Preps for biggest test vs. Glen Johnson on July 13th
CHICAGO, June 20, 2012 – World ranked light heavyweight professional boxer Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara will take a short break from his intense training this Saturday morning, June 23rd to participate in the “RUN THE RIDGE’ 5K in Burr Ridge, Illinois.
The 24 year old Fonfara is spending the excessively hot summer Chicago days preparing for his showdown with former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson in the main event at “CROSSROADS” set for Friday, July 13th at the UIC Pavilion and broadcast on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
”Training has been terrific and I will be at my very best to face Johnson on July 13th. The heat in Chicago over the last week has worked to my advantage, particularly during training and sparring sessions” said Fonfara.
The “RUN THE RIDGE” 5K, sponsored by Codilis and Associates PC benefits the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation.
Continued Fonfara, “As part of my training I run almost every day and I’m happy to contribute my time to this most worthy cause.”
For more information on the “RUN THE RIDGE” 5K, visit their website at www.right-fit.com
Just 24 years old, Fonfara, 21-2-0 (12KO’s), has built a reputation in the vast Chicago Polish community and among local boxing fans as a hard punching, all action fighter with dynamite knockout power in both hands.
In his last start on March 16th, Fonfara brutally stopped former world champion Byron Mitchell in the third round in front of thousands of local supporters at the UIC Pavilion.
A native of Warsaw Poland, now based in Chicago, Fonfara is currently ranked #9 by the World Boxing Association.
Compiling a record of 51-16-2 with 35 knockouts, future Hall of Famer Glen Johnson holds wins against numerous boxing legends and former world champions including Roy Jones, Antonio Tarver, Clinton Woods and Chicago’s Montell Griffin.
The co-main event will feature a ten round welterweight battle between legendary two-time former world champion Jose Luis “EL Terrible” Castillo and longtime Chicago fan favorite Ivan “EL Marro” Popoca.
Presented by 8 Count Productions, Warriors Boxing, Round 3 and Blue Wave Boxing, advance tickets for “CROSSROADS”, priced at $151, $101, $51 and $31, can be obtained 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.
The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Harrison, at the corner of Harrison and Racine on the campus of University of Illinois-Chicago. Doors on the night of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 7:45pm.
ABOUT 8 COUNT PRODUCTIONS
8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland.
Fighters currently under the 8 Count Productions banner include: super middleweight contender Donovan George, world ranked light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara, former world title challenger Edner Cherry, middleweight prospect Viktor Polyakov, junior welterweight prospects Ivan Popoca and Adrian Granados along with welterweights Achour Esho and Jaime Herrera.
For more information on 8 Count Productions please visit their new website, www.8countproductions.com. Follow them on Twitter at 8_Count and Facebook at “8 Count Productions”.
ABOUT WARRIORS BOXING
Launched in 2003, Warriors Boxing operates under a simple philosophy-bring the best boxers in the world to fight fans, match them in competitive bouts, and in doing so help re-establish the sport of boxing for a new generation.
With a series of successful Pay-Per-View shows and packed houses to it’s credit, the Warriors business model is working wonders in a sport that was sorely in need of the innovation and energy that the company brings to the table.
When it comes down to it though, a promotional company is only as good as the fighters and fights it promotes. Warriors Boxing has delivered on all fronts, with outstanding bouts such as Lara-Molina, Cayo-Peterson, Abraham-Miranda I and II, Miranda-Pavlik, Miranda-Green, Ibragimov-Briggs, Ibragimov-Klitschko, Urango-Hatton, Urango-Bailey, Cayo-Maidana and Ibraginov-Holyfield.
For more information on Warriors Boxing, visit their website at www.WarriorsBoxing.com.