- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Last August, light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara knocked out former titleholder Gabriel Campillo at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago in what was the main event of an entertaining card -- the first outdoor pro boxing event in Chicago since the Sonny Liston-Floyd Patterson heavyweight title fight took place at old Comiskey Park in 1962.
Fight fans won’t have to wait that long for another outdoor event as U.S. Cellular Field -- home of the Chicago White Sox -- will host a boxing card for the second summer in a row.
Topping the Aug. 23 bill will be Chicago’s own Donovan George, who will take on Dyah Davis of Coconut Creek, Florida in a 12-round super middleweight bout for a minor title.
“Fans want great fights, and for many years Donovan has been featured in numerous battles that have earned him the respect of boxing fans in Chicago and throughout the country,” said Frank Mugnolo of Round 3 Productions. “We’re planning a very special evening at the ballpark again this year and putting together a terrific night of boxing for the best fight fans in the world.”
George called fighting on such a card “a fantastic opportunity. I’ve stayed busy in the gym since my last win on April 18 and will be well prepared for victory against Davis at the ballpark.”
George (25-4-2, 22 KOs), 29, is just 3-3-1 in his last seven fights, but his losses have been to good opponents (including Adonis Stevenson, who later won the world title) and he has always been a crowd-pleaser.
Davis (22-4-1, 10 KOs), 33, is 1-2 in his last three bouts, but has also lost to top opponents, including Sakio Bika (who later won a super middleweight world title) and James DeGale (an Olympic gold medalist and now a mandatory challenger for a super middleweight world title).
Davis is the son of 1976 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis Jr.