Eagle Q&A: Undefeated Greenpoint-raised boxing sensation Adam “Babyface” Kownacki
Brooklyn has raised some of the most successful boxers in the world — from the former undisputed world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to the current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Soon, another name may join those ranks.
Greenpoint-raised Adam “Babyface” Kownacki currently holds a record of 17-0 with 14 wins by knockout. His next fight takes place this September, and should he win, he’d have a shot at a title fight.
Kownacki recently spoke to the Brooklyn Eagle about his childhood in Greenpoint and his boxing career.
Brooklyn Eagle: You were born in Poland, but moved to Greenpoint. How old were you at the time and why did you move here?
Adam Kownacki: I moved to Greenpoint with my family at age 7. My parents moved to the USA to give my brothers and I a better life.
Eagle: Do you have any fond memories of growing up in Greenpoint?
Kownacki: Some of my favorite memories are from playing sports in the parks. We used to play everything: basketball, baseball, football and soccer. It was a very fun childhood.
Eagle: What do you enjoy about Greenpoint these days?
Kownacki: I love to get coffee at the local cafes and drink it at McCarren Park. I also love to watch a local soccer game there.
Eagle: What are your favorite shops or restaurants in Greenpoint?
Kownacki: My favorite restaurant in Greenpoint is Amber Steakhouse. My favorite coffee spots are Early and Charlotte Patisserie.
Eagle: What is your current relationship with the neighborhood?
Kownacki: I try to visit Greenpoint every chance I get. After every fight, I get a victory breakfast at Charlotte Patisserie.
Eagle: What inspired you to become a boxer?
Kownacki: Andrew Golota [a former Polish professional boxer] inspired me to become a boxer. I remember every time he fought, it was like a holiday. Everyone would gather around and watch him fight.
Eagle: At what age did you start boxing and when did you start your pro career?
Kownacki: I started boxing at 15, and turned pro in 2009.
Eagle: Do you box full-time, or do you work side jobs to support yourself?
Kownacki: Now I box full time, but early in my career I had to work in construction and security in nightclubs to support myself.
Eagle: Would you say there’s something about the spirit of Polish people that makes them fighters?
Kownacki: I think it’s in our Polish genes to be fighters. Throughout history, we were always forced to defend ourselves and battle with those who tried to take our freedom.
Eagle: What’s your current boxing record?
Kownacki: My current boxing record is 17-0 with 14 of those fights ending in knockouts.
Eagle: When’s your next fight, who are you fighting, and for what title?
Kownacki: My next fight is September 8th against Charles Martin. Charles Martin is a former heavyweight champion, beating him should put me in line for a title fight.
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