Late in Spherical 3, Robert Helenius landed a proper hand and left jab that buckled Adam Kownacki’s knees. The salvo was simply the most recent in a string of combos Helenius had used to open a lead on the scorecards and lift lumps on his opponent’s face.
Kownacki, Polish-born and Brooklyn-raised, responded along with his hardest punches of the combat — a proper and a left, each beneath the belt.
The photographs didn’t depend, naturally. They purchased Kownacki a couple of minutes to regroup, and a stern warning from the referee, however they didn’t alter the rhythm of the combat. Kownacki, who was undefeated earlier than Helenius knocked him out of their first assembly, in March of 2020, is a quantity puncher who dialed again his output hoping to tighten his protection.
It didn’t work towards Helenius, a 6-foot-7 contender from Finland. Helenius landed jabs, proper arms and physique punches, and compelled referee Celestino Ruiz to contemplate stopping the combat in Spherical 5.
Halfway by the sixth, one other low blow supplied the pretense. Ruiz stopped the combat. Helenius celebrated, and Kownacki regarded relieved.
Helenius, who served as Deontay Wilder’s principal sparring associate, is now 31-3 with 19 knockouts.