Boxing Preview – Andrzej Fonfara vs Nathan Cleverly

Boxing Preview – Andrzej Fonfara vs Nathan Cleverly

Boxing Preview – Andrzej Fonfara vs Nathan Cleverly

To kick off a packed weekend of Boxing, we have TWO big cards in Chicago and New York. We first turn our attention to the Chicago card going down at the UIC Pavilion. Making his American debut is Nathan Cleverly who is on the road to retribution. He takes on the Polish-born Chicagoan, Andrzej Fonfara.

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Andrzej Fonfara is one of those Boxers who has earned a name and has seen his career take off following a loss. Fonfara took on Adonis Stevenson in May 2014, a bout where Fonfara was expected to fall to Stevenson quickly like all other Stevenson opponents. However a tough Fonfara gave Stevenson one hell of a fight, only losing by decision by two rounds. He then took on Doudou Ngumbu in November 2011, schooling him over 10 rounds to get the decisive unanimous decision. Most recently he took on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, out-boxing him for nine rounds before stopping Chavez Jr on the ninth round. Fonfara’s record stands at 27 wins, 16 stoppages and 3 losses.

Fonfara has made a name for himself by having a big tank, usually meaning he just gets stronger as the fight goes on, seen against Stevenson and Chavez Jr. He has a good reach and height which accompanies his jab power really well. His jab is like a sniper and he really controls the fight well from the outside. Because of his lankiness, he losing rounds when opponents manage to expose his inside and swing away at his body.

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You have to feel for the Welshman Nathan Cleverly. After carving a great resume for himself, going 27 fights undefeated, he was beaten to shreds by Sergey Kovalev which set him off on a spiral of mediocrity. On his journey to retribution, Cleverly stopped Alejandro Valori in July 2014 in the fourth round with relative ease before then being derailed again against Tony Bellew in their second bout, made to look mediocre over 12 rounds losing by decision in November 2014. He most recently made quick work of Tomas Man in May 2015, stopping him in 24 seconds taking his record to 29 wins, 15 stoppages and 2 losses.


Cleverly might be the perfect match for Fonfara as Cleverly has made a career from being a fantastic inside fighter with quick hands. He fights at a great tempo with a high punch output which is really needed to offset Fonfara’s aggressive punching and big tank. Cleverly has simply been too easy to hit since being obliterated by Kovalev and that is bad news against a big puncher like Fonfara.

Nathan Cleverly is very very brave, not only for going to America to take on a difficult opponent like Andrzej Fonfara, but also for taking on Fonfara in his adopted home city of Chicago which is notoriously known for being passionate about their home teams and athletes. Especially since Cleverly has been in a bit of a rut since the Kovalev bout. That being said, he’s clearly confident and sees some holes to exploit in Fonfara. I truly think this fight will be competitive in the first half and it’ll be a battle to get the upper hand. I think the person who wins that battle is Fonfara. I’ve seen him progress into a real threat to the division and 2015 has been a great year for Polish-born fighters. It’s in these latter rounds that I feel Cleverly will let his guard drop in the latter half, allowing Fonfara to really impose his will on the fight, eventually stopping Cleverly late or earning the unanimous decision victory. I like Andrzej Fonfara by stoppage.

Dan Glozier

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