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Wlodarczyk caps off Fragomeni trilogy with seventh round stoppage

By Matthew Paras


CHICAGO - By the end of their third fight, WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Giacobbe Fragomeni embraced each other with a hug in the center of the ring.

The two fighters previously fought in different cities all over the world, once in Wlodarczyk’s hometown of Poland and another in Fragomeni’s hometown of Italy.  They traveled thousands of miles to fight one final time in Chicago.

Fighting someone that many times creates a familiarity with another and that was on full display at the UIC Pavilion Friday as Wlodarczyk stopped Fragomeni in seven rounds in a one-sided affair. 


Fragomeni was unable to come out for the seventh round after referee Rocky Burke stopped the fight due to a cut under Fragomeni’s eye.

“Every fight when defending the title is a big mental pressure on me,” Wlodarczyk said.

Wlodarczyk, 32, easily out-boxed Fragomeni for most of the fight. The Polish-born fighter established his jab early and used it to push Fragomeni backwards.

The action picked up in round four when Wlodarczyk knocked down Fragomeni. Fragomeni was caught turning his back away coming out of a clinch and ”Diablo”  nailed his opponent with a left hook, causing the knockdown and a cut below Fragomeni’s left eye.

In round five, Fragomeni, 44, gave one last spirited effort. The older fighter connected with left hooks and was able to push Wlodarczyk back at times.

However, it wasn’t enough. Wlodarczyk’s jab was too much of a factor for Fragomeni to overcome and the WBC champion re-established his dominance. Round six was another clear Wlodarczyk round and Fragomeni’s eye continued to swell underneath.

With the victory, Wlodarczyk successfully made the sixth defense of his title. He earned the vacant title with an eighth round stoppage over Fragomeni in 2010. The two battled to a draw for the belt originally a year before.

This was Wlodarczyk’s second fight in Chicago and third in Illinois.  Making his return to the city, Wlodarczyk thanked the Polish fans that came out for his victory.

“Chicago is a great city and they’re wonderful people,” Wlodarczyk said. “I hope this is not the last time I fight here.”

FONFARA STOPS MILLER


There are plenty of ways to answer a foul. Andrzej Fonfara showed the perfect way to do it.

In round two, Fonfara’s opponent Samuel Miller struck Fonfara with a left hook to the back of the head and referee Gerald Scott separated the two fighters.   The action resumed as Miller plodded forward into a crisp left hook.

Miller crumbled to the canvas.

Fonfara scored a second round knockout Friday in just 58 seconds of the round.  Fonfara has now won 13 of his last 14 fights by knockout, the lone exception being a unanimous decision victory against Glen Johnson.

“My corner told me between rounds to put in the left hand, and I used my left hook,” Fonfara said. “It was a thunder punch.” 

The victory marked Fonfara’s second bout of 2013, previously defeating Gabriel Campillo in August. During the first round, Fonfara knocked down Miller with a body shot. Ironically, Miller thought it was a low-blow and pleaded to Scott.

After the win, Fonfara was asked about potential fights with any of the titleholders in the Light Heavyweight division in his hometown of Chicago.

“For me it’s no problem,” Fonfara said. 

REST OF UNDERCARD

Adrian Granados vs. Carlos Velasquez

In a tune up fight, Adrian Granados earned a sixth round stoppage over Carlos Velasquez after Velasquez failed to come out at the beginning of the round.  Granados, 13-2-2 (9), boxed for most of the fight and found his rhythm in the third round.  The 24-year old boxer knocked down Velasquez, 14-8-1 (9), twice with a series of combination in round five.

Jonathan Gonzalez vs. Jaison Palomeque

Super middleweight Jonathan Gonzalez, 17-0-1 (13), returned from an 11-month hiatus to beat Jaison Palomeque by knockout in round five. Gonzalez  scored knockdowns in round one, two, four and five before referee Gerald Scott stepped in at 1:05 of the round. 

Junior Wright vs Harley Killfan

Junior Wright knocked down Harley Killfan four times in route to a third round knockout. Wright sent Kilfan to the canvas twice in round two and finished the job with a series of body blows the following round. The official time of the stoppage was 2:15. 

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