Light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara has a knack for making fun and competitive fights, and Saturday night was no different.
One fight removed from a good showing in a loss to division champion Adonis Stevenson, Fonfara rebounded by outpointing a game Doudou Ngumbu at Chicago's UIC Pavilion. Fonafara won a unanimous decision on judges' scores of 98-92 and 97-93 (twice).
The Polish-born Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs), who fights out of Chicago, was his usual fan-friendly self in the ring by taking nearly as good as he gave. But he overcame a slow start against the awkward Ngumbu (33-6, 12 KOs) by establishing his jab and outlanding his opponent 173 to 110, according to ShoStats.
Ngumbu, 32, a native of the Congo who fights out of France, used his herky-jerky style and a series of wide punches to confuse and stun Fonfara in the early rounds. But the momentum of the bout clearly changed in Round 5 when Fonfara rocked Ngumbu with a left hook, forcing him to retreat into the ropes.
From there Fonfara boxed well in a competitive fight as Ngumbu began to rely more and more on throwing one punch at a time.
Fonfara, who went to the body throughout, closed the show in style with a dominant final round and appeared to hurt Ngumbu with combinations in the final minute.
The victory puts Fonfara, 26, one step closer toward his goal of securing a rematch with Stevenson, whom he rallied against to score a late knockdown before dropping a competitive unanimous decision in May.
Kameda edges Hernandez by split decision
All-action Tomoki Kameda made the third defense of his bantamweight title in a fight that was much closer on the scorecards than it appeared.
Kameda (31-0, 19 KOs), of Japan, overcame swelling and a cut above his left eye to hold off a determined Alejandro Hernandez by split decision. All three judges scored the fight 115-113.
The bout was the second straight in the U.S. for Kameda, who captured his title in the Philippines when he defeated Paulus Ambunda by unanimous decision in August 2013. But he wasn't able to come through with a knockout, despite appearing to get the better of the action throughout.
The durable Hernandez (28-11-2, 15 KOs), of Mexico, continued to come forward throughout in a fight that featured decent stretches of two-way action.
Hernandez opened a cut above Kameda's left eye in Round 9 and poured it on in the closing round. But Kameda controlled the action when he needed to behind his jab and landed the cleaner and harder shots on the inside.
Fortuna KOs Cotto in wild fight
Hard-hitting junior lightweight Javier Fortuna remained unbeaten with a one-punch knockout of Abner Cotto. But it wasn't without more than a few bizarre moments along the way.
Both fighters were docked points in a fight that featured low blows, pockets of action and a few questionable calls from referee Lou Hall.
Puerto Rico's Cotto (18-3, 8 KOs), the cousin of middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, knocked Fortuna down in Round 2 with a punch that clearly landed to the back of his head. But Hall inexplicably ruled both a knockdown and a point deduction from Cotto.
Things took a turn for the worse in Round 4 when Fortuna (26-0-1, 19 KOs), a native of the Dominican Republic, was hit with a trio of low blows, with the third one forcing him to the canvas. Hall decided against taking a point away from Cotto.
After the final bell to end the round, Fortuna swung and missed with what would have been a blatantly late punch. After a delayed reaction, Cotto dived face first to the canvas despite not getting hit, causing Hall to deduct a point from Fortuna.
All of the drama was for not as Fortuna took matters into his own hands in Round 5, connecting flush on a counter left at close range to floor Cotto, who was unable to beat the count.