Light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara, who had a coming-out party in his last fight despite losing a decision to world champion Adonis Stevenson, will be back in action on Nov. 1, and on Thursday he found out whom he would face.
Fonfara will meet Doudou Ngumbu in a 10-round bout in the main event of a Showtime-televised card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Warriors Boxing promoter Leon Margules announced. Fonfara, who is from Poland, lives in Chicago and has developed a fan base there.
On May 24, Stevenson dominated Fonfara for the first seven rounds, including knocking him down in the first and fifth rounds while also opening a cut over his right eye. But Fonfara battled back in a brave display, eventually knocking Stevenson down in the ninth round, giving him a bloody nose and finishing strong.
Although Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs), 26, lost a unanimous decision, he got a lot of credit for his big second half in the biggest fight of his career and added to his reputation as an action fighter.
Margules told ESPN.com that he originally made a deal with representative of Argentina’s Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (35-3, 24 KOs), a former world title challenger, to face Fonfara — who is 15-1 with a no contest since 2008 — but that they reneged. Bolonti instead accepted a fight with former super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute on Dec. 6 in Montreal. That bout was announced earlier this week.
That sent Margules looking for another opponent, and he eventually came to terms with the 32-year-old Ngumbu (33-5, 12 KOs), a native of Congo based in France. Ngumbu, who will be fighting in the United States for the first time, has a limited résumé although he has won two fights in a row. When he stepped up in competition he lost to Nadjib Mohammedi, who later became a mandatory title challenger, and top-10 contender Isaac Chilemba.
The tripleheader will also include bantamweight titlist Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs) of Japan in a mandatory defense against interim titlist Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico.
In the scheduled 10-round opening bout, junior lightweight contender Javier Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs) of the Dominican Republic will face Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto (18-2, 8 KOs), a cousin of middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto.