SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2015 – Fight fans enjoyed a three-course meal of tasty boxing dishes Saturday, with something on the menu to please everyone’s taste.
The magic of the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California produced the surprise action fight of the night between Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. and Andrzej Fonfara. Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) won a dominant TKO victory when Chavez Jr. (48-2-1. 32 KOs) retired in the corner after the ninth round.
Fonfara was winning handily on the scorecards. He took it to Chavez Jr. from the start, pressing the action and connecting smartly both to the head and the body. Chavez Jr. could not answer back with any authority. Fonfara said Chavez Jr. had a tough chin and was taking plenty of punishment. “I’m a tough guy, I came into the war and I won this war.”
In the final minute of the ninth round, Fonfara caught Chavez Jr. with an upper cut, setting up a perfect left hook and putting him down for the first time in Chavez’s professional career. Chavez Jr.’s legs folded under him and he went down hard. He got up to finish the round, but did not come out for the tenth round. The boisterous contingent of Polish fans erupted with joy, waving their red and white flags. The disappointed Mexican fans in the house began to whistle and throw beers toward the ring.
Prior to the bout, Julio Caesar Chavez Senior said he didn’t want his son to take the fight. When asked about this after the fight, Fonfara said “His dad’s got 100-something fights… Parents got it right, always.” Fonfara commented that Chavez Jr. didn’t punch like a light heavyweight, he punched like a super middleweight.
Fonfara says he’d now like a rematch with Adonis Stevenson, who beat him last May. As for Chavez Jr., he left the premises in an ambulance to be checked out. He will need to reassess his training and his motivation. It was a tough loss; perhaps more than a fight, an entire career and a family legacy.
Terence Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) stopped Thomas Dulorme (22-2-0, 14 KOs) in six rounds in Arlington, Texas, showing that he’s perfectly at home stepping up in weight to the super lightweight division. Crawford started patiently, and then went to work. He had Dulorme down twice in the fifth round before making it stick in the sixth. So far, Crawford has lived up to the expectations for him.
Who’s next for Crawford? How about Lucas Matthysse, who banged out a solid decision victory over Ruslan Provodnikov in New York. Matthysse (37-3-0, 34 KOs) and Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) traded rounds back and forth through their fight. Matthysse was the busier and more productive fighter, and appeared to be directing the course of the fight. Provodnikov suffered a cut over the left brow from a headbutt early in the fight. He didn’t let it stop him, but there is a psychological impact from seeing one fighter’s face roughed up. Was it the difference? The scorecards were razor thin, with two judges scoring it 115-113, and the third calling it a 114-114 draw. It wasn’t the Fight of the Year candidate everyone predicted, but Matthysse and Provodnikov are never in bad fights.
On the undercard of Chavez Jr. vs. Fonfara, Fabian Maidana, the 22 year old younger brother of Marcos Maidana, won a second round TKO victory over Cory Vom Baur The younger Maidana is now 6-0 with five knockouts and looks every bit as aggressive and dangerous as his older brother.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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