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Fonfara Wins by TKO in Bizarre Fashion

By Matthew Paras at ringside

CHICAGO - In a bizarre twist of events at the UIC Pavilion, light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara, 23-2 (13), earned a seventh round technical knockout win Friday night after Tommy Karpency, 21-4-1 (14), failed to get off the canvas, citing a shoulder injury..

Karpency opened round seven with a flurry of punches that appeared to stun the Chicago favorite, Fonfara. However, the two tied up and ended up falling to the ground. When on the canvas, Karpency told referee Pete Podgorski he couldn’t continue.

Podgorski called the fight and after minutes of chaos, ring announcer Thomas Treiber announced a TKO victory for Fonfara (who took home the IBO belt in the process) 57 seconds into the round.
“He got tired, went down and then didn’t want to fight,” Fonfara said afterward. “He said he didn’t want to fight in round seven and that’s it.” When the decision was announced, Karpency’s corner was in disbelief. Since the injury came on a foul, Karpency’s corner wanted Fonfara to be disqualified.
“I hit the ground and felt my right shoulder go bad,” Karpency said. “I couldn’t even pick my arm up. I guess I shouldn’t have said that because the ref said it’s an automatic TKO if I can’t go. I should have waited.”
Up until that point, there was high drama on display in front of a crowd of 4,224. Fonfara knocked down Karpency twice in the opening round, once with a right hand against the ropes and then moments later with a barrage of punches.
In the next two rounds, Karpency started working his way back into the fight. His southpaw stance gave Fonfara trouble as Karpency repeatedly caught him with a straight left or a right hook. Fonfara also told the Chicago Sun-Times he had broken his right hand in round two.
The pace slowed in the middle rounds. Both fighters tried to box in the center of the ring where both had their moments. Fonfara had success with his jab but Karpency did the majority of the work.
“He dropped me in the first round. This wasn’t my first time being down but you saw me get back up and bring it on for six more rounds,” Karpency said. “I was there. I thought I won just as many or more rounds than he did.”
At the time of the stoppage, two judges scored the fight 57-55 for Karpency and the third scored it 57-55 for Fonfara. Maxboxing saw the fight 57-55 for Fonfara.
“I wish him all the best and hopefully we can do it again sometime,” Karpency said.
Chicago welterweight prospect Luis Santiago, 6-0 (1), had his hands full in the first fight of the evening as he won a unanimous decision over Robert Jones, 8-11-1 (3). Santiago got off to a strong start but appeared to be fading down the stretch. Judges had the fight 58-56 and 59-55 twice.
A chopping right cross crushed Carl Davis, 231¾, to the canvas as Ritchie Carmack, 322¾, remained undefeated with a first round knockout. With the win, Carmack improves to 12-0 (10) and Davis falls to 16-5 (12). The official time was 1:05.
In a battle of undefeated super middleweights, Paul Littleton, 5-0-1 (4) , won a unanimous decision over Michael Williams, 2-1 (2), by scores of 58-56 and 59-55, twice. Littleton, a former Chicago Golden Gloves winner, was in control throughout by outboxing his taller opponent. 
Chicago welterweight Jaime Herrera returned to the ring and earned a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Patrick Boozer by scores of 58-55 and 59-54, twice. Herrera, 9-2 (4), marched forward and landed the better punches. Boozer, 5-1 (2), was docked a point for holding in the sixth round by referee Genaro Rodriguez.
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