|Friday Night Undercard Results From Chicago
By Debbie Duran at ringside (July 15, 2008) Doghouse Boxing
My husband tells me this right before we walk through the doors of the Aragon Ballroom on Friday night: "Just as much as a card peppered with Latin fighters and viewed by Latin fans is liable to be a celebration in regional pride and positivity, the same applies to Polish fight fans in Chicago."
Dude, ya think?
ESPN2's coverage of Friday night's edition of, you guessed it, ‘Friday Night Fights’, was thick with savvy in shining light on co-features (to the Tomasz Adamek vs. Gary Gomez main event) involving Polish fighters and local favorites of the Chicago area. Smart money? Oh, yeah. Co-promoters Main Events and 8 Count Productions put on more than a show. They put on a show that any fight fan, regardless of geography, could appreciate. And most who didn't come just to celebrate Adamek were rewarded for getting into the doors bright and early with a damn fun undercard that was accented by a fight that copiously puked watchability in middleweights Derrick Findley, 12-2 (7), vs. Andrzej Fonfara, 10-2 (3).
Myth vs. Might
Nearly (and arguably probably) no one outside of Chicago knew how cool this fight would be and, sadly enough, how much heart comes from youth. The local Polish fave, Fonfara had a plan and went forth. Gauging pace and distance with a sharp left and the need to headhunt, Fonfara was looking forward to an easy night's work and Findley had the perfect style and the near-perfect record to capitalize (should Fonfara win). It's just too bad that Fonfara took himself too seriously. Happens to the best of us. And don't think I'm saying "Superman" is less capable than Fonfara. Not true. He knew how to adjust and apply in the heat of the moment and made the fight his to control after only one round fought (and quickly at that).
Findley would deck Fonfara twice en route to a second round stoppage. His ally? Common sense. Styles make fights? All true.
Wach, Wach. Boose there?
Heavyweight Mariusz Wach, 17-0 (8), that's who. Height, power and distance were also at the door and, unfortunately, Eric Boose, 14-3-1 (8), answered right before succumbing to a hard, hard seventh round stoppage to all of the above...oh, and a couple of big right hands too. Boose had some inside moments but not enough to fend off the inevitable.
In an ugly, styleless brawl between two young undefeated super middles, Gerald Taylor. 4-0-1 (2), beat Walter Foster, 3-1 (3) featured more knockdowns, in four rounds, than a domino track competition. The judges' official scores were 40-32 and 39-33 twice, in favor of Taylor. Mine was 40-negative 190 (give or take a round).
He didn't know what hit him
But cruiserweight Quinton Smith, 2-4, sure knew it hurt when Deividas Nekrasas, 4-0 (4), waylaid him halfway through the first round of their scheduled four-rounder....or did he? Come on, Chicago fans! Talk to me! If that punch was hard enough to take out Smith then Glass Joe is somewhere hysterically laughing his ass off.
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Undefeated super middleweight Piotr Wilczewski, 19-0 (6), took out journeyman Thomas Reid, 35-23-1 (13), in two.
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