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Fonfara Makes Quick Work of Spearman at WCFN 19

By Matthew Paras at ringside


At the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL, journeyman Jose Spearman, 28-18-5 (11), became the latest fighter to suffer a loss at the hands of beloved Andrzej Fonfara, 19-2 (10). The win came quickly in just 1:20 of the second round, increasing Fonfara’s win streak to seven since moving up to the light heavyweight division.


Determined to start fast, Fonfara came out jabbing the former middleweight Spearman. The jab was moderately successful but more importantly, it paved the way for Fonfara to set up other shots. Spearman ate repeated right hands and left hooks to the body in the opening round.
 
In round two, Fonfara blasted Spearman with a combination. Spearman jawed back at Fonfara in the middle of the ring, shouting “You’re weak!” after taking the punches. Ironically, moments later, Fonfara landed an overhand right that sent Spearman to the canvas. The punch was the knockout blow as Gerald Scott waved off the fight when Spearman appeared in no condition to continue.
 
Attendance was 2196; most were there to support Fonfara. With an undercard that didn’t have any significant names on it or a main event which was not competitive, Fonfara has proven himself to be a true draw in the city of Chicago. Going forward, it would be nice to see his competition improve. The last time he took a step up in competition was against Derrick Findley, resulting in a second round TKO loss.
 
Still, that loss was three years ago two divisions south. Fonfara appears to be more comfortable at light heavyweight now. Who he will fight in the future remains to be seen but for now, he can enjoy another stoppage win.
 
In the first fight of the evening, Chicago middleweight prospect Viktor Polyakov, 9-0 (6), earned a unanimous decision victory over Romaro Johnson, 11-5-1 (6). The fight was fought in close quarters with Polyakov often landing the harder shots. In round two, referee Gerald Scott seemed to miss a knockdown off a Polyakov left hook but it didn’t matter. Polyakov was in full control the entire fight. Scores were 59-55 and 60-54 twice.
 
Jamal “The Mailman” Parram did anything but mail it in as he upset Chicago native Juan Carlos Fernandez via unanimous decision by scores of 39-35 and 40-34 twice. The southpaw Parram established dominance in the first round by dropping Fernandez twice, once with a left straight and then again with a right hook. In the third, a cut opened on Fernandez’s hairline from an accidental headbutt. The action picked up but it was too late for the young Fernandez. With the win, Parram improves to 5-3-1 (4) while Fernandez falls to 1-1-1.
 
Mike Gavronski, 4-0-1 (3), had an easy night’s work after beating Gerald Taylor, 4-3-1 (2), to win a unanimous decision. Gavronski, 167, landed his right hand throughout the night to keep Taylor at bay. All three judges had it a shutout at 40-36.
 
Making his professional debut in front of his hometown fans, cruiserweight Dimar Ortuz, 1-0 (1), captured a third round TKO over Covan Graham, 0-2. After a cautious first round, Ortuz landed a left hook that stunned Graham in the second round. Graham failed to come out for the third round, citing a knee injury. The official time was: 01 of round three.
 
Sergio Montes de Oca proved to be Antwan Robertson’s Kryptonite by earning a unanimous decision victory. Robertson, who came into the ring with a Superman cape and Superman-styled trunks, had no answers for Montes de Oca’s aggression. Throughout the fight, Montes de Oca committed to the body and landed numerous right hands. All three scores were 40-36 as Montes de Oca improved to 5-1 (1) and Robertson fell to 7-7-1 (5).
 
Looking to continue his win streak after his first loss, Jaime Herrera, 7-1 (4), effectively extended that streak to two after a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Minnesota native Robert Jones. The two slugged it out in the center of the ring with the younger Herrera landing the better punches. In round five, Jones suffered a cut over his right eye which led to a flurry of punches against the ropes by Herrera. Jones, 8-10-1 (3), weathered the storm but still couldn’t deal with Herrera’s youth and aggression. Scores were 59-55 and 60-54 twice.


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