Tonight at 9:00 pm EDT on ESPN2, Friday Night Fights its back for its penultimate episode of the 2013 season, with a unique show live from U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, home of baseball's irrelevant White Sox. In the main event, Andrzej Fonfara takes on Gabriel Campillo in a light heavyweight bout, and we'll also see Artur Szpilka and Mike Mollo go at it again in a heavyweight fight.
Fonfara (23-2, 13 KO) is a Polish-born fighter now living in Chicago, and one of the city's most popular pugilists. The 25-year-old made some waves last year when he beat Glen Johnson on Friday Night Fights quite handily, which (briefly) retired the veteran and former champion. Since then, he's beaten Tommy Karpency, by TKO-7 in a competitive fight. He now meets Campillo (22-5-1, 9 KO) in a semifinal IBF light heavyweight eliminator. The IBF belt is currently held by Bernard Hopkins.
Campillo was last seen by most of us losing back-to-back fights in 2012, first in a robbery against then-IBF titlist Tavoris Cloud in February 2012, and then when he was trucked in three rounds by Sergey Kovalev in January of this year. He returned in June with a tune-up win in Spain over a journeyman fighter (read: designated loser).
Szpilka and Mollo had a hellacious battle on ESPN2 in February at the UIC Pavilion. The 24-year-old Szpilka (15-0, 11 KO) is another Polish fighter but not based in Chicago, though like all Polish fighters he does seem to have a following in the city. Mollo (20-4-1, 12 KO) is a local boy from Oak Lawn who has plenty of his own fans in the Windy City, and their first slugfest had a fantastic atmosphere with fans that actually cared what was happening.
Join us tonight at 9:00 pm as we kick off our solid weekend of live coverage, which continues tomorrow with Cleverly-Kovalev (live, 2:00 pm EDT) and Geale-Barker (live, 9:45 pm EDT).