Cruiserweight contender Fabio Turchi scored a lopsided ten round unanimous decision over a very “Game” Nikolajs Grisunins on Friday night at the Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy. What was a very tactically paced bout, Turchi’s compact combination punching and ability to pace himself and pick his shots became the story of the tight. Turchi appeared to break Grisunins’ nose early on in the fight with a jab, but Grisunins managed to make it to the final bell of the ten round bout. Turchi was cut over the right eye in round seven as a result of an accidental clash of heads, but was not discouraged and maintained his pace to earn a unanimous decision. Fabio Turchi advances to 18-1, with 13 Knockouts. Nikolajs Grisunins falls to 12-2-1, with 5 Knockouts.
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In the Welterweight division, for Italian Welterweight champion Dario Morello outworked late replacement Nestor Maradiaga to earn a convincing eight round unanimous decision. Dario Morello advances to 16-1, with 2 Knockouts. Nestor Maradiaga falls to 8-9-1, with 4 Knockouts.
Former two-time Italian Featherweight champion Francesco Grandelli scored a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over veteran Cristian Narvaez. Grandelli consistently pressed the action throughout and kept Narvaez on the defensive in what was a relatively uneventful and formulaic bout. Francesco Grandelli advances to 14-1-1, with 2 Knockouts. Cristian Narvaez falls to 16-23-5, with 1 Knockout.
In a Super-Middleweight bout , undefeated prospect Ivan Zucco scored a one-sided fourth round stoppage of Pavel Zgurean. From the opening bell, Zucco landed just about every variety of offense one could think of to the head and body of Zgurean and had particularly success in landing straight punches to the head as well as uppercuts. The battering came to an end at the beginning of round four when the fight was stopped by the ringside physician as it appeared Zgurean might have suffered an injury to his mouth. Ivan Zucco advances to 12-0, with 10 Knockouts. Pavel Zgurean falls to 7-5, with 2 Knockouts.
Unbeaten Middleweight prospect Mirko Natalizi opened the evening with a dominant fourth round stoppage of a “Game “, but overmatched Frane Radnic. Natalizi rocked Radnic with a straight left hand early in round one and then dropped him with another straight left to the head later in the round. In round two a combination of punches sent Radnic down for a second time. Although Radnic did not have much punch resistance, he continued to get up. A third official knockdown followed in round three before Radnic was knocked down for a fourth time as the bell rang to end the round. Though the fourth knockdown was not ruled officially as it technically came after the bell ended round three, the bout was mercifully halted as the bell rang to begin round four as Radnic remained in his corner. Mirko Natalizi advances to 8-0, with 5 Knockouts. Frane Radnic falls to 11-19, with 10 Knockouts.
This was the first card for promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing Italian promotional branch in association with Italian promoter OPI Since 82, in several months due to the ongoing global COVID-19 epidemic that hit Italy particularly hard earlier this year. While this card above all represents the first step in trying to resume Boxing cards regularly in Italy and more specifically, an attempt to resume the momentum that Matchroom and OPI have been able to build over the last year or so by regularly promoting Boxing events that have been broadcast globally by digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN, including much needed exposure here in the United States. The ongoing challenge much as it has been throughout the entire sport since the epidemic began will be being able to stage cards regularly as the circumstances of COVID-19 continue. As we have seen here in the United States and elsewhere, with this card taking place behind closed doors, at least it is a step forward.
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