Lem Satterfield

Krzysztof Wlodarczyk 199, Giacobbe Fragomeni 198

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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

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

 

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