By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Photos by John Booz
WBC Youth light heavyweight title holder Andrzej Fonfara (15-2-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Anthony Doughty (9-2-0, 8 KOs) in the first round this past Friday in the main event of the “Windy City Fight Night 13” card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. In the co-main event, undefeated jr welterweight Ivan “El Marro” Popoca (15-0-1, 10 KOs) scored an unanimous decision over Martin Tucker (7-7-0, 3 KOs) of the junior welterweight division.
There was a very brief feeling out process in the main event, with Fonfara measuring the shorter Doughty with his jab. Seconds into the opening stanza, Fonfara ripped Doughty with a quick left hook and powerful straight right that caught him square on the chin and dropped him so hard his head bounced off the canvas. The referee started his count, but quickly realized that Doughty was badly hurt and in no condition to continue. Fortunately, after laying on the canvass for a few minutes, he later walked out of the ring unassisted. The ruling was a KO at :23.
POPOCA WINS A TOUGH ONE
In the co-main event, the quick-handed Tucker gave Popoca plenty to deal with, as he started off the match with quick combinations from the outside. Midway into the round, Popoca took control by cutting off the ring and pinning Tucker against the ropes. He proceeded to unload with solid shots, but Tucker took them well and held his ground for the most part. Nearing the end of the round, a clash of heads opened a cut over the left eye of Popoca.
Tucker found himself pinned against the ropes again early in round two. After eating plenty of leather, he managed to spin out but the pressure from Popoca was relentless and he was cut off again with about 30 seconds before the round ended, getting tagged him with more hard shots.
In the third round, Tucker showed true grit, rocking Popoca with a left hook to the head. Seconds later, another left upstairs found its mark. Popoca’s knees buckled as he took a step back. Tucker jumped at the opportunity to turn the tide, but Popoca dug deep and rallied with stiff counter punches, finishing the round strong.
The pressure from Popoca continued during the middle rounds. Tucker was game but was unable to land anything more than a quick counter every now and then. In rounds seven and eight, Popoca eased off the accelerator and resorted to boxing and using the jab. This proved much more effective, as he switched back and forth between the southpaw and conventional stance and landed the right to the head with more consistency.
The judges scored the match 77-75 and 78-74 twice, all for Popoca.
Welterweight Jaime Herrera (5-0, 3 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact after facing a tough Guadalupe Diaz (5-8-3, 1 KO). Herrera controlled the action throughout by staying busy and using the ring well, keeping Diaz off balance and frustrating him. Diaz was knocked down late in round three courtesy of a right-cross to the head. He continued to show good heart for the remainder of the fight, but he was largely outgunned and outboxed. All three judges scored it the same, 60-53 for Herrera.
Junior welterweight Genaro Mendez (3-0-0, 2 KOs) survived a knockdown to comeback and score a TKO victory against Clifford McPherson (2-2, 1 KO). Both combatants came out slugging and showing little regard to defense. The shorter Mendez targeted the body, while McPherson used his height and looping shots in an attempt to keep his left-handed opponent at bay. Mendez, who kept his hands dangerously low, got a wakeup call early in round two after a counter right landed perfectly and dropped him. He just barely beat the count, but came back and unloaded his own assault, turning the momentum of the fight. McPherson looked take control again in the third, but Mendez was all over him from the start and pinned him against the ropes. The suffocating assaults left McPherson battered and weary. Midway in, Mendez was in full attack while McPherson offered little in response. Referee Pete Podgorski stopped the fight during a one sided beating in the corner. The time of the stoppage was 1:26 of the third round.
Junior middleweight Donatas Bondarevas (10-1-1, 3 KOs) won a unanimous decision against Mustafa Johnson (8-9-1, 2 KOs) after eight rounds of action. Bondarevas appeared the stronger fighter and started off with a good jab. Johnson was very elusive and punished the body well in the middle rounds. Bondarevas made the fight more difficult for himself by loading up too much and being reckless during exchanges. He was deducted a point in the seventh for a low blow. In the final round Bondarevas had the momentum, as he pressed forward and popped his jab, Johnson was picking his punches and less active. The judges scored the fight 77-74, 79-72 and 78-73.
David Latoria (7-0-0, 3 KOs) won a unanimous decision against James Porter (5-14-1, 1 KO) in their four round heavyweight match-up. Latoria started off as the aggressor, giving the bigger Porter angles during exchanges on the inside. Porter showed good hand speed and despite his lack of footwork, he managed to effectively counter Latoria. Things got a bit sloppy in the second, as Latoria began coming in with his head and clinching after he unloaded. Frustrated, Porter popped Latoria with a right to the groin and was penalized a point. Latoria was also deducted a point in the fourth for charging in head first. All three judges scored the match the same, 39-35.
Super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (3-0-0, 3 KOs) make quick work of Jesse Lewis (0-2-0) scoring a knockout in the first round. Jimenez wasted little time in pouncing on Lewis with hard shots to the head and body. Lewis looked to weather the storm, but he was completely overwhelmed. As he tried to back pedal and cover up, a combination to the body pinned him in the corner. A series of hard shots to the head followed as bobbed and weaved, but a right to the head put him down hard. Referee Pete Podgorski stopped the fight seconds after observing the disoriented Lewis laying on his back. The time was :53 of round one.
Junior welterweight Antonio Canas (3-0-0, 2 KOs) had to work hard for his unanimous decision win against Gabriel Morris (3-8-2, 0 KOs). Morris lacked the power to keep Canas at bay, but he was crafty enough to pepper and at times frustrate him with sneaky shots from various angles. For most of the fight, Canas backed Morris up, but as the rounds progressed, the punches from Canas began to stray wide. This provided more openings for Morris, making it more of a competitive fight. In the end, Canas did enough to get the nod from the judges. They scored it 39-37 and 40-36 twice.
Light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev (11-0-0, 10 KOs) quickly disposed of Dallas Vargas (22-6-0, 16 KOs) by battering him in round one and forcing a stoppage in round two. Despite having twice as many fights as a pro, Vargas appeared overwhelmed and completely outclassed by Kovalev. The time of the stoppage was 1:16.
Ramiro Carrillo (3-0-0, 2 KOs) gave Matt “Pit bull” Ellis (1-3-0, 1 KO) a good mauling, scoring a TKO win in the opening stanza during a welterweight clash scheduled for four rounds. Carrillo charged at Ellis from outset and never looked back, prompting for the referee to rescue Ellis at 2:33.
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“Windy City Fight Night 13” was promoted by Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Productions. “Windy City Fight 14” is set for Friday, December 17th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.