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Fonfara, Karpency Ready for Chicago Showdown


By Matthew Paras

Coming off the biggest win of his career over former world champion Glen Johnson, light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara looks to advance his career even further with a win tonight over Tommy Karpency.
Fonfara, 22-2 (12), shined in a decisive victory over Johnson in July and proceeded to call out WBO light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly. However, after that fight failed to come about, Fonfara’s team set their eyes on Karpency for a shot at the IBO title.
“Everybody thinks Karpency’s not a good boxer,” Fonfara said. “I’ve seen him fight. He’s got a good chin. This is a good fight for me. This is a step up.”

The fight again will be at the UIC Pavilion where Fonfara has fought all but twice since 2009. In that time frame, “The Polish Prince” has built quite a following. His last fight against Johnson drew a crowd of almost 4,000, the largest crowd in Chicago since Paulie Malignaggi fought Juan Diaz in a rematch back in 2009.
For his fight against Karpency, Fonfara’s team members have said all ringside seats of $150 have sold out. As revealed at a press conference at the Trump International Hotel, the next level seating was almost sold out as well. At the presser, Karpency said Fonfara’s following adds pressure on him to win.
“For sure, there’s a pressure on me,” Fonfara said. “This pressure motivates me to win this fight. It’s a good pressure.” Despite the added pressure, Fonfara and his trainer, Sam Colonna, worked hard to make sure an upset doesn’t happen.
“Looking at Tommy’s tapes, this is going to be a real tough fight for Andrew,” said Colonna. “This is the fight we need and that will bring Andrew to the next level.”
For Karpency, a fight on the road is nothing new to him. In his previous fight, Karpency went to Wales to fight Nathan Cleverly, dropping a unanimous decision. He also has fought light heavyweight Karo Murat in his hometown of Germany but lost to him by unanimous decision as well.
“Going to my opponent’s hometown is pretty much my only chance,” Karpency said. “I live in a very small town, so where I’m at now, I have to come to his hometown. No one knows me. I’m going to come here. I’m going to fight. I’m going to leave. I’m ready to go.”
When going to an opponent’s hometown, there’s always the factor of getting robbed should the fight go the distance. Karpency, 21-3-1 (14), said he wasn’t worried about the judges heading into the fight. “You see guys worked in and out of their hometowns,” he said. “You can’t worry about the scorecards. You’ve just got to fight your fight.”
Regarding the option of the fight not going to the scorecards, while he has lost three fights, Karpency hasn’t been down in his career. Fonfara, on the other hand, has won nine of his last 10 by knockout.
Is Fonfara predicting a knockout?
“I just want to win this fight. Knockout or decision, I just want to win.”
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