By Przemek Garczarczyk
Fightnews.com has learned that Andrzej Fonfara (22-2, 12 KOs), who has won ten straight fights (9 by KO) since moving to the light heavyweight division and Tommy Karpency (21-3, 14 KOs), who in his last fight lost a WBO championship bout, will battle for vacant IBO title on November 16 in Chicago. This information was confirmed by Fonfara and members of his team.
After a defining win over Glen Johnson, many of the observers of Fonfara talent were expecting this 24-year old fighter to have some easier tune-up style fight. It would be understandable, taking into consideration quality of Fonfara last opponent and tough, 10-week camp he went through preparing for one of the most demanding fighter in his division. But both Fonfara and his team decided to not go the ease route, negotiating with current WBO champion Nathan Cleverly (24-0, 11 KO) and always dangerous and very experienced Allan Green (31-4, 21 KO). In the end, fighting for the IBO title in his American hometown, Chicago was a too good option to pass it by. “I’m already training for this fight, again it will be 10-week affair because after the last one I felt so strong I could fight Glen Johnson for 20 rounds and still have something left” – said Fonfara. “Some people are saying that me being just 24 means I can take things easy. I disagree. I want this IBO title fight be the first one of many in my career. There’s for me the only way to move forward as a fighter.”