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Fonfara Training Hard in the Chicago Heat



IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 16 KOs) is hard at work in the high heat and humidity, sparring with Michigan heavyweight Jordan Shimmell and Chicago cruiserweight Dimar Ortuz at Sam Colonna’s Boxing Gym in Chicago, in preparation for his upcoming showdown against former world champion Gabriel “EL Chico Guapo” Campillo (21-5-1, 8 KOs) of Madrid, Spain, on Friday, August 16, 2013.

The pair will meet in the 12-round main event of “THE BIG FIGHT 2,” at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, and broadcast live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Fonfara, of Chicago, via Warsaw, Poland, was last seen in November, winning the vacant International Boxing Organization light heavyweight title by seventh-round TKO over former world title challenger Tommy Karpency at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, a fight in which he badly injured his hand.

Fully healed and eager to make his return in front of his legions of adoring Chicago fans, Fonfara and head trainer Sam Colonna are working hard to make this Fonfara’s best performance ever.

Tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend this historic event marks the return of boxing to the South Side of Chicago after more than 50 years.

Also featured that night will be the “Can’t Miss” heavyweight rematch of Artur ‘The Pin” Szpilka of Wieliczka, Poland and Chicago’s “Merciless” Mike Mollo, scheduled for ten rounds.

A full undercard for this sensational event will be announced shortly.

The ring will be set up behind home plate with the grandstand serving as a backdrop. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6 p.m. CT with the first bell at 7 p.m. CT.