By Sam Geraci
IBO light heavyweight champion Andrew “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (23-2, 13 KOs) heads to Brooklyn this weekend to attend the light heavyweight title clash between 48-year-old ring legend Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs) and undefeated IBF champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs). “I am going to Brooklyn with my team because I want to see Hopkins and Cloud from ringside to find their weaknesses. I also want everyone to know that Andrew Fonfara is ready for the biggest fights out there,” Fonfara said.
After capping off a fourteen fight win streak with a knockout of Tommy Karpency (21-4-1, 14 KOs) for the IBO title on November 16th in Chicago, Fonfara was poised to defend his title on ESPN 2 FNF on March 22nd. Unfortunately for Fonfara and fight fans everywhere, a slow-to-heal broken hand that occurred during the Karpency win forced a cancellation of Fonfara’s bout. As he awaits a full recovery, Fonfara continues to train at the Hyper Fight Club with Sam Colona and Bodgan Maciejczyk while his manager and brother, Mark Fonfara, continues to push for a showdown with one of the other top light heavyweights.
“Andrew is ready for the best and that’s why we’re going to Brooklyn,” Mark Fonfara added, “Hopkins, Cloud, Cleverly, Shumenov, Dawson, Pascal, or Bute. Come August 16th, we won’t care who it is.”
Because he is the largest live gate draw in Chicago and one of the largest in the US, Fonfara has been given the opportunity to make his ring return on August 16th as the headliner in the first boxing event held at White Sox’ ballpark in fifty years. Although Fonfara and his team have yet to release a shortlist of likely opponents, based on their trip to Brooklyn, their recent comments, and the fact that boxing is finally returning to Sox Park after 50 years, it is clear that Fonfara is ready take his place at center stage against the sport’s best fighters.