By Joe Harrison
Former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) didn't have it easy in defeated Robert Frankel (27-10-1, 4 KOs) by majority decision in the main event of Windy City Fight Night 15 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. Diaz made it a brawl as he slugged it out with Frankel over ten grueling rounds in front of 3541 fans.
During the opening round, Diaz looked rusty as he stormed after Frankel but failed to land any significant punches. In the following round, Diaz began to close the distance as he landed punches while on the inside.
Diaz forced Frankel against the ropes in rounds three and four, landing hooks and uppercuts as he continued to impose his will. Yet, in the closing seconds of both rounds, Frankel got the better of the exchanges.
By the midway point of the contest, Diaz began to look fatigued as Frankel was timing Diaz and landing counterpunches. This seemed to wake Diaz up as he went back on the attack and pounded Frankel with a barrage of punches.
As the rounds progressed, Frankel tried to slug it out with Diaz, but Diaz landed hooks upstairs and uppercuts, even if it meant receiving punches in return. As Diaz was winning the exchanges, Frankel fought back in an effort to keep the fight close.
In the final round, Frankel continued to throw and land punches, but Diaz always answered back with strong left and right hooks. They traded punches until the ring of the final bell.
In the end, one judges scored the bout 95-95 while the other two had 97-93 and 96-94 for Diaz.
In the co-feature, light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (16-2, 7 KOs) scored a fifth-round TKO over Adam Jaco (9-4-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round bout.
Fonfara used his long reach to establish the distance and keep Jaco at bay. In round two, Fonfara staggered Jaco with a straight right and dropped him with a left hook in round three. It was like target practice for Fonfara as he remained in control during the fourth round, shooting jabs and hooks until Jaco clinched.
In round five, a left hook to the body dropped Jaco yet again. Jaco beat the count, but it wasn’t long before Ref Celestino Ruiz stepped in and called off the contest. Time of stoppage was 2:25.
Also on the card, welterweight Alex DeLeon (3-2-1, 3 KOs) stopped Jaime Herrera (5-1, 3 KOs) in the second round. Both fighters went swinging away in the first round as each landed crisp punches. DeLeon was briefly stunned in the closing seconds.
At the start of round two, DeLeon connected with a left hand that dropped Herrera. Herrera got back to his feet but was still wobbly. DeLeon went back on the attack and the bout was stopped at the 0:48 mark.
In addition, welterweight Achour Esho (10-0, 7 KOs) got off the canvas to stop Corey Rodriguez (5-2-2, 3 KOs) in the fifth round. Both fighters traded punches in the opening rounds, but it was Rodriguez who was being more effective. Rodriguez continued to force Esho backward while landing accurate punches. Esho was dropped in round four, but Rodriguez failed to finish the job.
In round five, Esho landed bombs and forced a standing eight count. When Rodriguez was ready to continue, Esho jumped back on him and landed more punishing blows as Rodriguez stood against the ropes. A final right hand forced the stoppage at 1:08.
In other results, welterweight Anton Novikov (19-0, 6 KOs) earned an eight-round unanimous decision over Dashon Johnson (11-4-3, 3 KOs). Although he was in control throughout the fight, Novikov was deducted a point in both the seventh and eighth rounds for holding. The final scores were 78-73, 77-74 and 76-75, all for Novikov.
Junior welterweight Aslanbek Kozaev (14-0, 5 KOs) defeated Hector Alatorre (16-14, 5 KOs) by a six-round unanimous decision. Scores were 59-55 and 60-53 twice.
Junior welterweight Ramiro Carrillo (4-0, 2 KOs) defeated Clifford McPherson (2-3-1, 1 KO) by a four-round unanimous decision. Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 twice.
Junior welterweights Genardo Mendez (3-0-1, 2 KOs) and Keandre Gibson (1-0-1) fought to a four-round majority draw. Scores were 38-38 twice and 39-37 for Gibson.