end coming. Negron never recovered, apparently, from his ninth round knockout loss to Dominic Breazeale last December. Columbian veteran Epifanio Mendoza exposed Negron by stopping him in three rounds in 2011.
Cobia Breedy Win 10 Ryan Lee Allen, Featherweights
Brian Jones TKO 5 Julian Sosa, Welterweights (2:28)
25-10 Los Angeles veteran fighter Brian ‘Sweet’ Jones, a loser of seven of his last nine, exposed the popular local 13-0-1 Brooklyn Mexican fighter Sosa in a minor upset.
Helen Joseph Win 6 Edina Kiss, Female Featherweights (Two Minute Rounds)
Nigeria’s three-time world title challenger Joseph is worthy of another title shot.
Kestna Davis Win 4 Jaime Mesa, Super Welterweights
Kingston, Jamaica southpaw super welterweight prospect Davis is now 4-0.
Marsellos Wilder Win 4 Nicoy Clarke, Cruiserweights
5-1 Marsellos is 30-year-old brother of WBC World Heavyweight champion Deontay.
UNBEATEN ADAM KOWNACKI DEFEATS CHRIS ARREOLA BY UNANIMOUS DECISION IN RECORD SETTING ACTION FIGHT THAT HEADLINED FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT SATURDAY NIGHT FROM BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN
Former Champion Jean Pascal Edges Marcus Browne By Technical Decision After Accidental Headbutt Ends Fight in Round Eight
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BROOKLYN (August 4, 2019) – Unbeaten Polish star and Brooklyn native Adam Kownacki (20-0, 15 KOs) earned a unanimous decision over Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) in an all-action brawl in front of his hometown fans that headlined FOX PBC Fight Night main event and on FOX Deportes Saturday night from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
Kownacki and Arreola set the CompuBox heavyweight record for combined punches landed and thrown in a heavyweight fight. They landed a combined 667 punches, besting the previous record of 650, while throwing 2,172 punches, far surpassing the previous mark of 1,730.
“Chris is an Aztec warrior,” said Kownacki. “He’s a great fighter. I knew it would be a tough fight and I prepared for it. The CompuBox numbers prove it was a great fight.”
“Adam is relentless,” said Arreola. “He just keeps coming. I know I got him with some good punches and he got me with some good ones. I was more than ready to go all 12, but Adam came in and won the fight.”
The action began right from the first bell, as Kownacki charged at Arreola and immediately began exchanging as both men threw power punches in bunches. Kownacki worked off of his jab to initiate his offense, while Arreola was effectively able to counter his hard-charging opponent and respond every time he was hit with a combination.
“I thought it was a good close fight but I knew I pulled it out,” said Kownacki. “I landed a lot of shots and that was enough to win. That’s all that matters.”
Kownacki stunned Arreola in the early moments of round two but Arreola quickly responded to slow Kownacki’s momentum. Arreola found more and more success with his overhand right as the fight went, landing the punch numerous times in the fourth and fifth round especially.
Round six was a back and forth affair that featured a big offensive surge from Kownacki early in the round, before an exciting exchange at the end of the round saw both men take heavy punches.
“I tried to follow up when I had him hurt but I was throwing two punches instead of three or four,” said Kownacki. “Props to Arreola because he proved he could still hang. I’m sure the fans would want to see him again.”
The middle rounds saw Arreola pick up a hand injury, but it didn’t appear to slow him down much as his punch output continued to be strong for the second half of the fight. For Kownacki, it was his first time going past 10 rounds as a pro.
After the punches continued to fly through the last bell, the two heavyweights embraced in the ring prior to hearing the judges’ scores. After 12 rounds, all three judges saw the fight in favor of Kownacki, by scores of 117-11 twice and 118-110.
“Retirement is something I need to talk to my family and team about,” said Arreola. “I gave it my all this fight. I let it all hang out. After breaking my hand, I kept fighting because I believed I could win.”
“I just have to keep training hard, getting better and sharpening my skills,” said Kownacki. “We’ll see what the future holds. Hopefully next year I’ll get the title shot.”
The co-main event saw former world champion Jean Pascal (34-6-1, 20 KOs) earn a narrow technical decision over previously unbeaten Marcus Browne (23-1, 16 KOs) to capture the WBA interim light heavyweight title after an accidental headbutt ended the fight in round eight.
“Boxing is boxing,” said Pascal. “We clashed heads, but at the end of the day, I was winning the round. I dropped him three times. It was a close fight, but I believe I was winning.”
Browne appeared to be in control early, using his jab effectively and finishing his combos with power punches. Throughout the fight, Browne would land 52% of his power punches according to CompuBox.
In round four, Pascal broke through landing a perfect right hand that connected with Browne as he threw his own right hook. Browne hit the canvas for the third time in his career, but was able to make it through the round.
Watch Pascal score the knockdown HERE
Browne looked to have regained control of the fight until late in round seven when Pascal again connected on a powerful right hook that caught Browne during an exchange. Pascal jumped on Browne after he got to his feet and knocked him down a third time right before the bell ended round seven.
Montreal’s Pascal was looking to finish Browne in round eight, while Browne looked to effectively navigate the ring while recovering from the previous round. It was midway through the round that Pascal hit Browne with an accidental headbutt on the ropes that opened a cut over Browne’s left eye.
Watch the headbutt HERE
Referee Gary Rosato halted the bout 1:49 into the round, on the advice of the ringside physician, meaning the fight went to the scorecards. By winning the shortened eighth round on all three judges’ cards, Pascal won the fight by the score of 75-74 three times.
“I could hear my daughter ringside and that was motivation for me,” said Pascal. “She was yelling my name all night long. I’m going to go home and talk to my team to see what is next. Canada has Drake, the NBA Champions and now I’m bringing the belt home.”
Browne was unavailable for post fight comments as he was taken to NYU Lutheran Medical Center due to the cut.
The opening bout on FOX saw Wale Omotoso (28-4, 22 KOs) drop Curtis Stevens (30-7, 22 KOs) three times on his way to a third round stoppage victory in their super welterweight clash.
For Stevens it was his first fight at 154-pounds, and he was tested at the new weight from the outset. Omotoso began moving and jabbing around the ring as Stevens stalked him and tried to throw power punches to slow his movement. Late in the first round, Omotoso broke through with a right hand to the side of Stevens’ head that dropped him in the middle of the ring.
“My coach told me to keep my hands up, be patient, box him and jab,” said Omotoso. “He told me I shouldn’t push it and that when the opening was there, I’d take it. That’s exactly what happened.”
“He hit me with an overhand right in the first round that knocked my equilibrium,” said Stevens. “But that didn’t really affect me too much. I wasn’t stepping enough into my punches, I was reaching. I got caught when I was reaching.”
In round two Omotoso landed a perfect jab on Stevens, as his opponent was throwing a left hook, that sent him down for the second time in the fight. Stevens again made it through the round, and began the next frame trapping Omotoso in the corner and connecting on power punches.
“I was just letting my hands go,” said Omotoso. “On the second knockdown my confidence grew. I was glad to get the victory by knockout.”
While Stevens was able to own the early moments of the third round, Omotoso hit him with a three punch combo that featured left hook, left uppercut and then straight right hand that put Stevens down for the third time. Stevens got to his feet but referee Johnny Callas halted the bout at 1:28 of the third round.
“I was okay but the referee has to do his job,” said Stevens. “I was down three times so I know he was looking out for my best interests.”
“I didn’t expect it to go exactly like that,” said Omotoso. “I was just listening to my coach. The second knockdown was actually with my jab. I have to talk to my team about what’s next. I’m thankful for this opportunity. I’m so happy to have this win. Give me anybody next, I’m ready.”