Helenius outpunches Kownacki to win heavyweight world title
Finland's Robert "The Nordic Nightmare" Helenius celebrates his victory against Poland's Adam "Babyface" Kownacki (off frame) by technical Knockout for low blows at round 6 during a 12-round featured rematch at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.–AFP
It was a case of a repeat on Saturday night in Las Vegas on the Fury-Wilder card, as Robert Helenius gave Adam Kownacki a real hammering to win the heavyweight world title of boxing. The 37-year-old, who upset an unbeaten Kownacki by stoppage win back in March of 2020, proved again he is all wrong for 32-year-old Kownacki. The end came in round six via DQ as Kownacki was thrown out for repeated low blows.
It was a disaster for Kownacki right from the start as Helenius tagged the Polish slugger with big right hands to the head. Already, Kownacki was having to show real heart and courage. His left eye swelling badly, Kownacki made it through the round but already it was a hellish fight for him courtesy of the man from Finland.
Kownacki, never short on guts and courage, came back in round two but other than that it was all Helenius. By the third and fourth rounds it was getting tough to watch, as Helenius was cracking Kownacki with everything – long jabs, right hands, uppercuts, body shots. And Kownacki’s left eye was in a real state.
Kownacki belted Helenius low near the end of the third, desperation perhaps getting the better of the younger man. Kownacki tried to get an assault going in the fourth, yet Helenius would not be denied. By the fifth, thoughts of how Kownacki should be pulled out began in earnest.
The heavy hitters marathon continues 🥊— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) October 10, 2021
The referee DQs Adam Kownacki after multiple low blows and "The Nordic Nightmare" @helenius_robert takes the big-stage victory. #FuryWilder3 PPV ➡️ https://t.co/VljEbXTzmu pic.twitter.com/mlznwmuJ9j
Kownacki was docked a point for another low blow in the fifth round as things went from bad to worse for the one-time top contender. Helenius got back to dishing out a beating after the foul. The doctor looked at Kownacki after the fifth yet he was allowed out for more.