Lem Satterfield

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk 199, Giacobbe Fragomeni 198



Polish cruiserweight Krzysztof Wlodarczyk weighed 199 pounds for the sixth defense of his WBC belt, to be held tonight in Chicago against 198-pound rival Giacobbe Fragomeni, the man he defeated for the then-vacant belt by eighth-round knockout in May of 2010.

The event will be on ESPN3 starting at 10 p.m. ET.

A 32-year-old from Warsaw, Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 knockouts) is 11-0-1 with seven stoppage wins since losing the IBF title to Steve Cunningham in 2007.

Wlodarczyk had battled to a draw with Fragomeni (31-3-2, 12 KOs) a year before beating him for the title, which Fragomeni himself had held and then lost to Zsolt Erdei.

In his last fight in June, Wlodarczyk rose from a third-round knockdown and floored previously unbeaten 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev in the sixth, seventh and final stanzas of an eighth-round knockout victory.

Fragomeni, 44, has gone 5-0-1, with two knockouts, since his last meeting with Wlodarczyk, and is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over Toni Visic in July.

For the co-feature, Chicago-based light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (24-2, 14 KOs) and Samuel Miller (26-7, 23 KOs) each weighed 176 pounds.

Fonfara is 14-0 with 11 knockouts since being stopped in the second round by Derrick Findley in July of 2008.


Photo by Janek Skarzynski-AFP/Gettyimages

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