Fonfara vs. Cleverly Preview

By Brian Mazique on October 15, 2015
Fonfara vs. Cleverly Preview
In his last fight, Fonfara became the only man to floor and stop Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara takes on former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly in Friday’s main event on Spike TV…

When Warsaw, Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) takes on former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs) in Friday’s main event of PBC on Spike TV, expect the 27-year-old Chicago resident to be cheered on by a large Polish contingent in the Windy City at the UIC Pavilion.

Fonfara has adopted Chicago as his second home and since the city has one of the largest populations of people of Polish descent, his cheering section should be substantial.

Cleverly seems to know what he’s up against.

According to Sky Sports Cleverly turned down a shot at a world championship to face Fonfara in the US.

“I was presented with the opportunity to fight Juergen Braehmer in Germany for the WBA world title,” he said. “I had my heart set on that fight, I was looking forward to that fight. It was a chance for me to become world champion again. Then my promoter came back to me a few weeks later with the opportunity to fight Andrzej Fonfara in America, in Chicago. So ultimately, I just feel fighting here in America on this big stage, I just feel it was too much of a big opportunity to turn away. I declined the world title fight and I believe this is a bigger fight. It’s probably a more difficult fight but it’s on a bigger platform. It’s in the States and I like fighting here, so let’s do it.”

Cleverly is not known for his power, but he has instead made his mark in the sweet science with his speed and boxing acumen.

But both skills failed him back on August 17, 2013, when he was beaten badly by Sergey Kovalev and stopped in the fourth round. The loss cost Cleverly his WBO title and it appeared to also strip him of some of his confidence. Since the defeat he’s gone 3-1, mostly against marginal competition. The lone loss was a split-decision loss to Tony Bellew on November 22, 2014. The fight with Fonfara is in many ways a return to high-level opposition for the 28-year-old Cleverly.

Make no mistake about it, Fanfare is high level. In his last fight on April 18, Fonfara became the only man to floor and stop Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. While the son of the Mexican legend isn’t exactly the greatest technical boxer, no one will dispute the sturdiness of his chin. The fact that Fonfara dropped and forced him to quit on the stool says something about the Pole’s power. Further validation for Fonfara’s punching prowess could be seen in his May 24, 2014 bout with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson. Fonfara got off the canvas twice and knocked Stevenson down in the ninth round. Stevenson prevailed via unanimous decision, but Fonfara earned himself a measure of respect.

Defeating Cleverly would not only garner him more respect, it just might put him in position for a rematch with Stevenson sometime in the future. Cleverly will be looking for a chance to regain a world title. A win over Fonfara would seemingly push him one step closer to that goal.

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