By Joe Harrison
Top light-heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (24-2, 1 NC, 14 KOs) will look to end 2013 on a high note when he faces knockout artist Samuel Miller (26-7, 23 KOs) at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on December 6th. The ten-round bout will take place on the undercard of “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3″ presented by Ulrich Knockout Promotions, Warriors Boxing and 8 Count Productions.
The 26-year-old “Polish Price” certainly gained the attention of boxing fans everywhere when he defeated former world champion Glen Johnson by a unanimous decision in the Windy City last year. Only a few months later, Fonfara stopped Tommy Karpency in the seventh round to earn the IBO light-heavyweight title. Fonfara then became the IBF’s #1 contender following his ninth-round knockout over former world champion Gabriel Campillo last August at US Cellular Field. Fonfara is now riding a 15-bout unbeaten streak including eleven knockouts.
Fonfara’s opponent has a knockout punch of his own. Miller, a Colombian fighting out of La Habra, California has delivered 23 knockouts in his 26 victories, twelve of those knockouts coming in the first round. Some of the top names he’s faced include Brian Vera, David “The Destroyer” Lopez, Marco Antonio Rubio, Marco Antonio Periban and Gilberto Ramiro Sanchez. Most recently, Miller scored a first round knockout over Leonardo Julio in September. His vast experience along with his knockout power should prove to be a tough test for the Polish fighter.
Tickets for “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3″ are priced at VIP $201, VIP Ringside $151, Ringside $101, Box Mezzanine $76, Reserved Mezzanine $51, and General Admission $31 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices: 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office: 312-413-5740.
In the night’s 12-round main event, WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, will attempt to make the sixth defense of his title and complete the trilogy of fights with former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Giacobbe “Gabibbo” Fragomeni (31-3-2, 12 KOs) of Milan, Italy.
In their first meeting back in May of 2009, Wlodarczyk and Fragomeni fought to a twelve-round draw. One year later, they fought again, and Wlodarczyk won by an eighth-round technical knockout. Now, three years later, they will meet again
to finally settle the score. The action will be shown on ESPN3.com.
Also on the card, light welterweight Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (12-2-2, 8 KOs) will face Carlos Winston Velasquez (21-17-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-round bout. In his last bout, Granados earned a sixth-round technical knockout over Mark Salser in a fight packed with fireworks. Previously, Granados had a meeting with former world champion Kermit Cintron which ended in a controversial draw, a fight which most spectators believed Granados had won.
Plus, light middleweight powerhouse Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (16-0-1, 13 KOs) meets Jaison Palomeque (14-7-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round contest. Gonzalez is coming off of victories over names such as Richard Gutierrez, Derek Ennis and a controversial draw with former world champion Serhiy Dzinziruk.
In addition, middleweight Henry “The Western Warrior” Coyle (18-2, 12 KOs) takes on Skyler Thompson (12-9, 10 KOs) in a contest scheduled for six rounds.
Other names included on the fight card are middleweight Paul “The Punisher” Littleton (8-0-1, 4 KOs), cruiserweight “Hurricane” Junior Wright (8-0, 7 KOs) and middleweight Trinidad Garcia (5-3-3).