IL- Tickets for "THE BIG FIGHT 2," at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the
Chicago White Sox, presented by "The Promoters" and "The Illinois Sports
Facilities Authority," (ISFA) will go on sale Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
This historic event marks the return of boxing to the South Side of
Chicago after more than 50 years.
Headlining this memorable night, telecast on ESPN Friday Night Fights,
will be the highly anticipated return of Chicago's Polish Prince, IBO
Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara, battling former world
champion Gabriel "EL Chico Guapo" Campillo of Madrid, Spain in a
scheduled 12 rounder.
featured will be the "Can't Miss" heavyweight rematch of Artur 'The
Pin" Szpilka of Wieliczka, Poland and Chicago's "Merciless" Mike Mollo,
scheduled for ten rounds.
Tickets start at $32 and will go on sale Wednesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. CT through Ticketmaster (www.Ticketmaster.com, phone, 1-800-745-3000), The Chicago White Sox (www.whitesox.com)
the U.S. Cellular Field Box Office and the 8 Count Productions Office,
(312-226-5800.). The ring will be set up behind home plate with the
grandstand serving as a backdrop. Doors on the night of the event will
open at 6 p.m. CT with the first bell at 7 p.m. CT.
are very excited about bringing boxing back to the South Side," said
Kelly Kraft, Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Sports Facilities
Authority. "August 16 will be a memorable night marking a rare
opportunity for fight fans, baseball fans, and Chicago fans to
experience boxing inside a ballpark."
last Chicago baseball stadium professional boxing event took place on
September 25, 1962 at the previous home of the Chicago White Sox,
Comiskey Park. Headlined by the World Heavyweight Championship fight
between champion Floyd Patterson and challenger Sonny Liston, over 260
million viewers worldwide watched 'The Big Fight" in addition to a huge
crowd in attendance.
used to be the greatest fight town in the world and we want to make it
that way again," said Frank Mugnolo, President of Round 3 Productions.
"My father went to the last great fight at Comiskey Park back in 1962
when Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson. Transforming the home of
the Chicago White Sox into a boxing ring once again will bring back a
lot of memories and help create new ones in the annals of Chicago
many years boxing events in ballparks in Chicago and across the country
were commonplace," said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count
Productions. "In our last fifteen years of promoting in Chicago this
most recent period has seen the sport of boxing in its finest hour and
our event at U.S. Cellular Field will truly validate this growing
success. We have put together an excellent card in keeping with what
fans have come to expect at all of our events over the years."
Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing, "My partner, Luis DeCubas
and I are very excited to be working with Round 3 Productions and 8
Count Productions on this history-making event. We wish to thank the
Illinois Sports Facilities Authority for their hospitality and thank
them for their role in bringing big-time boxing back to Chicago."
both feel very privileged to be part of this fantastic event, the likes
of which has not been seen in this great city in decades."
Fonfara- a native of Warsaw, Poland, the 25-year-old, 23-2-0 (16KO's),
has become a longtime Chicago fan favorite amidst the vast local Polish
community since turning professional in 2006.
riding a fourteen bout unbeaten streak and known for his bone crunching
knockouts, Fonfara most recently stopped former world title challenger
Tommy Karpency on November 16 to earn the IBO Light Heavyweight World
made his highly successful ESPN Friday Night Fights debut on July 13,
2012, winning a dominant ten round unanimous decision over boxing legend
Glen Johnson in front of a packed and raucous crowd at the UIC
"EL Chico Guapo" Campillo- 21-5-1 (8KO's), won the WBA Light
Heavyweight World Title traveling to Astana, Kazakhstan on August 15,
2009 and defeating hometown favorite Beibut Shumenov by decision for the
year, Campillo travelled to El Paso, Texas on February18, to challenge
IBF World Title holder Tavoris Cloud. Despite being dropped twice in the
first stanza, Campillo put on a boxing clinic throughout the balance of
the fight, easily beating the champion to the punch on a consistent
basis. However, Cloud kept his title by split decision, stunning many
noted boxing writers watching the bout.
Artur Szpilka and Mike Mollo- Watched
by millions around the world, the first clash between Artur Szpilka and
Mike Mollo on February 1 at the UIC Pavilion was fought in a Rocky 1
like atmosphere with both heavyweights emptying their tanks in front of a
huge "loud and proud" Chicago fight crowd.
being dropped twice by the badly bleeding Mollo, the 24-year-old
Szpilka rallied to halt the Chicago native with a stunning sixth round
knockout, Mollo falling to the canvas at the end of an astounding
display of valor.
Writing in his weekly scorecard ESPN.com's Dan Rafael called the fight a "tremendous, action-packed, bloody battle."
fan favorite in Poland as well as with the massive Chicago Polish
community, Szpilka, 14-0-0 (11KO's), followed up the win over Mollo with
a first round stoppage of Taras Bidenko on April 20 in Rzeszow, Poland.
the course of his career, the 33-year-old Chicago born and raised
Mollo, 20-4-1 (12KO's), has thrilled local boxing fans with brutal
second round knockouts of Kevin McBride and Art Binkowski.
initial fight with Szpilka followed a two and a half year layoff;
however, Mollo has begun training diligently in Chicago for the rematch
with the goal of making a world title run in the near future.
A full undercard for this sensational event will be announced shortly.
U.S. Cellular Field is located at 333 W. 35th Street, one block west of the Dan Ryan Expressway.
event will be presented by "The Promoters"- Round 3 Productions, 8
Count Productions, Warriors Boxing and Ulrich KnockOut Promotions in
association with the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.
8 COUNT PRODUCTIONS/ROUND 3 PRODUCTIONS
Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by
Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest
quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland.
forces with Frank Mugnolo's Round 3 Productions in 2011, their
partnership is currently among the premier boxing promotional firms in
the United States.
currently under the 8 Count Productions/Round 3 Productions banner
include; IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara,
middleweight contender Donovan George, world class junior welterweight
prospect Adrian Granados, former world title challenger Edner Cherry,
super middleweight prospect Paul Littleton, middleweight prospect Viktor
Polyakov and welterweight prospect Jaime Herrera.
For more information on 8 Count Productions/Round 3 Productions please visit their new website, www.8CountProductions.com. Follow them on Twitter at 8 Count and Facebook at "8 Count Productions".
in 2003, Warriors Boxing operates under a simple philosophy-bring the
best boxers in the world to fight fans, match them in competitive bouts,
and in doing so help re-establish the sport of boxing for a new
a series of successful Pay-Per-View shows and packed houses to its
credit, the Warriors business model is working wonders in a sport that
was sorely in need of the innovation and energy that the company brings
to the table.
it comes down to it though, a promotional company is only as good as
the fighters and fights it promotes. Warriors Boxing has delivered on
all fronts, with outstanding bouts such as Lara-Molina, Cayo-Peterson,
Abraham-Miranda I and II, Miranda-Pavlik, Miranda-Green,
Ibragimov-Briggs, Ibragimov-Klitschko, Urango-Hatton, Urango-Bailey,
Cayo-Maidana and Ibraginov-Holyfield.
For more information on Warriors Boxing, visit their website at www.WarriorsBoxing.com.
THE ILLINOIS SPORTS FACILITIES AUTHORITY
Illinois Sports Facilities Authority is the developer, owner and
operator of U.S. Cellular Field, home of the 2005 World Champion Chicago
White Sox. www.isfauthority.com.
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