Two-time and current WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof "Diablo" Wlodarczyk, a native of Warsaw, Poland, is making his way to Chicago this week in support of his countrymen, Andrzej Fonfara and Artur Szpilka, in their "Big Fight 2" appearances this Friday, August 16, at U.S. Cellular Field.
In a show of true patriotism, Wlodarczyk will be in attendance Friday night when "Chicago's Polish Prince", and fellow Warsaw native, IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara, battles former world champion Gabriel "EL Chico Guapo" Campillo of Madrid, Spain in a scheduled twelve rounder and when Wieliczka, Poland's Artur 'The Pin" Szpilka fights his highly anticipated rematch with Chicago's "Merciless" Mike Mollo over ten rounds.
The Fonfara and Szpilka bouts will serve as the featured attractions at "THE BIG FIGHT 2," a historic outdoor boxing event being held at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, and presented by "The Promoters"- Round 3 Productions, 8 Count Productions, Warriors Boxing and Ulrich KnockOut Promotions in association with the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority. Both Polish fighters will also appear live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Tickets start at $32 and are available through Ticketmaster (www.Ticketmaster.com, phone, (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.).
A proud Polish warrior, Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) was last seen coming off the canvas to stop 2008 Olympian and highly touted challenger Rakhim Chakhkiev in a definite "Fight of the Year" candidate, in June in Moscow, Russia.
The thrilling victory over Chakhkiev was 31-year-old Wlodarczyk's fifth successful title defense of the crown he won in 2010.
This historic event marks the return of boxing to the South Side of Chicago after more than 50 years. 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. U.S. Cellular Field is located at 333 W. 35th Street, one block west of the Dan Ryan Expressway. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6 p.m. CT with the first bell at 7 p.m. CT.
"THE BIG FIGHT 2, ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS AT U.S. CELLULAR FIELD" is presented by Round 3 Productions, 8 Count Productions, Warriors Boxing and Ulrich Knockout Promotions along with the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.
The historic boxing event is headlined by a 12-round light heavyweight IBF World Title Eliminator between "Chicago's Polish Prince" Andrzej Fonfara and former world champion Gabriel "EL Chico Guapo" Campillo.
Also 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.
In a special attraction televised bout, Chicago's Adrian "EL Tigre" Granados will face off against undefeated Mansfield, Ohio's Mark Salser over eight scheduled rounds.
Additional undercard bouts will be announced shortly.
The last professional outdoor boxing event held in Chicago took place over 50 years ago. "THE BIG FIGHT" was held at Comiskey Park on SEPTEMBER 25, 1962 and was headlined by the Heavyweight World Championship between Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson.
U.S. Cellular Field is located at 333 W. 35th Street, one block west of the Dan Ryan Expressway. For this memorable evening the ring will be set up just behind home plate with the grandstand serving as the backdrop. Doors on the night of the event will open at 6:00 p.m. CT with the first at 7:00 p.m. CT.
8 COUNT PRODUCTIONS/ROUND 3 PRODUCTIONS
8 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.
Joining forces with Frank Mugnolo's Round 3 Productions in 2011, their partnership is currently among the premier boxing promotional firms in the United States.
Fighters currently under the 8 Count Productions/Round 3 Productions banner include; IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion AndrzejFonfara, top rated junior welterweight prospect Adrian Granados, former world title challenger Edner Cherry, undefeated middleweight prospects Paul Littleton and Viktor Polyakov in addition to welterweight prospect Jaime Herrera.
For more information on 8 Count Productions/Round 3 Productions please visit their new website, www.8CountProductions.com
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Launched 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 generation.
With 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.
When 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 Ibragimov-Holyfield.
For more information on Warriors Boxing, visit their website at www.WarriorsBoxing.com
THE ILLINOIS SPORTS FACILITIES AUTHORITY
The 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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