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Adam Kownacki to face Robert Helenius in March 7th PBC on FOX headliner

Negotiations with Dominic Breazeale apparently fell through

Adam Kownacki v Chris Arreola Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Mike Coppinger reports that Kownacki has a “done deal” in place to face former contender Robert Helenius in the main event of a March 7th PBC on FOX card at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Dominic Breazeale, who appeared poised to share the ring with “Baby Face,” did not mince words.

I can’t speak to whatever financial or promotional shenanigans brought this matchup about, but I can definitely whinge about it. Helenius (29-3, 18 KO) was briefly a thing in 2011 when he knocked out Sam Peter and took a split decision over Dereck Chisora, only to sputter out with inactivity. Johann Duhaupas blew him away in “The Nordic Nightmare’s” return to the world stage, and he’s since dropped a decision to Dillian Whyte and suffered a come-from-behind knockout loss to Gerald Washington on FS1.

He’s not, like, garbage, but he’s at or below the levels of guys Kownacki (20-0, 15 KO) already beat, like Chris Arreola, Charles Martin, and the aforementioned Washington. It’s a pointless, drama-free matchup and a waste of time for someone knocking on the door of world title contention. Hell, Kownacki is only behind Kubrat Pulev in the IBF rankings. He should not be fighting a 36-year-old who’s been consistently disappointing for eight years straight.

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