Alan Dawson – London
Light heavyweight campaigner Andrzej Fonfara, a Chicago-based Pole, was drafted in to Danny Green‘s training camp in order to help prepare the cruiserweight for his upcoming attempt to claim Krzysztof Wlodarczyk‘s WBC world championship at the Challenge Stadium in Mt Claremont on November 30, however, since arriving in Australia, he has had to fend off alarming accusations that he is an espionage agent sent by a member of Wlodarczyk’s team.
The spying allegation – that invokes memories of ‘Stepneygate’; a scandal that gripped Formula 1 in 2007 – has been leveled toward Fonfara and is an act the fighter vehemently denies: “I am not spying against Danny Green,” he exclaimed, as reported by Australia’s Daily Telegraph. “Yes, Australians are calling me a spy. I don’t like it. What they are saying is not true. I don’t say nothing. I am here for sparring,” he insisted. “That’s it.”
A 24-year-old dubbed the ‘Polish Prince’, Fonfara (19-2-0, 10ko) and Green had a mutually-beneficial arrangement. Not only would it aid the Australian’s preparations but it would also boost Fonfara’s development as he too is gearing toward his own fight, in December, against Phil ‘The Drill’ Williams. Prior to landing in Western Australia, Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Productions said the trip would represent “true learning experience” that will “help Andrzej as he ascends towards his own world title opportunities in the future.”
The ‘Green Machine’, meanwhile, appeared completely unfazed over the speculation that Fonfara’s involvement in his camp was underhand: “A year or six months ago I would have been fretting, but who gives a f*ck what he’s going to do?” the AAP quote him to have said.
“He ain’t Wlodarczyk and I do tend to fight differently from the way I spar,” added the 38-year-old. “Normally I fight better than I spar so if he tells him everything that’s great because if he’s worried about me instead of worried about what he’s doing, it’s great.”
Green (31-4-0, 27ko) was defeated by Antonio Tarver by way of ninth round retirement in his most recent outing. Despite losing his IBO world title at 200lbs to the American southpaw and spurning enthusiastic rematch offers from Tarver himself, Green maneuvered into a WBC championship fight; a title that is considered one of the four major honours.
The bout will be Wlodarczyk’s third defence of the green belt he initially won from Giacobbe Fragomeni in 2010.