Premier Boxing Champions is back in the Windy City!
By Zo Crooks, Real Combat Media Chicago Boxing Correspondent
*Photo & Video Credit: Zo Crooks, Real Combat Media
Chicago, IL (October 16th, 2015)– The PBC has made its way back to the city of wind, Chicago, IL. This time the plot has a little twist to it because the main event will feature Chicago’s own light heavyweight champion Andrjez Fonfara as he takes on the hard hitting Welshman Nathan Cleverly.
Poland born Fonfara resides in Illinois which means he will definitely have the crowd in his favor at the UIC Pavilion. The reigning WBC International Champion holds a record of (27-3 16 KOs). In his last fight, he dismantled Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Fonfara has only lost once in the last 7 years.
Welshman Cleverly (29-2 15 KOs) is a former world champion. At one point Cleverly was once looked at as the fighter to rule the light heavyweight division. That was until he ran into Sergey Kovalev in 2013 in which he suffered his first defeat. His second defeat came at the hands of his long time rival Tony Bellew last November. Since Kovalev took his “0”, he has struggled to regain momentum.
This fight is a huge gamble for both men but more so for Cleverly. The former WBO titleholder turned down a title shot with current WBA champion Juergen Braehmer to take on Fonfara…in Fonfara’s hometown at that!!! Smart move but huge gamble. Cleverly gets a chance to take on one the best in the division while getting huge exposure while doing so by fighting on the PBC card on U.S. soil. If Cleverly can pull it off it can be big win-win situation for him. What this fight does for Fonfara is potentially put him in line to avenge his loss to Adonis Stevenson. The stakes are high!!!!
The co-main event will feature Japanese fighters as reigning super flyweight world chamipion Kohei Kono takes on former world champion Koki Kameda.
Fighting out of Tokyo, Kono (30-8-1 13 KOs) has been a world champion twice, first with a victory in 2012 over Tepparish Kokietgym and again in 2014 by defeating Denkaoson Kaovichit. He has fought professionally since 2000 and will be making his first career start outside of Japan when he enters the squared circle Friday night.
Koki (33-1 18 KOs) is looking to add another world title to his resume when he faces Kono on Friday night. he won his first world title just 12 fights into his pro career with a victory Juan Jose Landaeta and has followed it up with world championship winning performances over Daisuke Kaito and Alexander Munoz. He made his U.S. debut in November 2014 with a knockout victory Omar Salado at the UIC Pavilion.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing in association with Matchroom Boxing, are prices at $151, $101, $51, $41, and $31, not including applicable sevice charges, and are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or UIC Pavilion Box Office at (312) 413-5740. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the UIC Pavilion Box Office (Thursday or Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm).
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