Adam Kownacki and Chris Arreola put on pretty much the fight expected tonight on FOX, other than the fact that they went all 12 rounds. Kownacki won a wide decision on scores of 117-111, 117-111, and 118-110. Bad Left Hook had it 117-111 for Kownacki.
Kownacki (20-0, 15 KO) and Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KO) started really fast, throwing and landing a ton of leather in the first few rounds, but given they’re bigger fellas, the pace was bound to slow, and it did. In the end, though, Kownacki and Arreola set new records for most punches thrown and landed in a heavyweight fight, at least as tallied in CompuBox history.
Neither fighter was ever down or even in what appeared to be any serious trouble, though both landed quite a bit. By the middle rounds, the zip was off their fastballs, being honest, and it became a war of attrition more than anything. Kownacki stayed busier, and despite a valiant effort, Arreola never put together a string of rounds where he could get the better of the younger man.
Kownacki, 30, may have also benefited somewhat from Arreola seemingly breaking his left hand pretty early in the fight, and fighting the majority of the bout one-handed, but in all reality he was winning the fight before that, and was just the better man.
“I thought it was a good fight,” Kownacki said. “Chris is an Aztec warrior. Mexico’s a great nation, they have great fighters. It was a tough 12 rounds. I proved by the CompuBox numbers I was ready to go 12 rounds.”
Kownacki said he’d just keep training and trying to get better, adding, “Hopefully next year I’ll get a title shot, and we’ll see what happens.”
Arreola, 38, said before the fight that if he lost he would retire from boxing, but being that it’s boxing, he wasn’t so sure afterward, though he still sounded ready to do so.
“This is something I have to talk to my family about. I honestly feel like it’s about time,” he said. “I gave it my all this fight. Even after breaking my hand, I kept fighting. I need some time off to figure things out. I don’t know if I can go through this again.”
Arreola had a lot of praise for Kownacki, too.
“Relentless. He just keeps coming. I cracked him with some good punches, he got me with some good punches, but he’s just a relentless fighter,” he said. “Congratulations to Kownacki because he came in here and he won the fight.”
Kownacki landed 369 of 1,047 (35%) total punches and 324 of 691 (47%) of his power shots. Arreola didn’t exactly shy away, throwing even more than Kownacki did. He landed 298 of 1,125 (27%) total punches and 283 of 995 (28%) of his power shots. Kownacki out-landed Arreola to the body, 78-38, and won the jab battle, 45-15.