ESPN has announced an enriching fight bill that will be closing out their 2012/2013 boxing calender. On August 16th at the US Cellular Field Polish boxing sensation Andrej Fonfara (23-2-0 13 KO’s) takes on lanky Spainyard Gabriel Campillo (21-5-1 8 KO’s) in a twelve-round Light Heavyweight tussle with the IBO championship on the line. Co-Headlining the show is Chicago based Italian American Mike Mollo (20-4-1 14 KO’s) looking to upset young Southpaw Artur Szpilka (14-0-0 11 KO’s) in a rematch of their thrilling February Heavyweight battle. Also, rowdy Mexican brawler Adrian Granados (11-2-2 7 KO’s) takes on Ohio’s Mark Salser (15-0-0 9 KO’s)
I cannot express enough my loving of this kind of fight card. Every fight has so much on the line including world title contention and local pride In the main event you have an aging veteran in Gabriel Campillo. Campillo has fought nearly every formidable foe at Light Heavyweight. Most feel he should have beat then-IBF champion Tavoris Cloud in their 2012 scrap although lost a highly controversial Split-decision. Having that loss backed up by a devastating KO to Russian “Krusher” Sergey Kovalev it’s time for Campillo to put up or shut up in the means of his boxing career.
Fonfara is different; the 25 year old Polish born fighter is coming off hard-earned victories to Tommy Karpency and Glen Johnson. At this point; he too needs to make a statement to prove he can thrive past the domestic stage. His crisp boxing and quick right hand has managed to silence many critics over time. Retaining the IBO title against a true contender would give him a cut of the top 10 at Light Heavyweight; he would become more than just another “beltholder”.
The co-feature presents a similar feat. Mike Mollo is a fan-loved warrior who comes into a bloody war each and every time he walks into the ring. In his last fight with Szpilka he showed amazing will power in flooring the undefeated Heavyweight twice and taking a strong foothold on the scorecards of most observers — and he was coming off a two year layoff! Well rested and recovered Mike Mollo needs a win after this thorough training camp to have his career taken seriously once again.
Artur Szpilka is coming off some big wins; as is his Polish compatriot Fonfara. Facing a more experienced yet less-primed foe Szoilka will have to drill the pace early — hoping to demoralize the veteran as early as possible. Szpilka has scored finishes on or before the forth round the fourth round in 14 of his professional fights. If he can pump out the left hook and score that same kind of victory against his toughest opponent — Szpilka’s career will be in good shape.
Finally, opening up the televised card in an eight-round attraction undefeated Mark Salser will look to keep his undefeated record alive against an upset-minded Adrian Granados. Granados is coming off a draw with Puerto Rican born crowd-pleaser Kermit Cintron that most thought he won. In that account he needs a victory over Salser to prove his own worth. In that same token many thought Salser lost his last fight — a split decision over the now rebounded contender Chris Howard.
Tickets are available now! Go to Ticketmaster for more details and tune into the spectacular fight card on ESPN 2 August 16th.