Adam Kownacki‘s world orbited in a different direction when on August 25th, the ultra mega flyweight Kazimierz Kownacki was born.
Dad is around 250 or so when he gloves up, and the little one presented by wife Justyna scaled in at 8 1/2 pounds on birth date. I checked in with the proud pop, wee how life has been treating him since his last fight, against Chris Arreola (August 3, UD, at Barclays Center) and what his near-term plans are.
“So far the greatest feeling in the world,” the boxer with a 20-0 (15 KOs) mark said. “Especially when he gives you a smirk.”
And apart from the baby being a superb addition, what else is going on?
“I bought an inn upstate,” the 30 year old hitter shared.
“And fight-wise, I'm waiting for the results of Wilder-Ortiz and Joshua-Ruiz. But I'm looking to be back in the first quarter of next year.”
Wait…what? An INN?
“My wife worked in the hotel industry for five years and and the opportunity came to purchase this inn, she is from the mountains in Poland. So I think that will be a great fit. She and my brothers will help me manage it, in the Catskills area….where Mike Tyson learned to box! So maybe I will turn it into the East Coast Bear Mountain!
And is the joint open for business?
“Right now we are only booking it to groups. Like, the whole building. Next couple of months are pretty busy, almost every week is booked up!”
Back to boxing….Will the Polish born boxer, now living on Long Island, attend the Deontay Wilder rematch with Luis Ortiz, which unspools Nov. 23 at MGM in Las Vegas?
“Yes,” he said. And, who wins and how? “We will see. Will be an interesting fight.”
Kownacki has people wanting to tussle with him. Dominic Breazeale, for one, what about the callout from another plus sized hurler?
“Who hasn’t (called me out),” cracked Kownacki. “I feel like I get called out more than the heavyweight champs! I want the guy that knocked him out (Wilder).”
And, apart from that, steady as he goes. No changes planned…
“Still with the same team. No changes. Sleep hasn't been great because of the little angel,” he said, chuckling, “but I'm not complaining!”
Understandable; this has been a guy people slept on, because of an “everyman” physique. And yet he keeps winning, and is thisclose to the opportunity of a lifetime, and a payday that will be four inns.
END NOTE: The Inn, it was called the Gardner.
Post-purchase, what will it be known as?
The AK Inn, Kownacki is thinking.