Washington, DC heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly takes a big step up in competition when he takes on undefeated Adam Kownacki of Brooklyn, NY in an eight-round contest on Saturday, January 16 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Kelly (9-1-1, eight KO's) has won three straight by knockout since suffering his only loss in August of 2014. Kelly is coming off a first-round knockout of Jimmy Suarez on September 18 in Atlantic City, NJ. This will be Kelly's first scheduled eight-round contest.
Kownacki, a native of Lomza, Poland (12-0, 10 KO's), last fought on October 10th and won an eight-round unanimous decision over Rodney Hernandez in Lowell, MA. The win was the second time he has gone the distance in his last three bouts.
Kownacki was scheduled to compete in the 2007 Mayor's Cup in DC as an amateur but ended up winning the bout by walkover.
This bout will be on the undercard of the double heavyweight title main event featuring Deontay Wilder defending his WBC title against Artur Szipilka and Charles Martin battling Vyacheslav Glazkov for the vacant IBF crown. These will be the first heavyweight title bouts held in Brooklyn in 115 years.