We are speaking with Andrzej Fonfara, who will be fighting on May 20th. with Anthony Russell for the WBO NABO Championship at UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
- How important is for you your upcoming fight?
Andrzej Fonfara: I will be fighting for WBO NABO Championship so it is super important for me. This will be a challenge for me but also a good opportunity to show myself. And hopefully when I will win the fight I will be on WBO rankings.
- What can you say about your opponent?
AF: His name is Anthony Russell. He was born in Canada but he resides in USA. He had a lot of amateur fight, and has a professional record of won 16 (KO 5) + lost 2 (KO 1) + drawn 1. I saw couple of his fight, but I am not impressed. His foot work is relatively good and he has long hands. And all I can say now is that I am going to impose him with my boxing style.
- How are you preparing for this fight?
AF: As always I am working with Sam Colonna he is my boxing coach. Also I work out with Jerry Owen who is helping me in conditioning trainings and Bo Maciejczykiem who is helping me with strength trainings.
- Did you change anything in your training routines?
AF: I didn’t really change anything because all those training and preparations were effective. So basically I am preparing the same way as always. As far as now I am working out more on technique and boxing trainings.
- What are your plans after this fight?
AF: Right now I am not thinking about future. I am concentrating on my upcoming fight; this is the only thing that I think of. So after I win this WBO NABO championship I will start paining future fights.
- Is Andrzej Golota helping you as he did last time?
AF: (laugh) As I mentioned earlier Andrzej Golota is only giving me some advices, he is not my trainer as some people say. But I have to admit that his tips are very helpful! I would like to invite all of boxing fans to come for my next fight which will take place in UIC Pavilion on May 20th. This time I will be fighting for WBO NABO Championship. Thanks!
Boxingcommunity.org is talking with light heavyweight WBC youth champion Andrzej Fonfara, who is scheduled to fight on January 28 against Adam Jaco. The fight will take place at the UIC Pavalion, Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Jeremy: Hello, how's it going Andrzej? For those who don't know who Andrzej Fonfara is, could you please tell them a little bit about yourself?
Andrzej Fonfara: I was born in Poland, where is started my amateur career. I was training in Legia Warszawa and Gwardia Warszawa. I fought over 120 amateur fights I was Polish champion. So far as a professional fighter I fought 18 fights. Boxing is my life and hopefully in future I will be champion of the world.
- Born in Poland, you currently reside in Chicago, Illinois. What made you decide to start your boxing career here in the United States?
AF: There was couple of factors that made me decide to continue my career in US. One of the Polish businessmen gave me the opportunity to train here, master and learn new techniques. Also I meet my girlfriend here and she just rocked my world. And everybody knows that US is the Mecca of the professional boxing and I think that every fighter would like to come and train here.
- How's training camp going for your fight against Adam Jaco on Jan. 28?
AF: As usual, I was preparing for about 8 weeks with my trainer Sam Colonna. I worked on my power, technique and speed.
- Can you please tell us a little bit about your opponent Adam Jaco?
AF: I will be fighting with Adam Jaco. He's 33 years old from Florida. His record is 9-3-1. He fought a lot of amateur fights; I also know that he won his last 5 fights. He is definitely very experienced fighter and this fight will be a challenge for me but I am looking forward to compete against him.
- Your coming off of 3 sensational wins. 2 TKOs and a KO. How do you feel about that and is there any pressure?
AF: I am satisfied with my pervious fights; I worked very hard to win. The pressure is always on but I always do my best and if there is any opportunity to finish the fight before the time I will surely use it.
We are speaking with Michael Grant (37) (46-3, 34 KO), Tomasz Adamek's opponent (33) (41-1, 27 KO), with whom he will be fighting on the twenty-first of August in the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
- Why are you fighting with Adamek?
MG: This fight is a great opportunity for me to break into the heavy weight game of boxing. Once I beat Adamek I will be back on the map of popular boxing. The Polish boxer said that he is a real heavy weight boxer. I have a lot of respect for him and I am very happy that I have a chance to fight against him.
- Does it make you nervous when Adamek says that this fight with you will be a preparation for him to his fight with one of the Kliczko brothers?
MG: He can say whatever suits him. I am assured that he will not be an easy opponent. I am preparing for this fight as if I were to win it. This will not be a walk in a park for Adamek. I will be the new heavy weight champion.
On August 21, in the friendly confines of the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, where he won four consecutive times, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs), top five heavyweight in the world, will be back versus Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) in a fight that will be televised worldwide on pay-per-view. Why Grant? What are Adamek’s plans for the future? And what were his other options? All will be revealed in this exclusive interview with one of the most exciting heavyweights in the world.
- More than decade ago, Grant was considered one of the new wave of great American fighters. In 1999 he fought Andrew Golota, went down twice but won the fight when Golota inexplicably quit in the tenth round. Did you see this fight?
Tomasz Adamek: Yeah, and a couple more, when Grant fought my recent sparring partner Dominick Guinn or his latest KO win, barely weeks ago. Grant is tough to fight: unbelievable reach, close to 7 feet, around 250 pounds…
- An American version of the Klitschko brothers…
TA: Exactly, this is the idea behind this fight. We were seriously discussing other options: Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr, Hasim Rahman, but in reality none of those fights would prepare me better for the – I hope – inevitable war with one of Klitschkos. Maybe I could earn couple of dollars more using other guy’s popularity, but I’m in this for the long haul, championship in 2011. I needed tests like Grant, because none of my previous heavyweight opponents was like him. It should not be a surprise for anyone that I’m not blindly jumping into any world championship opportunity. Even before Arreola fight, my trainers Roger Bloodworth and Ronnie Shields spoke publicly that I need two more additional fights to be a complete boxer, ready to fight the big guys. I trust my coaches.