IBO light heavyweight champion Andrzej Fonfara is making big plans for 2013 following his seventh round stoppage of Tommy Karpency this past Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. It was thought at first that Fonfara may have broken his right hand in the first round, but following a full doctor’s exam, medical reports indicate no broken bones and “The Polish Prince” is expected to return to action in the first quarter of 2013.
“We’re very proud of Andrzej, this was another test and he passed with flying colors winning the IBO title in front of such a massive crowd,” said Frank Mugnolo, President of Round 3 Productions.
‘There was some confusion at the end but the truth is Karpency never fully recovered from the damage Andrzej inflicted upon him in the first round. The film crew caught him in the corner before the seventh round telling his corner that he was done. When he fell it was from the effects of the knockdowns in the first round as well as the continuous battle over the subsequent rounds. ”
The bout was stopped at 0:57 mark of the seventh round when Karpency informed referee Pete Podgorski that he could not continue and Fonfara was awarded the TKO victory.
“We’re looking at a number of options for Andrzej. There has been some talk of fighting WBO champion Nathan Cleverly or WBA champion Beibut Shumenov. He’s ready for either one or a fight against Bernard Hopkins. Any one of those fights would draw sold out crowds at the UIC Pavilion.”
The next 8 Count Productions/Round 3 Productions event will take place on Friday, December 14th at Cicero Stadium in Cicero, IL. The main event will feature a junior welterweight cross-town showdown between Adrian “El Tigre” Granados and Antonio “Aztec God of War” Canas.