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Weights for Tonight’s Fights at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago

by on Feb.07, 2014, under Boxing News


Mike Tyson, at center, with

Former World Heavyweight Champion, Mike Tyson, at center, with Roberto Garcia and Norberto Gonzalez

Roberto Garcia 155 vs. Norberto Gonzalez 157

Kamil Laszczyk 125 vs. Daniel Diaz 125

Erickson Lubin 147.5 vs. Roberto Carlos Acevedo 145.5

Ahmad Cheikho 147.5 vs. Francisco Rios-Gil 148

Junior Wright 199 vs. Galen Brown 193

Patryk Szymanski 154 vs. Daniel Hicks 152

Kristin Gearhart 140 vs. Allanna Jones 141

Jose Felix Quesada 135 vs. Christopher Jackson 134.5

Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois

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‘Fight Night at the Horseshoe: The Black Wednesday Battle’ Lights Up the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino

by on Nov.28, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Yakubu Amidu (L) Pierces Rynell Griffin's Guard En Route to Victory

Yakubu Amidu (L) pierces Rynell Griffin’s guard en route to victory

By Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray

HAMMOND, IN, November 27, 2013 – Continuing a Thanksgiving Eve tradition, Hitz Boxing presented another Black Wednesday Fight Night at the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino, featuring mostly local boxers building their skills and their resumes. Though there were a few lackluster bouts, there was more than enough explosive action, especially when the local favorites went after each other for bragging rights. Lending a somber note to the evening was the ten count tribute to recently slain fighter Michael “The Midnight Stalker” Walker.

Rynell Griffin (L) attacks the body of Yakubu Amidu

Rynell Griffin (L) attacks the body of Yakubu Amidu

In the non-local attraction, Ghanaian Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (20-4-2, 18 KOs), now based in Los Angeles, returned to the Heartland following several losses and a heartbreaking split draw against Juan Carlos Burgos to face journeyman southpaw Rynell Griffin (7-18-2, 2 KOs) in a Lightweight bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Though he has come up on the losing end of most bouts, Griffin’s experience in the ring with some of the best in his weight class showed as he used impressive movement and combinations in the slow first round, coming under Amidu’s punches to land to the body and often coming back up top. Amidu seemed tentative, though he threw and landed a few powerful single punches. (continue reading…)

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U.S. Cellular Field Serves Up Home Runs as Fonfara KO’s Campillo, Granados Stops Salser and Szpilka Stops Mollo!

by on Aug.16, 2013, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon

Photos by Tom Barnes and Greg Rodil


An exultant Andrzej Fonfara raises his fists in victory (Tom Barnes photo)

An exultant Andrzej Fonfara raises his fists in victory (Tom Barnes photo)

CHICAGO, August 16, 2013 – It was fitting retribution.  The International Boxing Organization said they’d strip him of their title  for tonight’s unsanctioned fight and the International Boxing Federation jumped in, christening it as an eliminator for their crown.  Then, Andrzej Fonfara went out and bludgeoned Gabriel Campillo inside eight rounds before an estimated 15,000 at U.S. Cellular Field.  So much for politics.

A native of Warsaw, Poland residing in Chicago, Fonfara (173 lbs., 24-2 and 14 knockouts) sets a pattern in the first round. He’s throwing hard, hurtful and straight blows at Campillo (175 lbs., 22-6-, 9 knockouts) a wily contender hailing from Madrid, Spain, who fires back in spots.

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by on Aug.15, 2013, under Boxing News, Press Releases

582Huge Crowd of Media and Fans Attend Final Press Conference for ‘THE BIG FIGHT 2′ ESPN Boxing at U.S. Cellular Field This Friday, August 16

CHICAGO, IL, August 14, 2013– A huge crowd of media and fans descended upon the final media conference held yesterday at the Copernicus Center in Chicago to discuss ‘THE BIG FIGHT 2,’ ESPN Friday Night Fights at U.S. Cellular Field, being held this Friday, August 16.

In attendance at the conference were all of the principle combatants including “Chicago’s Polish Prince”, and IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 13 KOs); his opponent, former world champion Gabriel “EL Chico Guapo” Campillo (22-5-1, 9 KOs); undefeated heavyweight Artur ‘The Pin” Szpilka (15-0, 11 KOs) and his opponent, “Mericiless” Mike Mollo (20-4-1, 12 KOs); as well as five-time Chicago Golden Gloves champ and professional debuter Kristin Gearhart. (continue reading…)

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Fonfara, Local Boxers to Train in Boxing Ring on Michigan Avenue This Tuesday, July 30th!

by on Jul.26, 2013, under Boxing News

 ’Magnificent Mile’ Public Workouts anticipate upcoming ‘The Big Fight 2′ ESPN Friday Night Fights at U.S. Cellular Field


Workouts kick-off on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 7 am CT Start

205-225 North Michigan Avenue Plaza, Chicago, IL


Andrzej Fonfara, seen here shadow boxing as trainer Sam Colonna looks on (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

Andrzej Fonfara shadow boxing as trainer Sam Colonna looks on (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)


CHICAGO — This upcoming Tuesday morning, JULY 30, professional boxers who will be appearing on the sensational “BIG FIGHT 2″, ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS AT U.S. CELLULAR FIELD card will hold public workouts on the world renowned “Magnificent Mile” on Michigan Avenue.

Amid the hustle of rush-hour commuters, starting at 7:00 a.m. CT, numerous local fan favorites will go through their intense daily training sessions in a boxing ring set up in the 205-225 North Michigan Avenue Plaza on the northeast corner of Lake Street and Michigan Avenue. (continue reading…)

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