Heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki (20-0, 15 KOs) defeated Chris ‘The Nightmare’ Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in New York. The fight was shown on Premier Boxing Champions and Fox.
The judges scores were 118-110, 117-111, and 117-111. Boxing News 24 had Kownacki winning by a 116-112 score. He outworked the 38-year-old Arreola in the first eight rounds of the fight. In the championship rounds, Arreola came on strong and landed some powerful right hands to the head of the tired-looking Kownacki.
Kownacki and Arreola break CompuBox’s record for most punches thrown
Arreola and Kownacki were virtual punching machines tonight in smashing CompuBox’s record for most punches by throwing 2,172. They also broke the record for the most landed shots with 667. The old record was set 23 years ago in the David Tua vs. Ike Ibeabuchi fight in 1997.
Jean Pascal upsets Marcus Browne
Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (34-6-1, 20 KOs) pulled off a big upset in defeating previously unbeaten interim WBA 175 pound champion Marcus Browne (23-1, 16 KOs) by an eight round technical decision.
Turning back the hands of time, the 36-year-old Pascal knocked Browne, 27, down in the fourth round, and then two more times in the seventh round. In the eighth round, Browne collided heads with Pascal, and suffered a bad cut over his left eye. The fight was subsequently stopped at the end of the round. The judges scored the fight 75-74, 75-74 and 75-74. Boxing News 24 had Pascal winning by the same score.
Browne was dropped hard in the fourth round from a right hook by Pascal. The referee seemed to be getting in the way of Pascal finishing Browne off. After the knockdown, Pascal continued to try and land big shots. Browne found smart in the fifth in going to the body, and using his jab.
Wale Omotoso stops Curtis Stevens
In a surprise upset, former middleweight world title challenger Curtis Stevens(30-7, 22 KOs) was stopped in the third round by unheralded Wale Omotoso(28-4, 22 KOs) .
The 34-year-old Stevens, who had fought just once in the last two years, was knocked down by the hard hitting 154 pound second tier Omotoso. The fight was officially halted at 1:28 of round three by referee Johnny Callas.
Stevens suffers another knockout loss
For Stevens, this was the second fight for him since being knocked out brutally by former International Boxing Federation middleweight champion David Lemieux in March 2017. Stevens bounced back from that defeat in beating little known Carlos Rafael Cruz by a fourth round knockout 13 months ago in July 2018. Stevens might be better off moving back up to middleweight. But more importantly, he needs to fight more often than just once a year if he wants to stay sharp.
Stevens was stopped in the eighth round six years ago by former IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in New York. A year later, Stevens lost to Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam by a 12 round unanimous decision in 2014. Although Stevens has scored a lot of highlight reel knockouts during his career, he falls apart when he’s put in with better opposition.
Tonight’s loss for Stevens is disappointing, because he wasn’t fighting a top contender from the junior middleweight division in Omotoso. This is a guy that had lost in the past to Chordale Booker, Jamal James, Sammy Vasquez and Jessie Vargas. Omotoso came into the fight tonight having lost four out of his last eight fights. On paper, Stevens should have been able to beat Omotoso, but being inactive for over a year didn’t help Stevens obviously. Further, moving down in weight from the middleweight division likely didn’t help Stevens as well.
Brian Howard stops Carlos Negron
Heavyweight Brian Howard (15-3, 12 KOs) defeated 2008 Olympian Carlos Negron (20-3, 16 KOs) by a first round knockout. Negron, 32, came into the fight tonight having been stopped in the ninth round last December by Dominic Breazeale.