This an unusual bout of a native Pole, now presumably American citizen and a new heavyweight contender, Adam Kownacki, 17-0, 14 KO, against a likewise relatively untested former WBA champ Charles Martin, 25-1, 23 KO being held @Barclays Center, Brooklyn, Saturday, September 8th.
Kownacki is rated 10th in Ring, and 12th in Boxrec whereas Martin is unranked in either because of inactivity. Both are sluggers, so I doubt we’ll see much in the way of Fancy Dan boxing, but more likely a war of attrition. Kownacki looks like a chubby choirboy without his beard, whereas Martin began looking like a jellied crack daddy with or without a beard after getting badly whooped by the now unified champ Anthony Joshua. After that fight where Martin netted a purse greater than the career earnings of TBA champ, Deontay Wilder, Martin got hisself shot up on the bad side of Las Angeles in the early AM hours while engaged in some shady business. Both have limited Ama careers and are in their prime athletic years, 29 and 32 years of age respectively.
I see it as pretty much a 50/50 fight of aspiring contenders. Never watched Kownacki save some fight highlights that show a face first, high intensity slugger, but I saw the regrettable Vyacheslav Glazkov and Joshua fights where Martin looked down right terrible, clueless really, and that IBF scrap he won had been stripped off Tyson Fury before the week was up after his epic Wladimir Klitschko victory, reduced to sham title with no credibilty whatsoever with the public until Joshua unified it with the other titles.
Nonetheless, this is a decent fight regardless of the limitations of the fighters, so who could ask more of a fighter than to toe the scratch line for another good go?