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How Much Does Gabriel Campillo Have Left?

(Photo © Miguel Angel De Pablos)
(Photo © Miguel Angel De Pablos)

By Matthew Paras

Heading into a fight with Andrzej Fonfara, light heavyweight Gabriel Campillo is in another familiar situation.
Once again, Campillo will be on the road in foreign territory at U.S. Cellular field. This is the fourth time Campillo, from Spain, will have fought in the United States. The 34-year old boxer has also traveled to Germany, Kazakhstan, Denmark and Argentina for fights.
The fight is also an IBF title eliminator. In his 29 fights, Campillo, 22-5-1 (9), has four title fights under his belt and one previous IBF eliminator. His record in those fights? 2-2-1.
Campillo is no stranger to fighting on the world stage and in different parts of the world.

However, even if there are familiar circumstances surrounding him, there’s an entirely new issue for Campillo to overcome. Two fights ago, Campillo was demolished by Sergey Kovalev in three rounds. The normally crafty Campillo had no answer to the physically stronger Kovalev.
The loss raises the question: Just how much does Gabriel Campillo have left in the gas tank?
“It’s about over half,” Campillo said, jokingly. “[Fonfara] is a good boxer and hard worker but I strongly believe he’s missing talent.”
Reflecting on the Kovalev fight, Campillo said he wasn’t there that night. He attributed that coming to the United States two days before the fight and personal issues with his family were reasons he wasn’t himself.
Campillo now says those issues are now behind him. After a tune-up fight in Spain, Campillo’s focus is entirely on Fonfara. What he has seen of his opponent hasn’t particularly bothered him.
“The best thing about [Fonfara] is that he only has one style,” Campillo said. “He doesn’t go up or down. It is what it is. It’s better for me.
“Can you imagine what will happen with me if he struggled with [Tommy] Karpency?” he asked.
If there is anything that bothers Campillo, it’s the aspect of judging. Throughout his career, the Spaniard has often been on the bad side of decisions. His fights against Tavoris Cloud and Beibut Shumenov were fights Campillo dominated but failed to get the win.
His fight against Fonfara will be at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox and in Fonfara’s hometown of Chicago. In March, Chicago saw two dubious decisions with Donovan George and Adrian Granados getting draws against David Lopez and Kermit Cintron, respectively. Ironically, the hometown fighters suffered the short end of the stick in those decisions.
“If it goes to the scorecards, I’d be very worried about [getting a decision] because it wouldn’t be the first time - or second time,” Campillo said. “I’ll try to finish it by KO.”
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