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Boxers Turn Heads in Downtown Chicago at ‘Miracle Mile’ Open Workouts

by on Jul.31, 2013, under Boxing News

All photos Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images

 

Andrzej Fonfara, at left, trains in downtown Chicago in preparation for his August 16th bout against Gabriel Campillo

Andrzej Fonfara, at left, trains in downtown Chicago in preparation for his August 16th bout against Gabriel Campillo

 CHICAGO, July 31, 2013 — Yesterday morning at Chicago’s world-renowned, Magnificent Mile, an open workout was held for many of the fighters appearing on the “BIG FIGHT 2”, ESPN Friday Night Fights boxing event at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday, August 16.

 With a huge crowd of 7:00 am morning rush-hour commuters watching intently, numerous local fan favorites went through their morning training routines in a boxing ring set up on the northeast corner of Lake Street and Michigan Avenue.

Among those participating were main event fighter and Chicago’s “Polish Prince” IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion, Andrzej Fonfara, top-rated junior welterweight prospect Adrian “EL Tigre” Granados, pro debuting female Kristin Gearhart, as well as middleweight veterans Henry “The Western Warrior” Coyle and Trinidad Garcia.

 

Adrian Granados

Adrian Granados

Afterwards, all the fighters posed for photos and signed autographs.

 

Kerstin Gearhart with trainer Sam Colonna

Kristin Gearhart with trainer Sam Colonna

Henry Coyle

Henry Coyle

Trinidad Garcia

Trinidad Garcia

Additional public workout information and a full schedule of fight week activities for this sensational evening of entertainment will be announced shortly.

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“THE BIG FIGHT 2, ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS AT U.S. CELLULAR FIELD” will take place on Friday, AUGUST 16, 2013. It is presented by the Illinois Sports Facility Authority, Round 3 Productions, 8 Count Productions, Warriors Boxing and Ulrich Knockout Promotions.

Fonfara ducks under an aparatus in training

Fonfara ducks under an aparatus in training

The historic boxing event is headlined by a 12 round light heavyweight clash between Fonfara and former world champion Gabriel “EL Chico Guapo” Campillo.

 Gabriel Campillo appears courtesy of Sampson Boxing LLC.

 Also featured will be the “Can’t Miss” heavyweight rematch of Artur “The Pin” Szpilka of Wieliczka, Poland and Chicago’s “Merciless” Mike Mollo, scheduled for ten rounds.

Granados works the mitts

Granados works the mitts

In a special attraction televised bout, Granados will face off against undefeated Mansfield, Ohio’s Mark Salser for the IBA Junior Welterweight Title over eight scheduled rounds.

 A full undercard will be announced shortly.

 The last professional outdoor boxing event held in Chicago took place over 50 years ago. “THE BIG FIGHT” was held at Comiskey Park on SEPTEMBER 25, 1962 and was headlined by the Heavyweight World Championship between Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson.

 U.S. Cellular Field is located at 333 W. 35th Street, one block west of the Dan Ryan Expressway. For this memorable evening the ring will be set up just behind home plate with the grandstand serving as the backdrop. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6:00 p.m. CT with the first at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Advance tickets starting at $32 are on sale now through Ticketmaster (www.Ticketmaster.com, phone, 1-800-745-3000) and through The Chicago White Sox (www.whitesox.com) in addition to the U.S. Cellular Field Box Office.

8 COUNT PRODUCTIONS/ROUND 3 PRODUCTIONS

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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.

Joining forces with Frank Mugnolo’s Round 3 Productions in 2011, their partnership is currently among the premier boxing promotional firms in the United States.

Fighters currently under the 8 Count Productions/Round 3 Productions banner include; IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara, top rated junior welterweight prospect Adrian Granados, former world title challenger Edner Cherry, undefeated middleweight prospects Paul Littleton and Viktor Polyakov in addition to welterweight prospect Jaime Herrera.

For more information on 8 Count Productions/Round 3 Productions please visit their new website, www.8CountProductions.com. Follow them on Twitter at 8 Count and Facebook at “8 Count Productions/Round 3 Productions”.

 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 its 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.

THE ILLINOIS SPORTS FACILITIES AUTHORITY

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority is the developer, owner and operator of U.S. Cellular Field, home of the 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox. www.isfauthority.com.

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