Heavyweight contender, Adam Kownacki, is set to square off with Iago Kiladze over ten rounds on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr. vs Lamont Peterson at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
In his last outing, Kownacki was able to stop former world title contender Artur Szpilka in emphatic fashion and feels his upcoming bout will bring him even closer to his goal of securing a world title.
“This fight is going to be another step toward becoming a champion. I know I’m going to have to work very hard and prove that I’m continuing to build on my win against Szpilka.” Kownacki said. “From the video I’ve seen on Iago Kiladze, he moves a lot, so I’ll be needing to cut off the ring. Whatever he brings to the ring, I’ll have an answer for”.
“Three years in a row now I’ve been fighting in January. I love starting off the year strong. My wife and I actually started a tradition of the ‘Kownacki Family Run’ at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Since I’m always preparing for a fight around New Year’s, we figured we might as well have fun while we work. So, we’ll have some friends come out and run a few miles with us around the neighbourhood during the fireworks. It’s fun and helps get me ready.
“Ultimately, I’m looking to become the best in the heavyweight division. The end goal for this year is to become a world champion. But the very first step is taking Iago Kiladze very seriously. I can’t look past January 20 right now. I have a tough opponent who will challenge and make me a better fighter in the long run.”