David Diaz, 137.5 vs. Robert Frankel, 136
Andrzej Fonfara, 175 vs. Adam Jaco, 173
Jaime Herrera, 146 vs. Alex DeLeon, 145
Genaro Mendez, 139 vs. Keandre Gibson, 140
Anton Novikov, 149 vs. Dashon Johnson, 150
Achour Esho, 148 vs. Corey Rodriguez, 148
Ramiro Carrillo, 141.5 vs. Clifford McPherson, 143
Aslanbek Kozaev, 142.5 vs. Hector Alatorre, 142
The Diaz/Frankel ten round battle is the main event of the action packed eight bout card presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, celebrating their 13th year as the HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.
Finishing up his training in his native Denver, Frankel spoke about the fight with Diaz, “I know David very well and I’ve seen him fight numerous times. He’s a true warrior and I know that fighting him in Chicago will be a huge challenge, but I’m coming to win, not to show up.”
The 30 year old Frankel, 27-9-1 (4KO’s), rides a six bout winning streak into Chicago and is looking to use a victory as a means toward a world title bout. “Hopefully a win over Diaz gets me to Humberto Soto, Brandon Rios or Anthony Peterson; I’m ready to prove it on Friday night.”
Fighting and winning on the road for most of his career, Frankel is known as a spoiler and is unphased by his first bout in Chicago against the former world champion in front of an expected huge crowd.
“I’m glad there’s going to be a large crowd, I’m sure they’ll be loudly supporting Diaz, but I’ve had a great deal of success on the road. My experience fighting all over the country should help.”
In regards to his game plan against Diaz, Frankel stated, “I’m taller than him and hope to use my reach to my advantage. I’m pretty sure he’s going to want to get inside and mix it up.”
“The fans in Chicago should expect a war, Diaz and I both need a victory and it should be a terrific battle on Friday night.”
A common opponent for Frankel and Diaz is veteran Ramon Montano, both winning by ten round decision in 2008.
A longtime Chicagoland fan favorite, Diaz, 35-3-1 (17KO’s), has won the biggest bouts of his career in hometown. In his Chicago bout on September 26, 2009, Diaz battered former world champion Jesus Chavez enroute to a ten round decision in front of a huge crowd at the UIC Pavilion.