Chicago will play host to a Showtime-televised triple-header on November 1 from the UIC Pavilion, with a hometown hero returning to action in one of the two main events, the other a world title fight featuring one of the bantamweight division's most exciting fighters.
Andrzej Fonfara (25-3, 15 KO) will return home to the Windy CIty to take on veteran Doudou Ngumbu (33-5, 12 KO) in a bounce-back bout following Fonfara's gritty loss to WBC light heavyweight champ Adonis Stevenson in May. The 26-year-old Fonfara is probably Chicago's most popular boxing attraction right now, and he's become a TV favorite, too. Before his loss to Stevenson, he hadn't been defeated since 2008.
Ngumbu, 32, was born in Congo and now fights out of France. This will be his first fight on U.S. soil.
The main reason for most fight fans to tune in, though, will be 23-year-old Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19 KO), who will defend his WBO bantamweight title against mandatory challenger Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KO). Kameda looks more and more like he will become -- or already is -- the best fighter of his famous family, which includes brothers Koki and Daiki. Nicknamed "El Mexicanito," Kameda signed with Al Haymon in July, following his pre-PPV win on Showtime on the Canelo-Lara card, where he thrashed Pungluang Sor Singyu.
Hernandez, 28, doesn't have a shiny record, but he's a tough, capable fighter with three straight wins. He'll certainly be the huge underdog in this fight, but he can be expected to battle.
Another recent Haymon signee will be in action, too, as super featherweight prospect/contender Javier Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KO) will take on Abner Cotto (18-2, 8 KO) in a fight set for 10 rounds. Fortuna, a 25-year-old Dominican southpaw, has looked scintillating at times and pedestrian at others. Cotto, 27, is a former prospect who has been "exposed" in fights with Omar Figueroa (KO-1) and Francisco Vargas (UD-10), accounting for both of his losses.