Originally announced back in June, the upcoming fight between former Andrzej Fonfara and former WBO champion Nathan Cleverly will take place on October 16th in Fonfara's native Chicago, according to the Polish standout.
Fonfara's (27-3, 16 KO) stock has never been higher, courtesy of his nine-round drubbing of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in April. He'd faced and lost to Adonis Stevenson a year prior, though he did manage to drop "Superman" late and put an end to the WBC champ's ten-fight knockout streak.
Cleverly (29-2, 15 KO), who was originally pursuing a fight with WBA champion Juergen Braehmer, returned to light heavyweight (well, technically, within five pounds of light heavyweight) earlier this year after his three-fight run at cruiser ended with a loss to domestic rival Tony Bellew. He smashed designated warm body Tomas Man in twenty-four seconds, making this a teeny bit of a step up for Clev.
Overall, it's a solid matchup of men who, amusingly, have both decisively beaten upcoming Adonis Stevenson foe Tommy Karpency. After his losses to Kovalev and Bellew, Cleverly needs a win here to prove that he's still relevant in the division, while Fonfara may be able to leverage this and the Chavez finish into a rematch with Stevenson.
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