Fonfara KOs Campillo in IBF eliminator; Szpilka KOs Mollo again in rematch; 8,231 attend great night of fights in Chicago
By Sam Geraci at ringside
Photos: Tom Barnes / Tomba Images
In an IBF light heavyweight eliminator for the #1 spot, Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (24-2, 14 KOs) scored a spectacular come-from-behind KO over former WBA world champion Gabriel “El Chico Guapo” Campillo (22-6-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night before 8,231 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. Campillo took over the fight in round two and schooled Fonfara until he was rocked with a right hand at the end of round eight. Fonfara went right after him in round nine and battered him to the canvas. The time was 1:37. At ringside was WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk, who saw Fonfara deliver a very Wlodarczyk-like performance.
Undefeated heavyweight Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs) again knocked out “Merciless” Mike Mollo (20-5-1, 12 KOs) in their rematch. Szpilka looked to be on the verge of stopping Mollo in round three, but then Mollo dropped Spilka with a desperation left hook, then staggered Spilka again later in the round. The bout ended in round five when Szpilka laid out Molla in round five with a straight left and the bout was stopped. Time was 1:41. The referee for the bout was changed to Gerald Scott earlier in the day at the request of the Mollo camp after Celestino Ruiz was originally assigned by the Illinois Commission. Ruiz had refereed their first fight, a knockdown-filled sixth round KO win by Szpilka.
Jr welterweight Adrian “EL Tigre” Granados (12-2-2, 8 KOs) scored an exciting sixth round KO over previously undefeated Mark Salser (15-1, 9 KOs). Salser dropped Granados in round two and again in round five. Granados put Salser down with a body shot in round six, then finished him moments later.
In her pro debut at junior welterweight, five-time Chicago Golden Glove Champion Kristin Gearhart (1-0) of Chicago, IL, outclassed MMA fighter turned boxer Amanda Cooper (1-1, 1 KO) of Fowlerville, MI, to score a unanimous decision. Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 twice.
Middleweights Trinidad “El Cholo” Garcia (5-3-3) of Chicago, IL, now trained by Chicago fan favorite Ivan Popoca, and Ramiro Bueno (2-3- 1 KO) of South Bend, IN fought to a majority draw. Scores were 39-37 for Bueno and 38-38 twice.