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
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