Heavyweight boxer banned from blowing his nose after losing fight

By , People Daily Digital
Thursday, October 14th, 2021 11:42 | < 1 min read
Heavyweight boxer Adam Kownacki during the fight. PHOTO/COURTESY

Heavyweight star Adam Kownacki has been banned from blowing his nose after his devastating defeat to Robert Helenius on Saturday night.

The pair were rematching in Las Vegas after Helenius shocked then-unbeaten Kownacki in one of the final fights before the coronavirus pandemic spread around the world in March 2020.

The Polish-American, 32, had been expected to beat his veteran opponent on both occasions - but was twice stopped by the Swede.

However, the second of those knockouts was more brutal than the first, with Kownacki suffering devastating injuries.

He took a battering from the first bell, having his orbital bone fractured before the eventual sixth-round stoppage.

In documents reported by the Mirror, he now can't even blow his nose as he recovers.

"Do not blow your nose. Elevate your head use ice packs," Mirror reported.

Prior to his first defeat to Helenius, Kownacki had been just one fight away from becoming the mandatory challenger to what was at the time Anthony Joshua's WBA belt.

But a grueling couple of fights later, he has been left licking his wounds.

Joshua has since lost the belt, as well as his others, to Ukrainian star Oleksandr Usyk.

But the Brit will have the opportunity to win them back in the spring, after Eddie Hearn revealed that a rematch clause has been triggered.