Adam Kownacki sees Charles Martin as stepping stone to world heavyweight title shot
New York-based Pole Adam Kownacki faces his toughest test on September 8 when the 17-0 puncher battles ex-world heavyweight champion Charles Martin in Brooklyn.
The 29 year-old, who has 14 knockouts to his name, trades blows with a fighter in Martin who has just only to unified king Anthony Joshua in his 27 contests.
Giving his thoughts on being part of the Danny Garcia v Shawn Porter welterweight card next month, Kownacki aims to make a name for himself on Showtime.
“I’m ready to make a statement. It’s a very big fight for me, I’m training very hard and hopefully after this fight I’ll be mentioned as a heavyweight contender,” said Kownacki.
“I’m thrilled to be on a great show in Barclays Center live on SHOWTIME and can’t wait. It’s definitely going to be a great night for me.
“My goal was always to be world champion. Winning the New York Golden Gloves was a big thing for me. So after I won that, that’s where I was looking to win the title. With every fight, I inch closer so I’m training very hard to reach the dream comfortably.
“I thank Charles Martin for pronouncing my name right, I think he is one of the few people that actually said it correctly but I will be in pressuring him all night. I’m a pressure fighter and if Charles Martin is able to give me all then I think it’s going to be a tremendous fight.
“As you all see Charles Martin is very focused, so I’m prepared for the best Charles Martin that he brings, and I could beat the best Charles Martin and go for the title shot right after.
“I am looking at Charles Martin as if he still has the title, as if he is the champion, so I am ready. I am running and doing more workouts. By beating him it puts me right in o the title shot.
“He’s a contender and the former world champion so bringing a shot at title would be I think the next step in my career.”
On fighting in New York and giving his prediction, Kownacki added: “I love it (fighting in NY). In fact, it’s one of the best feelings. If you can make here, you can make it anywhere. So I want to continue that and keep winning in New York.
I do know that it is going to be exciting. There will be lot of fireworks,” he said.