Adam Kownacki v Juiseppe Cusumano on June 24 in NYC



Adam Kownacki v Juiseppe Cusumano on June 24 in NYC

Adam Kownacki returns to action June 24, when he will battle Juiseppe Cusumano on the undercard of the Edgar Berlanga clash with Jason Quigley at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday June 24, screening on DAZN.


Staten Islands’ Reshat Mati (13-0, 7 KOs) is also on the card, in an all-New York clash with Brooklyn’s Wesley Ferrer. Mati picked up his first title in Mexico in October, besting Eduardo Rodriguez in Mexico City to land the WBC Youth Super-Lightweight strap. This is a rematch with Ferrer (17-1-1 8 KOs). Albania will be in the house, yelling for Mati.

And Poles aplenty will be cheering on Adam Kownacki (20-3 15 KOs), who is 34, and needing a win after losses to Robert Helenius back to back, and Ali Demirizen in his last gig.

Please, nobody calls him “Joe” Cusumano around promoter Jimmy Burchfield, the OG lifer who is the lifeblood of pro boxing in Rhode Island for decade after decade.

Kownacki and Arreola in BK. (Ed Diller)

Adam Kownacki and Chris Arreola in BK. AK is working in Manhattan Vs Cusumano (Ed Diller pic)

Here is material from a release sent out by Matchroom.

“I’m excited to be back at Madison Square Garden,” said Adam Kownacki. “MSG is where I had my first success as a boxer winning the NY Golden Gloves, and my fifth pro fight where I came out victorious and started my run to become a top five Heavyweight. MSG is will once again be the starting point of something special for me, as I resurrect my career.”

“We're are excited for this opportunity to fight In the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden,” said Cusumano. “Adam is a tough fighter but I'm preparing for war on June 24.”

Adam Kownacki is 20-3, as of April 14, 2023

Adam Kownacki sets the table for Berlanga, who wants to prove he’s a showstopper 

Mati and Kownacki’s bouts will lead into a main event that sees Berlanga (20-0 16 KOs) fight for the first time under the Matchroom banner after penning a multi-fight deal with Eddie Hearn in February. The Brooklyn-based Puerto Rican ranked #4 with the WBO and IBF, and #6 with the WBA, fights in the Theater for the third bout in a row following wins over Steve Rolls and Roamer Angulo in March and June respectively, and there will be echoes of the spectacular April 2022 showdown between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano with the fans are treated to another Puerto Rico vs. Ireland clash as Ballybofey’s Quigley (20-2 KOs) looks to steal the show.

“I’m excited to be back in my hometown and to perform at the mecca of boxing once again,” said Berlanga. “I want this night to be a historic for my fans and for all the people of Puerto Rico and to witness greatness.

“I feel like I’m reborn again in the sport signing with Matchroom and getting back to where it all started with my old coach Marc Farrait. I promise it’ll be something big on June 24.

“On June 24, I step into the ring at Madison Square Garden with the confidence that only comes from years of hard work and experience,” said Quigley, in the main event, after the Adam Kownacki fight. “I'm ready to give it my all. The bright lights, the roar of the crowd, there's no better stage to showcase my skills.

I've been here before, I've fought at the highest levels, and nothing will faze me. My spirit and my intuition will guide me, and I know by putting on my best performance I will come out on top.”

“We’re back in the Big Apple and it’s going to be another great night at the mecca of boxing,” said Hearn. “The Theater always creates a special atmosphere, and it will be a sea of colors and a wall of noise when the Puerto Rican and Brooklyn backers of Edgar mix with the green and gold army of Irish fans roaring on Jason.

“It’s a big night for Edgar making his Matchroom debut, and he will be looking to put on an explosive display as he sets his stall out to put his name front and center for a clash with Canelo Alvarez; and that’s all the motivation that Jason will need to put on the performance of his life and hand a first defeat to ‘The Chosen One’. Many of the prospects that we started out with in the States are now knocking on the door for the biggest fights in the game, and that’s where Reshat wants to be – victory in style would move him to the next level and set up a big second half of 2023. The Heavyweight landscape is always changing, and a run of wins can move you up the rankings and into the spotlight. Adam Kownacki knows that, and with his incredible support and all-action style, ‘Babyface’ can kickstart another run to the top on June 24.”

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.