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PBC Windy City Recap!

By Zo Crooks, Real Combat Media Chicago Boxing Correspondent-Ringside

*Photo Credit: Jerome Lynch, topnotchmemories.smugmug.com

   Chicago, IL (October 17, 2015)– In what could possibly be a “Fight of the Year” bout, Andrjez Fonfara defeated Nathan Cleverly by 12 round unanimous decision in the main event of Premiere Boxing Champions at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL.  The judges scored the bout 115-113, 116-112, 116-112 for Fonfara.This was a record setting night when both fighters  combined to set CompuBox records Friday night for most combined punches thrown and landed in a light heavyweight fight. They combined to throw 2,524 punches and land 936, both CompuBox records.

 

Fonfara (28-3 16 KOs), a native of Poland fighting out of Chicago, clearly had the home field advantage with the crowd totally in his favor.  He also set an individual CompuBox record himself  for a light heavyweight by landing 474 punches and attempting 1,413.

 

Although Fonfara got the unanimous decision, it wasn’t easy!  Cleverly (29-3 15 KOs) came to fight.  The first quarter of the bout Cleverly got out fast.  He was fighting at a hectic pace while still coming forward the whole fight!  Cleverly was throwing and landing shots, even showboating at times.

 

However the second half of the fight was different.  Fonfara began to land some serious leather on dude.  “Cleverly has a great chin,” Fonfara said. “He’s a great fighter. He was taking a lot of punches and not breaking down. He still wanted to go forward and fight. He believed he could win until the very end.”

 

Cleverly normally a slick boxer decided to bang with Fonfara.  It showed in the 7th round when Fonfara hurt Cleverly and busted his nose. “It was a fantastic fight,” Cleverly said. “I had a feeling that our styles were going to jell and that’s what happened. It was a war from the very first bell, and I am not surprised that it broke the records for the most punches thrown, because when we started we just didn’t stop.

 

The victory was the third straight for Fonfara, 27, since dropping division champion Adonis Stevenson late in a 2014 decision loss.  Cleverly has a record of 3-3 over the last two years.

 

In the co main event of the evening Kohei Kono defended his junior bantamweight title by unanimous decision over former two-division titlist Koki Kameda in what seem to be a wild and crazy fight that included knockdowns, brawling, fouling, and referee indecision.

In the first world title fight between two Japanese fighters on American soil, Kono (31-8-1) outslugged Kameda (33-2 18 KOs) at close range throughout to earn judges scores of 115-109, 116-108 and 113-111.

 

These two fought like the hated each other.  In the second round Kono was dropped to his knees by a pair of low blows.  Moments later Kono dropped Kameda with a vicious right hand.  “I got caught in the second round because I made a mistake I shouldn’t have made,” Kameda said. “He fought very well, and I was surprised by his power.”

 

Referee Celestino Ruiz deducted a point from each fighter in round 3 for hitting low.  However that didn’t immediately stop the low blows with both fighters being warned again in round 4.

 

In the seventh round Ruiz momentarily stopped the bout and warned both fighters that he would stop the match  if he had to warn them again for holding, pushing and hitting below the belt.  Ruiz then took a point away from Kono in the ninth round for pushing Kameda’s head down.

 

ANDRZEJ FONFARA WINS SLUGFEST AGAINST NATHAN CLEVERLY ON PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON SPIKE IN FRONT OF ELECTRIC CROWD AT UIC PAVILION IN CHICAGO

 
KOHEI KONO USES RELENTLESS ATTACK TO DEFEAT KOKI KAMEDA & RETAIN SUPER FLYWEIGHT WORLD TITLE
 Click HERE For Photos From David Earnisse/Premier Boxing Champions
 
For Fight Highlights Go To www.youtube.com/premierboxingchampions
 
CHICAGO (October 16, 2015) – Hometown-favorite Andrzej Fonfara (28-3 16 KOs) outslugged former world champion Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) over 12 grueling rounds on his way to a unanimous decision onPremier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
Fonfara and Cleverly exchanged punches throughout the night with neither man yielding an inch of ground. Cleverly won rounds by throwing punches from awkward angles and by countering effectively. Fonfara never seemed phased by Cleverly’s power however, and was able to impose his will as the fight wore on.
Cleverly began bleeding from his nose in the middle of the fight as Fonfara launched uppercuts and straight right hands at the injured appendage. The injury slowed the pace of Cleverly’s attack and allowed Fonfara to pull ahead on the scorecards. The fight set a record for most punches landed (936) and thrown (2524) in the light heavyweight division in CompuBox history.
The final judges’ scores were 115-113 and 116-112 twice.
The evening’s co-main event featured thrilling back-and-forth action as super flyweight world champion Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13 KOs) retained his title via unanimous decision over former world champion Koki Kameda (33-2, 18 KOs). The bout was the first world title fight between two Japanese fighters that was fought on U.S. soil.
The action started in round two when Kono fell to the canvas as a result of a low blow from Kameda. Kono bounced back and immediately put Kameda on the ground with a sharp straight left hand.
In the third round, Kameda was twice deducted points for low blows as Kono continued to punish him with blows to the head. One point would eventually be deducted from Kono in round nine for excessive holding.
While Kameda fought through a left eye that was swollen shut, Kono proved to be dominant from start to finish on his way to a decision victory by scores of 116-108, 115-109 and 113-111. The two fighters landed a combined 679 punches, the second highest total in CompuBox history in the super flyweight division. Kono finished the fight landing 362 punches to 317 by Kameda.
ANDRZEJ FONFARA
“Cleverly has a great chin. He’s a great fighter. He was taking a lot of punches and not breaking down. He still wanted to go forward and fight. He believed he could win until the very end.
“I thought I would knock him out before the fight, but during the fight I realized he has great defense. I had no idea he could take so many punches and still be in the fight. I realized it would be very hard to knock him out. I respect him very much.
“It was not the toughest fight of my career, but I’m happy because it was a hard 12 rounds.
“I got the feeling I broke his nose around the seventh or eighth round. After taking so many hard punches I felt he was wearing down.
“I was positive I won before they read the decision. The last couple rounds there was no question who was the better fighter. He was still throwing punches, but I was blocking them and hitting him very hard.
“What’s next for me? Hawaii. Vacation.”
NATHAN CLEVERLY
“It was a fantastic fight – I had a feeling that our styles were going to gel and that’s what happened. It was a war from the very first bell and I am not surprised that it broke the records for the most punches thrown because when we started we just didn’t stop.
“He can really bang – he’s not far off Sergey Kovalev for power. But I thought I had him until the nose went and I think that without that, I could’ve got the win. But in the end, I think the 115-113 was about right, and credit to him, he took some punches in there too and kept on coming.
“It has been a great experience over here in the U.S. – it’s a pretty hostile crowd but they all congratulated me after the fight. Would I do it again? Why not – it’s what we are here to do, put on entertaining fights for great fans, and I am sure there will be the demand for it.”
KOHEI KONO
“I’ve been training to win this title for years and I’m so happy that I have defended the title.
“I am so happy that I got to face Kameda and get this victory over him. It is a big win for my career.
“If we had fought using movement, he probably would have beaten me, but he decided to trade punches with me and that gave me a chance to win.
“My jab was superb tonight and my uppercut rarely missed. Early in the fight I wasn’t sure I could take his power. But after he hit me a few times and I was still there, I started getting confidence.
“I felt great all week and I knew my performance would be very strong. Even before I left for the U.S. I felt better than I ever had before a fight.”
KOKI KAMEDA
I trained very hard for this fight. I’m very disappointed.
“I was going to make a decision on whether to retire or not based on my performance. I feel it might be time for me to retire.
“My stamina wasn’t what it should be in the later rounds.
“I got caught in the second round because I made a mistake I shouldn’t have made. He fought very well and I was surprised by his power. I think it’s time for me to retire.”

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