Friday October 16, 2015– Attention fight fans tune into Spike TV as Premier Boxing Champions presents a 175-pound showdown from Chicago. The event will start at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Below is a preview of what to expect for tonight’s showdown.
Fonfara vs Cleverly
Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) will have slight edges in height, reach and age when he squares off against former 175-pound champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs). But his biggest advantage just might be the venue in which he’s fighting.
That’s because Fonfara, a 27-year-old Chicago resident by way of his native Poland, has had 13 fights at the UIC Pavilion—and each and every time, he’s walked away victorious.
In order to make it 14-for-14, though, Fonfara will have to be as much on his game as he was in his most recent fight: a surprising ninth-round TKO of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April.
Fonfara dominated the son of the Mexican legend, dropping him in the decisive round—the first time Chavez had ever been knocked down.
Cleverly, 28, is coming off his own stoppage victory, and an impressive one at that: On May 30, he needed just 24 seconds to dispatch Tomas Man. It was the Wales native’s third early-round TKO victory in his last four fights.
All told, Cleverly and Fonfara have 31 KOs to their credit, making for a potentially explosive evening in the Windy City.
The last time Andrzej Fonfara set foot in a ring, he scored the biggest victory of his career. Now the Polish native is out to prove it wasn’t a fluke as he continues his quest for a championship.
Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) returns to action for the first time since his surprising stoppage of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. when he meets former champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs) on October 16 in a high-stakes 175-pound bout at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. The fight highlights a Premier Boxing Champions card on Spike TV (9 p.m. ET/PT).
Fonfara, 27, dominated Chavez on April 18 in Carson, California, eventually dropping the son of the Mexican icon in the ninth round. Chavez made it to his feet and finished the round, but threw in the towel before the start of the 10th.
Prior to beating Chavez, Fonfara earned a 10-round unanimous-decision victory over veteran Doudou Ngumbu. That fight in November marked the Chicago resident’s 13th appearance at the UIC Pavilion. He’s won all 13 of those fights, including 10 by knockout.
Fonfara enters this fight on a 17-1 run, his only setback being a 12-round unanimous-decision loss to 175-pound champ Adonis Stevenson in April 2014.
“Cleverly is a solid fighter, and it’s no fluke that he was a world champion and that he defended his belt so many times,” Fonfara said. “Our fighting styles guarantee that everyone can expect fireworks on October 16. I want this fight to be a quick stop on my way to a rematch with Adonis Stevenson.”
The 28-year-old Cleverly gained a 24-second stoppage of Tomas Man in May after losing a split decision to countryman Tony Bellew in November.
Before losing his 175-pound title to Sergey Kovalev by fourth-round knockout in August 2013, Cleverly’s résumé included victories over Bellew (a majority decision in their first matchup in October 2011), as well as title challengers Karo Murat (TKO), Tommy Karpency (unanimous decision) and Nadjib Mohammedi (unanimous decision).
From a tale-of-the-tape perspective, this is a pretty even matchup, as the 6-foot-3 Fonfara has a one-inch height advantage and a two-inch reach edge over Cleverly.
“Fonfara is a good fighter,” said Cleverly, a 28-year-old Wales native who will be fighting for the second time in the U.S. “He’s tall, has power and has moved up through the levels in his career. I am looking forward to coming over to Chicago and I am very confident that our styles will blend well for a really exciting fight.”
Mark Twain once famously said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
If ever there were two humans who embodied that statement, it would be Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13 KOs) and Koki Kameda (33-1, 18 KOs), two Tokyo natives who pack a ton of power into their 115-pound frames.
Kono’s last three victories have come by way of knockout, the most recent of which made the 34-year-old fighter a 115-pound champion for the second time.
In fact, five of Kono’s last six wins have been of the stoppage variety, including an eighth-round KO of Denkaosan Kaovichit in March 2014 that gave Kono his current title.
Speaking of knockouts, Kameda scored one in his most recent contest, dropping Omar Salado in the fourth round in November.
It was the 28-year-old southpaw’s 11th consecutive victory, and brought his career knockout rate to 53 percent.
History is at stake for Kameda in this one: If he prevails, he will become the first Japanese fighter to win a world title in four different weight classes.
Kono vs Kameda Preview:
Koki Kameda and Kohei Kono both hail from Tokyo, but they’ll travel halfway around the world to battle for Kono’s 115-title October 16 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion as the Premier Boxing Champions series returns to Spike TV (9 p.m. ET/PT).
Kono (30-8-1, 13 KOs) won his championship back in March 2014, knocking out Denkaosan Kaovichit in the eighth round in Tokyo. He returned to his hometown for his first title defense, fighting Norberto Jimenez to a draw on December 31.
Kameda (33-1, 18 KOs) is coming off a fourth-round stoppage of Omar Salado in November, his 11th consecutive victory. The 34-year-old southpaw is the elder sibling of fellow fighters Daiki, 26, and Tomoki, 24.
This fight is scheduled for 12 rounds. That would seem to favor Kameda, who has gone that distance seven times during his 11-fight winning streak, including five times in his last six outings. Conversely, Kono has gone 12 rounds just three times in his last 10 fights, going 0-2-1.
(Courtesy of PBC Editor)
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