Andrzej Fonfara Meets the Press

By Robert Ecksel on October 16, 2015
Andrzej Fonfara Meets the Press
“He came here to be on American TV. He made a big mistake.” (Harry How/Getty Images)

Fonfara destroyed Chavez in his last fight. He had it coming. We hate kicking a man when he’s down, unless he really and truly deserves it…

On Friday, October 16, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois, in a fight televised live on Spike TV (9 PM ET6 PM PT), light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs), from Chicago by way of Warsaw, Poland, fights former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs) from Cefn Fforest, Wales, United Kingdom.

With his destruction of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in his last fight and his superb but losing performance to Adonis Stevenson a year earlier, Fonfara made the leap from relative obscurity to relative renown based on his grit and destructive nature.

In anticipation of the fight, Fonfara and his trainer, Sam Colonna, recently met with the press via teleconference call.
“We’re taking this fight to another level,” said Colonna. “We know Cleverly can fight. He’s very clever in the ring. So we’re working on more speed, more combinations, more moving on our feet. I know this guy’s not going to stand in front of us like Chavez did.”

Chavez had it coming. We hate kicking a man when he’s down, unless he really and truly deserves it.

“It was a very important fight for me with Chavez,” said Fonfara, “because Chavez has a big name. What he did and what his father did is well known. This was a very important fight for me. This fight helped me go to the next level. And now I’m ready for Cleverly. We chose him because he’s a top world-class fighter. He’s a good technique boxer. I like to fight with a guy who has good techniques. Cleverly’s a good fighter. He has an awkward style and he is a good counterpuncher. I think I’m physically stronger. We’ll see what happens. I want to fight the best guys in the world. I want to fight everybody.”

Cleverly, who was KO’d by Sergey Kovalev in 2013 and decisioned by Tony Bellew 15 months later, was supposed to fight for a title against WBA champion Juergen Braehmer. Instead, he opted to fight Fonfara.

“He chose me,” Fonfara said, “and he’s coming here to fight me because he wants to win this fight and knock me out. He’s a very good fighter. He’s got a lot of experience. He fights a lot of good guys. He was a world champion. He’s got good defense. I need fights like that if I want to be world champion .Maybe I’m more popular and he thinks it’s an easier fight with me? I don’t know. I don’t think like that. I think he came here to be shown on American TV. But I think he made a huge mistake because I’ve prepared well and I want to win the fight.”

Colonna had his own take on Cleverly’s reasoning.

“I think he got offered more money to fight in the US,” he said. “That’s why he chose to fight here. I think that he thinks that in his mind, because we were offered to fight him a few years ago and we decided not to go that route. We decided to go and do our own thing. So deep down inside they feel that they have something on Andrzej and they could possibly win the fight. But that was a few years ago. Now Andrzej’s a different boxer. He’s experienced. He’s sitting down on his punches more. They’re looking at a different animal here than they were a couple of years ago.”

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  1. KB 12:00pm, 10/16/2015

    I saw him school Glen Johnson and Teddy Atlas said his neck was too thin and would be KOd. Teddy is blind. This guy is built like a telephone Pole-pun intended. He is very strong and will wax Cleverly forthwith.

  2. kb 06:17am, 10/16/2015

    Fonfara by brutal stoppage

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:27am, 10/16/2015

    This fight makes no sense for Cleverly…he’s probably having big time second thoughts at this point…..add to that he says that he sees it as bringing him closer to a rematch with Kovalev?! Fonfara is not just stronger than Cleverly….he’s much stronger.

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