By Chris Glover
The chief support for last Saturday’s Fox televised card, saw big punching Pole Adam Kownacki demolish Gerald Washington in front of a partisan Kownacki crowd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn based Kownacki took the fight to Washington from the outset, and nearly pushed for the stoppage in the opening round, landing some heavy bombs on the former US Serviceman.
Round 2 was more of the same, with Kownacki throwing over 100 punches as he sent Washington to the canvas, forcing the referee in charge to bring a halt to the contest.
Kownacki left a statement, having positioned himself highly in the WBC rankings, with his eyes firmly set on Deontay Wilder’s crown.
Post-fight, Kownacki opened up regarding his victory and his plans for the future.
He said, “I’d like to fight for the heavyweight title. Whether I have to travel to another country to get it that is what being world champion is about.”
When questioned about Wilder, Kownacki’s response was, “I want the belt baby!”
The rest of the card saw an explosive contest between Tugstsogt Nyambayar and Claudio Marrero which saw the Mongolian Olympian emerge victorious against a tricky customer in Marrero who will definitely come again.
In what many saw as the performance of the night, Atlas Cops and Kids trained Chris ‘Little Bhopp’ Colbert showed why many refer to him as ‘The Golden Child’ as he displayed a back footed masterclass against the game Josh Hernandez.
The 22-year-old displayed an exquisite exhibition of defensive skills and ringcraft, far beyond his years as he won 7 of the 8 rounds against an ambitious opponent in Hernandez.
Chordale Booker cruised to an 8 round victory over Juan De Angel, and will likely be looking for a step up in class in his next outing.
The shock of the night came where Marsellos Wilder was stopped in round 4 against William Deets in a fight many would have expected to be a routine victory for Wilder.
Wilder appeared tired late in the fight and allowed his opponent to land a lead hook, which the younger brother of the WBC World Heavyweight Champion was unable to recover from.
There were also wins for Gary Antuanne Russell, Stephen Fulton, Miguel Cruz, Brandon Glanton, Mark Duncan, Mychael Teal and Terek Irby on a night that was a very enjoyable night of boxing, with well-matched contests throughout presented by Premier Boxing Champions, Lou DiBella and Tom Brown.