Undefeated Cruiserweight prospect Fabio Turchi scored an impressive first round knockout over Sami Enbom on Friday night at the Tuscany Hall in Florence, Italy. Turchi put the pressure on Enbom, who took the fight on less than a week’s notice, from the outset. Turchi brought an end to matters with a perfectly placed left hook to the body that sent Enbom down and out on the canvas. Official time of the stoppage was: 1:16 of round one. Fabio Turchi advances to 17-0, with 13 Knockouts. Sami Enbom falls to 18-3, with 10 Knockouts.
Also on this card, in a Jr. Welterweight bout, former European Jr. Middleweight champion Orlando Fiordigiglio scored a controversial ten round unanimous decision over a very “Game” Stephen Danyo. It appeared as though Danyo got the better of the action throughout the fight using angles, lateral movement, and combination punching to dictate the combat. Although Danyo was more effective and landed the cleaner punches of the two fighters in the eyes of this observer, a questionable point deduction in round five against Danyo for what appeared to be an accidental head butt proved to be costly for him as all three judges awarded the decision to Fiordigiglio. Orlando Fiordigiglio advances to 31-2, with 13 Knockouts. Stephen Danyo falls to 15-3-3, with 6 Knockouts.
In the Welterweight division, undefeated rising prospect Alessandro Riguccini scored a first round knockout over veteran contender Ivan Alvarez. Riguccini immediately went in for the finish from the opening bell immediately pressing Alvarez against the ropes and dropped him with a left hook to the body. Although Alvarez was able to get up from the knockdown, the all out assault by Riguccini continued as the unbeaten Italian Welterweight dropped his opponent twice more before the fight was stopped. Official time of the stoppage was: 1:40 of round one. Alessandro Riguccini advances to 23-0, with 19 Knockouts. Ivan Alvarez falls to 28-10-1, with 18 Knockouts.
In the Flyweight division, rising prospect Mohammad Obaddi scored an impressive first round knockout over Jersen Larios. The end came when Larios missed wildly with a left hook and walked into a counter right hand to the head by Obaddi, which sent Larios down and out on the canvas. Official time of the stoppage was 2:57 of round one. Mohammad Obaddi advances to 19-1, with 13 Knockouts. Jersen Larios falls to 7-5, with 3 Knockouts.
In the Middleweight division, former two-time European Middleweight champion Emanuele Blandamura scored a six round unanimous decision over Nikola Matic. Blandamura used movement, timing, and crisp combination punching to out box an over matched, but durable Matic over six rounds. Emanuele Blandamura advances to 29-3, with 5 Knockouts. Nikola Matic falls to 16-41, with 11 Knockouts.
Former European Jr. Lightweight champion Devis Boschiero scored a six round unanimous decision over veteran Yesner Talavera. Boschiero consistently applied pressure on Talavera from the opening bell keeping Talavera moving backward and unable to get into a consistent offensive rhythm over the course of the six round bout. Devis Boschiero advances to 47-6-2, with 21 Knockouts. Yesner Talavera falls to 15-6-1, with 4 Knockouts.
Overall, this card provided a look at some of the rising Italian prospects in promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing stable, which is gradually expanding from its home base in the United Kingdom around the world including branches in the United States and Italy. For fighters like Turchi, Boschiero, Obaddi, and Riguccini to name a few, it will be interesting to see where they each see action next as they all look to advance towards world title contention.
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