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Smith Pole-Axes Fonfara in TKO Upset; Warren Regains Crown over Payano with Dominant Win

by on Jun.19, 2016, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon

Photos by Nabeel Ahmad / Premier Boxing Champions

 

Joe Smith, at left, rocks Andrzej Fanfara.

Joe Smith, at left, rocks Andrzej Fanfara.

CHICAGO, June 18, 2016 — He was a crude banger whose record was built on nobodies, in nothing towns, and across the ring was the established king — a future hall of famer — who’d battered and nearly knocked out Muhammad Ali nearly two years earlier. However, this didn’t stop a young George Foreman from bludgeoning Joe Frazier into submission that night in Kingston, Jamaica in January 1973.

Fast forward to tonight at the UIC Pavilion. Although Joe Smith, Jr. was a well decorated amateur (he won the 2008 New York Golden Gloves with a victory over Seanie Monaghan) he is no George Foreman (who won the Gold Medal at the 1968 Olympics as an amateur), but he’s a heavy handed slugger with a record of 21-1 with 17 knockouts against second rate opposition. Tonight, he’s facing Andrzej Fonfara, an established contender who dropped and went the distance in losing a decision for Adonis Stevenson’s WBC title in May 2014 and stopped the former WBC Middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April 2015. This should be a no-brainer.

Only it’s not. (continue reading…)

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Fanfara-Smith, Payano-Warren, Lubin-Sandoval, Centeno & Sulecki Quotes for Tonights PBC Fights at the UIC Pavillion

by on Jun.18, 2016, under Boxing News

Andrzej Fonfara at Friday's weigh-in (photo courtesy of Nabeel Ahmad / Premier Boxing Champions)

Andrzej Fonfara at Friday’s weigh-in (photo courtesy of Nabeel Ahmad / Premier Boxing Champions)

CHICAGO, June 18, 2016 – Light heavyweights star Andrzej Fonfara and hard-hitting Joe Smith Jr., who went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference, joined others in talking about their fights tonight  on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features a world title rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau’shee Warren plus rising star Erickson Lubin battles Mexico’s Daniel Sandoval. PBC coverage switched to NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and will see unbeaten middleweights Hugo Centeno Jr. and Maciej Sulecki square-off. (continue reading…)

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Andrzej Fonfara and Nathan Cleverly to Collide in Lt. Heavy Showdown as Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Returns to Chicago’s UIC Pavilion Friday, Oct. 16th

by on Aug.30, 2015, under Boxing News

Show to air 9 P.M. ET/PT

Tickets on Sale Now!

Fonfara-Cleverly Poster

CHICAGO (August 26, 2015) – Bruising Polish star Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) and former world champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs) will meet in a 12-round light heavyweight battle as Premier Boxing Champions on Spike returns to UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, October 16, with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Fonfara, a fan-favorite in Chicago, will be fighting at UIC Pavilion for the 14th time in his career and is fresh off a stunning performance against former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April of this year. He steps up again to fight a top light heavyweight in former world champion Cleverly and if he can get by this stiff test, he will be in a position to face all of the other top light heavyweights in this talent rich division. (continue reading…)

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Fonfara Holds Off a Determined Doudou Ngumbu, and Tomoki Kameda Defeats Challenger Alejandro Hernandez in Main Event of the SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition at the UIC Pavilion

by on Nov.02, 2014, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Tomoki Kameda (L) and Alejandro Hernandez mix it up in their title fight

Tomoki Kameda (L) and Alejandro Hernandez mix it up in their title fight

Report by Kerstin Broockmann
Photo by Scott Dray

Full Undercard Report and More Photos to Come

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, November 1, 2014 – In the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition at the UIC Pavilion, Saturday, November 1, Andrzej Fonfara found a tougher than anticipated test in Doudou Ngumbu. Tomoki Kameda held off challenger Alejandro Hernandez to hang onto his WBO Bantamweight World Championship title, though the aggressive Hernandez was seen by some to have done enough to take the belt. In the final televised bout, Super Featherweight Javier Fortuna scored a knockout in the fifth round after a foul-filled clash with Abner Cotto.

In the main event, “The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KO’s) of Chicago had a lot of work to keep Doudou Ngumbu at bay during their ten-round Light Heavyweight bout. In the first round, Ngumbu moved constantly, presenting a difficult to hit target and tagging Fonfara up the center with jabs. Though Ngumbu most likely won the first round with his attacks to the body and straight head shots, Fonfara managed to avoid too much damage by holding whenever Ngumbu approached. (continue reading…)

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Chi-Town Boxers Andrzej Fonfara, Felix Quezada Guests at CBOE Yesterday!

by on Oct.30, 2014, under Boxing News

Light Heavyweight Contender, Andrzej Fonfara (second from left), is  flanked by co-promoters Leon Margulis (far left) and Dominic Pesoli (second from right) at the Chicago Boad of Options Exchange (photo courtesy of Rick Ramos)

Light Heavyweight Contender, Andrzej Fonfara (second from left), is flanked by co-promoters Leon Margulis (far left) and Dominic Pesoli (second from right) at the Chicago Boad of Options Exchange (photo courtesy of Rick Ramos, proprietor of Body Shot Boxing Club and floor trader at the CBOE).

CHICAGO, October 30, 2014 — On a cold October morning, floor trader Rick Ramos (who owns Body Shot Boxing Club) brought light heavyweight contender Andrezej Fonfara and undefeated lightweight Jose Felix Quezada to visit the Chicago Board of Options Exchange, where Ramos works as a floor trader.  Fonfara (25-3, 15 knockouts), who dropped and gave WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson a rugged challenge in losing a 12 round decision last May, will face Dou Dou Ngumbu (33-5, 12 knockouts), while Quezada (3-0, 2 knockouts) faces Rick Hall (3-6-2, 2 knockouts) this Saturday at the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago.   (continue reading…)

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