It certainly wasn't the sort of main event that Showtime subscribers pay to see, but Andrzej Fonfara returned with a solid comeback win over Doudou Ngumbu tonight at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, winning on scores of 97-93, 97-93, and 98-92 over eight rounds, coming back from a slow start to get the clear victory.
Fonfara (26-3, 15 KO) was caught by some left hooks from Ngumbu (33-6, 12 KO) in the first couple of rounds, and Ngumbu found a home for a right hand, too, as the fight progressed. But the 26-year-old Fonfara got his own offense going after those first pair of rounds, too, and looked the stronger and heavier-handed man over the course of the fight, even though Ngumbu was never truly out of it, and never faded out or gave away rounds.
BLH also had it 97-93 for Fonfara, who was fighting for the first time since a very competitive loss to WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson in May.
Fonfara landed 173/558 (31%) of his punches in the fight, including 46/247 (19%) jabs and a healthy 127/311 (41%) of his power punches. Ngumbu was less active, but had some success, scoring on 110/343 (32%) of his punches, including 12/85 (14%) jabs and 98/258 (38%) power shots.