The final press conference for “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3” was held on Wednesday night at Output Lounge Sports Bar in Chicago and all the combatants were respectful and confident ahead of their respective showdowns this Friday night at UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
WBC World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk and challenger Giacobbe Fragomeni, plus “Chicago’s Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara and his opponent, Colombian KO artist Samuel Miller were joined on the dais by promoters and undercard fighters in a well-attended final word from all involved.
Leon Margules (Warriors Boxing)
This is going to be a great show for a number of reasons. First of all, we’ve got Poland’s only current world champion defending his title in a great fight. He and his challenger are here to lay it on the line. I’ve been working with Wlodarczyk for years and that’s what he always does in every fight.
Plus, we’ve got the world’s #1 light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara in action.
Assuming Andrzej gets by Samuel Miller, I predict a big year next year for him. He will be world champion next year, doesn’t matter who he ends up fighting for it. And he will make his HBO debut. I see all great things for Fonfara.
Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk
I’m here to show the world and the fans in Chicago how good I am. I’m here to prove I’m the best, like I did in Moscow in my last fight. Thanks everyone for coming. This is a great city and I’ll see you all on Friday night.
I respect Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. He is a great champion. I am honored to fight in this great city and hope it will be an exciting fight for the fans.
Luis DeCubas (Warriors Boxing)
This is going to be a great night of fights. Both main events feature big punchers on both sides.
We’ve got Poland’s only world champ, plus Andrzej Fonfara, Poland’s next champ. He’s in against a strong guy in Samuel Miller, who has fought a number of tough opponents.
Our main goal right now is trying to get Bernard Hopkins to come here to fight Fonfara. That’s what we’re working on.
Christian Cherchi (OPI 2000)
The first fight was a great one and I’m hoping it’ll be just like that one on Friday. Very exciting for the fans especially.
I had a great camp and thanks to all who helped put the show here. “El Diablo” and Fonfara are both here on one show. Very exciting.
I had a great training camp. I spent part of the time in Big Bear, California and part of the time here. I am ready for my fight with Miller. He is a good fighter and a strong puncher and a tough guy, but I’m going to win. I will be world champion one day.
I know what my job is. I am here to one thing and that is to take away Andrzej Fonfara’s #1 ranking and take his place. That’s the only thing I’m here to do.
As far as my fight against Carlos Winston Velasquez, he’s a durable guy and another tough test for me, but I am sure I will get the W on Friday night.
In the night’s 12-round main event, WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, will attempt to make the sixth defense of his title and complete an epic trilogy of fights with Milan, Italy’s former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Giacobbe “Gabibbo” Fragomeni (31-3-2, 12 KOs).
And in the very special featured bout, IBF #1 Light Heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 14 KOs) has agreed to a very dangerous test against La Habra, California, via Colombia KO artist Samuel Miller (26-7, 23 KOs).
In support of the two main events will be an eight-round light welterweight match-up between Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (12-2-2, 8 KOs) of Cicero, Illinois via Mexico, and Carlos Winston “El Guerrero” Velasquez (21-17-1, 11 KOs) from Managua, Nicaragua;
An eight-round light middleweight bout between Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (16-0-1, 13 KOs) of Puerto Rico and Jaison Palomeque (14-7-1, 9 KOs) Arpartado, Colombia;
A six-round middleweight battle involving Henry “The Western Warrior” Coyle (18-2, 12 KOs) of Chicago, via Geesala, Ireland and Skyler Thompson (12-9, 10 KOs) of Rockford, Illinois;
A six-round middleweight bout between Paul “The Punisher” Littleton (8-0-1, 4 KOs) of Chicago and Troy White (5-2 -1, 1 KO) of Saint Louis, Missouri;
A six-round cruiserweight bout pitting “Hurricane” Junior Wright (8-0, 7 KOs) of Evanston, Illinois against Harley Kilfian (10-13, 8 KOs) of Kenton, Ohio;
A five-round middleweight rematch between Trinidad Garcia (5-3-3) of Chicago and Ramiro Bueno Jr. (2-3-1 1 KO) of South Bend, Indiana;
And a four-round lightweight opener between Jose Romero (1-0) of Whiting, Indiana, and Fred Bowen (1-1-1) of Jackson, Tennessee.