By Bob Mutter, Special to the Tribune 7:43 p.m. CDT, August 15, 2013 The last time a boxing ring was set up in old Comiskey Park, no one on this side of the Atlantic had heard of the Beatles, who would visit the White Sox's ballpark three years later. Friday night Chicago favorite Andrzej Fonfara meets Gabriel Campillo in a 12-round light heavyweight fight at the Sox's current home, U.S. Cellular Field, in the first ballpark fight in Chicago since Sonny Liston's first-round knockout of heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson for the title in 1962. The card also features a rematch of February's slugfest between local heavyweight Mike Mollo and rising Polish star Artur Szpilka. Before their match, the Liston-Patterson bout will be shown on the park's video screen.
The first Szpilka-Mollo fight, which Szpilka won in the sixth round, featured multiple knockdowns and plenty of blood as one of the most brutal in Chicago. Fonfara might be stripped of his IBO light heavyweight championship for taking this fight, which could lead to an IBF title fight with Bernard Hopkins. "I don't feel pressure," Fonfara said. "It's more like motivation." Though he trains a few blocks from the ballpark in a traditional boxing gym, he has altered his routine to include more work outdoors. Campillo, a former WBA light heavyweight champion, said he is not training differently for this fight but he thinks he might need a knockout to win in Fonfara's adopted hometown. "If it goes to the cards," Campillo said, "I'm very worried about it." Fonfara, also from Poland, "is a good boxer, a hard worker," Campillo said, but he added Fonfara is not in his class. Also featured will be a junior welterweight eight-rounder between Adrian Granados of Chicago and Mark Salser of Mansfield, Ohio and a junior welterweight match between Kristin Gearhart of Oak Park and Mara Marquez of Southgate, Michigan. It will be Gearhart's first pro bout after seven Chicago Golden Gloves titles. The card will be shown on ESPN2 in a three-hour edition of its "Friday Night Fights."