For the first time since 1962, boxing will be featured at a baseball stadium in the Chicago area, and ESPN will be there to cover the action. Below are the details from ESPN Media Zone.
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at U.S. Cellular Field August 16
The last professional boxing event to take place in a Chicago baseball stadium occurred on September 25, 1962 at Comiskey Park when then Heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson lost his belt in a first-round knockout to challenger Sonny Liston.
Former MLB player Ron Kittle, who spent most of his career with the White Sox, will participate in Friday’s “Fight Plan” segment, in which Atlas and a sparring partner outline what each fighter needs to do to win. Kittle, a former left fielder and designated hitter, was named American League Rookie of the Year in 1983. Kittle played for the Chicago White Sox (1982–86, 1989, 1991), the New York Yankees (1986–87), Cleveland Indians (1988) and Baltimore Orioles (1990).
Spain’s Campillo is coming off a fourth-round TKO win over Ionut Ilie, while Chicago’s Fonfara scored a seventh–round TKO win over south paw Tommy Karpency in his last fight. Before that Fonfara won a 10–round unanimous decision over former Light Heavyweight titlist Glen Johnson.
Poland’s Szpilka, a longtime fan favorite with Chicago’s Polish community, is looking to continue his winning ways after a 10-round unanimous decision win over Brian Minto. Chicago’s Mollo is looking to rebound from a sixth-round knockout loss to Szpilka in their first fight.
|Fri., Aug 23||9 p.m.||Argenis Méndez (21-2, 11 KOs) vs. Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs)—12 rounds, Jr. Lightweights||Turning Stone Casino, Verona, N.Y.||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN|