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Andrzej Fonfara 176, Doudou Ngumbu 175.5


Light heavyweights Andrzej Fonfara and Doudou Ngumbu weighed 176 and 175.5 pounds in advance of Saturday’s main event at Chicago’s UIC Pavillion.

The Showtime co-feature matches RING No. 9-rated bantamweight Tomoki Kameda in defense of his WBO belt against Alejandro Hernandez.

Fonfara (25-3, 15 knockouts) brought a run of 15 straight victories, 12 by knockout, into his last fight, a unanimous-decision loss to RING champion Adonis Stevenson, whom Fonfara dropped in the ninth. Prior to that he had last suffered defeat against Derrick Findley by second round stoppage in July 2008.

Ranked No. 9 as a 175-pounder by THE RING, the 26-year-old Fonfara will be making his 14th appearance at the UIC Pavilion.

Ngumbu (33-5, 12 KOs), 32, will be fighting on American soil for the first time and is coming off a unanimous decision over Johnny Muller in June. He als0 owns unanimous-decision victories over former title challengers Vyacheslav Uzelkov and Aleksy Kuziemski.

Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs) and Hernandez (28-10-2, 15 KOs) weighed 117.5 and 118, and junior lightweights Javier Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs) and Abner Cotto (18-2, 8 KOs) were 129.5 and 130.2,

Kameda was last in action on July 12, celebrating his 23rd birthday with a left-hook body shot that dropped and stopped Pungluang Sor Singyu at the 1:35 mark of the seventh round. It was the first knockout loss for Sor Singyu and the U.S. debut for Kameda, who later signed with advisor Al Haymon.

Hernandez, 28, has won three straight fights since falling by unanimous decision to Akifumi Shimoda last September and is coming off a unanimous decision over Daniel Rosas in June.

Fortuna, 25, is coming off a unanimous decision over Juan Antonio Rodriguez in May and Cotto, 27, a split decision win over Jerry Belmontes in August to rebound from a loss to Francisco Vargas in March.

Below are the rest of the weights from the 12-fight card.

Caleb Truax 166.5 vs. Scott Sigmon 160

Koki Kameda 115.2 vs. Omar Salado 116

Jamal James 145.5 vs. Cameron Kreal 147

Demond Nicholson 160.5 vs. Lekan Byfield 159.5

Eddie Ramirez 142.5 vs. Manny Brown 141.5

Semajay Thomas 144 vs. Paul Pindroh 143

Jose Felix Quezada 137.5 vs. Alfred Hall 142.5

Alex Martin 145.5 vs. Travis Hartman 148.5

Adam Kownacki 250 vs. Jamal Woods TBA