Poland's Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Italy's Giacobbe Fragomeni renew their rivalry tonight at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, headlining a night of action that will be televised by ESPN3 (stream available at WatchESPN). In the co-feature, light heavyweight contender and Chicago favorite Andrzej Fonfara will face Samuel Miller.
Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KO) has been a top cruiserweight for years now. He and Fragomeni (31-3-2, 12 KO) first met in 2009, when they went to a draw in Rome. They fought again in 2010, with Wlodarczyk scoring an eighth round TKO win in Lodz, Poland.
Since then, Fragomeni has gone 4-0-1, including a pair of surprisingly exciting fights with Silvio Branco, and the 44-year-old Italian is taking one last crack at a major title, as Wlodarczyk's WBC belt will be on the line. Wlodarczyk hasn't lost since 2007, and this will be his first fight in the United States since his last trip to Chicago in 2005, when he was far from a headline act in a six-round bout.
Fonfara (24-2, 14 KO) is an entertaining 175-pound contender who's looking first and foremost to stay busy tonight against Colombian veteran Miller (26-7, 23 KO). You may recall Samuel Miller as an intriguing young puncher before he lost a terrific fight to Darrell Woods on ESPN Friday Night Fights in 2007, followed by a loss to Brian Vera. He's settled into a role as a journeyman, but he still packs a punch, and Fonfara has some vulnerabilities. That said, Miller, 34, is a natural middleweight who's never fought seriously above 168, and the last time he faced a good opponent, Marco Antonio Periban smoked him in two rounds this past March.
Also in action will be another Chicago favorite, Adrian Granados (12-2-2, 8 KO). He'll face Carlos Winston Velasquez (21-17-1, 11 KO) in an eight-round junior welterweight fight.