Outdoor Boxing Match Puts Sock Into Sox Park
By Kiratiana Freelon on June 11, 2013 2:18pm
ARMOUR SQUARE — Tickets go on sale Wednesday for an outdoor boxing card at U.S. Cellular Field, the first match at a Chicago baseball stadium in 50 years, promoters say.
The Aug. 16 event is headlined by IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Andrzej Fonfara — described as "Chicago's Polish Prince" — battling former world champ Gabriel "El Chico Guapo" Campillo of Spain.
The boxing ring will be set up behind home plate, organizers said.
According to the promoters, the last baseball stadium boxing match in Chicago was on Sept. 25, 1962, when Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the second round at Comiskey Park. An estimated crowd of about 35,000 attended.
Wrote a Sports Illustrated reporter at that fight: "At first, the fans regarded the bathetic outcome in truculent silence; then, baffled and disgruntled, they spilled into saloons and living rooms complaining like mutinous lascars."
The Aug. 16 fight will be presented as part of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights."
"Chicago used to be the greatest fight town in the world, and we want to make it that way again," promoter Frank Mugnolo of Round 3 Productions, said in a statement. "Transforming the home of the Chicago White Sox into a boxing ring once again will bring back a lot of memories and help create new ones in the annals of Chicago boxing."
Fonfara, 25, a native of Warsaw, Poland, who is said to be known for his "bone-crunching knockouts," is a fan favorite in Chicago's Polish community.
Tickets start at $32 and go on sale at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and whitesox.com.