David Diaz, Andrzej Fonfara Handle Business at The UIC

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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Povetkin's Manager: Drug Tests in Order, No Worries For Price Alberto Melian Drills Countryman Julian Aristule in Two Rounds Felix Verdejo's Trainer Expects His Fighter To Return Stronger Michael Dutchover Continues Winning Run at Doubletree Joshua vs. Parker - Giuseppe Quartarone Confirmed as Referee Sadam Ali vs. Liam Smith Finalized For May 12, Turning Stone Anthony Crolla vs. Edson Ramirez Set For Joshua-Parker Card Photos: Whyte, Bowne - Get Very Heated on 'Gloves Are Off' News: Sven Fornling, Brian Ceballo, Nikolai Potapov, More Daniel Jacobs vs. Maciej Sulecki - Undercard Information Arthur Abraham: I'm Not Ready To Retire, I Want World Title Again Joseph Parker: I'm Going To Come in Light and Fast vs. Joshua Gvozdyk: Stevenson is 40 & Inactive; Not Sure He'll Beat Jack Liam Smith: Canelo Ruined Legacy, Look How His Body Changed! Weekend Review: Jose Ramirez Rises, Felix Verdejo Crumbles Zou Shiming: I Don't Have The Courage To Retire at The Moment Lucas Browne Maintains Innocence in Drug Testing Beefs Floyd Mayweather Says He Will Apply For MMA License Horn's Coach: Crawford Will Be in For a Big Shock in First Round! Berchelt To Make Another Voluntary Defense, Then Roman Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez: Positive or Negative? WBC Prez: I'm Not Protecting Canelo, But We Have To Be Fair! Arum Says ESPN Momentum Building, Big Plans Ahead in 2018 Danny O'Connor Gets Off The Floor, Decisions Steve Claggett Felix Verdejo Very Angry With Decision To Stop The Fight Video: Crawford's Coach Shreds Horn - Warns Spence, Thurman Kyril Relikh vs. Eduard Troyanovsky Showdown is Ordered Danny Roman vs. Moises Flores Must Happen By June, Says WBA Arum Wants Ramirez, Prograis to Take Interim Fights on Same Card Michael Conlan Hopes To Fight in Belfast on June Date Kovalev-Marcus Browne Deal Done for HBO Bout; Date Not Set Arum: Felix Verdejo Very Disappointing; It's a Lack of Discipline Felix Valera, Luis Lebron Grab Knockout Wins in Santo Domingo Sam Soliman, Wes Capper Fight To a Twelve Round Draw Ryuya Yamanaka Retains WBO Strap, Canizales Wins WBA Belt Photos: Gvozdyk Earns WBC Shot, Michael Conlan Excites Crowd Joe Joyce-Dereck Chisora Likely To Be Confirmed For Bellew-Haye Photos: Jose Ramirez Breaks Down Amir Imam For WBC Belt Roach: Linares Has Fight Left in Him; Might Be Too Old for Loma Photos: Antonio Lozada Drills, Stops Felix Verdejo in Shocker

Latest Active Forum Threads