FROM SHOWTIME BOXING ANALYST STEVE FARHOOD
On Saturday, Nov. 1, Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara will headline a SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition at UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
Fonfara proved his toughness in May, when he nearly upset defending WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson in Montreal.
In Chicago, Fonfara (25-3) will battle the Congo’s Doudou Ngumbu.
Poland’s boxing fans may just be the most passionate in boxing. And the fighters have been special, too. Here are the five best Poland-born fighters of all-time.
- Dariusz Michalczewski: Titlist at both light heavy and cruiserweight. Best known as being the second-best 175-pounder during Roy Jones’ reign, but went 48-2 and made 23 successful defenses of the WBO title, and that ain’t shabby. Defeated among others Hall of Famer Virgil Hill, Montell Griffin, and Graciano Rocchigiani.
- Tomasz Adamek: At 37 and still competing as heavyweight. Is 49-3. Reigned as world titlist at both light heavy and cruiserweight. In 2009, stopped countryman Andrew Golota in Lodz, Poland. Bout was billed “Poland’s Fight Of The Century,” and roughly 25 percent of country’s population watched on TV. Always undersized, but all heart, all the time.
- Krzysztof Wlodarczyk: Cruiserweight is 49-3-1 and has been mainstay in division for eight years. Just lost WBC title in September. Has beaten Steve Cunningham and Danny Green.
Question for Vanna: Why hasn’t this fighter’s name been used on “Wheel Of Fortune”?
- Andrew Golota: Where to begin? I’ll try the end: Heavyweight fought for presumably final time in 2013 at age 45. Was talented, enigmatic, and unpredictable. Was twice beating Riddick Bowe, only to be DQ’d in both fights for repeatedly punching low. Beat Tim Witherspoon, drew with Chris Byrd, was stopped in one round by Lennox Lewis, and fought to macabre no-contest with Mike Tyson. Went 41-9-1, and contended for the better part of a dozen years.
- Pawel Wolak: All-action junior middleweight performed like a wind-up toy. Went 29-2-1 and fought for last time in 2011. In that same year, drew with Delvin Rodriguez in strong candidate for fight of year. Finished that memorable brawl with right eye hideously swollen and shut. Beat Yuri Foreman and lost close decision to Ishe Smith.
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Rances Barthelemy defended his IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship against Fernando David Saucedo with a dominating unanimous decision, scored 120-108 by all three judges, Saturday on SHOWTIME from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Continue reading
By Lyle Fitzsimmons | CBSSports.com
Rances Barthelemy isn’t just at his athletic apex.
Instead, the 28-year-old Cuban export insists he’s found even another gear as he enters the homestretch of preparation for this Saturday night’s main event gig on Showtime.
“Right now, I feel I’m in my ultimate prime,” he said, “and I can stay this way for a few more years before I see myself past my peak. There is always room for improvement in boxing. No punch or combination can ever be mastered. It’s a lifelong learning process.”
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Undefeated WBO Bantamweight World Champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda will make the third defense of his title against interim titlist and mandatory challenger Alejandro Hernandez on Saturday, Nov. 1, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT) in the co-feature of a SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition.
In the main event of the tripleheader, popular light heavyweight contender Andrzej “Chicago’s Polish Prince” Fonfara will return to his adopted hometown against experienced veteran Doudou Ngumbu in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown from UIC Pavilion at University of Illinois-Chicago.
In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated super featherweight contender and former Interim WBA Featherweight World Champion Javier Fortuna will take on twice-beaten Puerto Rican Abner Cotto in a 10-round super featherweight bout. The event, titled “The Homecoming,” is promoted by Warriors Boxing. Continue reading
Rances Barthelemy vs. Fernando David Saucedo, Willie Nelson vs. Vanes Martirosyan, and Chad Dawson vs. Tommy Karpency
From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
According to a script that has long since been fed to the shredder, Peyton Manning is flaunting more Super Bowl rings than Eli, and Venus Williams has won more majors than Serena.
Never tell little brothers or little sisters that they shouldn’t dream big.
It was going to be difficult for Rances Barthelemy to outperform his older brother Yan. Rances was a good amateur boxer, but Yan won Olympic gold for Cuba in 2004, and was heavily hyped upon defecting and turning pro.
Fast-forward 10 years: Yan, a bantamweight who’s been inactive since February 2012, has compiled a record of 12-3. Boxing is a most unforgiving sport, and he’s been all but forgotten. Rances, six years younger, is unbeaten IBF super featherweight champion, and will be defending the title against Argentina’s Fernando Saucedo on a Showtime Boxing Special Edition this Saturday night at Foxwoods. Continue reading
“All of us at Showtime are deeply saddened by the passing of Dan Goossen. This news has come as a shock to many of us who knew Dan personally, beyond our collaborative work on boxing events, for decades. We will remember Dan as a passionate advocate for the sport of boxing, a fun-loving colleague and friend,and, above all, a devoutly religious family man. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Goossen family. May he rest in peace.”
— Stephen Espinoza, on behalf of SHOWTIME Sports
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