By Paolo Consiglio
Italian super featherweight Devis Boschiero (24-0, 11 KOs) remained undefeated by scoring an impressive fifth round TKO over Francisco Nohales (19-11-5, 8 KOs) of Spain to retain the European Union title yesterday evening in Rovigo, Italy. What looked on paper to be an intriguing test for the rising 27-year-old titlist turned out to be a rout as the usually durable challenger simply had no answer for his superior strength and speed.
Boschiero set the tone in the opening round closing the distance and staggering Nohales with perfectly-timed right hands on top. With a handful of seconds remaining in the second stanza, the Italian swarmed over his ougunned opponent and had him badly hurt but couldn’t finish him off as the French referee Jean-Francois Toupin thought he heard the bell and stopped the action prematurely. Boschiero got right back to business in the third but seemed to coast in the following session with Nohales finally able to find the right distance to land a few decent shots.
The challenger’s success turned out to be very short lived as Boschiero wobbled him with a left hook at the beginning of the fifth session. The subsequent flurry of punches had Nohales on queer street and hanging on with his right glove over the top rope, forcing the ref to wave it off. A former EU titlist at 135 lbs, Nohales had never been stopped before.
On the undercard, supermiddle Simone Cattin made his pro debut a successful one outpointing Alexandru Petrica (0-10) of Romania over four rounds.
Boxe Forte Venice promoted with Raisportpiù televising the main event live in Italy.