U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago - Andrzej Fonfara knocked out Gabriel Campillo in the ninth round of their light-heavyweight bout in Chicago on Friday night. More than 10,000 spectators attended the first outdoor stadium card in more than 50 years in the city and saw first-class action.
Fonfara was probably behind on points when he rocked Campillo with a solid right in the eighth. He immediately went on the attack when the ninth began and finished the job a minute and 37 seconds into the round.
The victory earned him the IBF’s No 1 ranking and improved his professional record to 24-2, including 14 knockouts. Campillo’s dropped to 22-6-1, with 9 short-cut wins.
The last big professional tournament to be held outdoors in Chicago was at Comiskey Park on September 25 1962 when Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson fought for the world heavyweight title. Friday night’s tournament was at the US Cellular Field.
Fonfara, 25, is from Warsaw in Poland but fights out of Chicago. He has been a professional for seven years.
He is now undefeated in his last 15 fights and has beaten the likes of Glen Johnson and Tommy Karpency. He won the IBO title when he stopped Karpency in the seventh round in November last year.
The 34-year-old Campillo, a southpaw Spaniard, had won the WBA title in June 2009 when he beat Hugo Garay on a majority decision.
After a successful defence against Beibut Shumenov in August 2009 he lost the belt in a return match with Shumenov five month later.
In February last year he proved his class when he lost on a split decision to Tavoris Cloud in a challenge for the IBF title.