On Saturday, May 16, Rome will be back as the Italian capital of world boxing, thanks to OPI 2000 led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi. At the prestigious Gran Teatro (3,040 seats), WBC world cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1 with 10 KOs), will make his first defense against ‘El Diablo’ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. (41-2 with 31 KOs). Born in Milan on August 13, 1969, Fragomeni is currently the most popular boxer in his country. On October 24, 2008, he won the vacant WBC crown defeating on points Rudolf Kraj. After eight action-packed rounds, the doctor stopped Fragomeni because of a cut; all the judges scored 77-74 in favor of Giacobbe who became champion in front of 3,500 screaming fans. It has to be noticed that Fragomeni sold-out the Palalido after 12 years. That’ s why a sell-out is expected in Rome too.
Born in Warsaw (Poland) on September 19, 1981, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk is a former IBF cruiserweight champion. He won the vacant belt defeating on points Steve Cunningham, on November 26, 2006, in Warsaw. ‘El Diablo’ lost on points the rematch on May 26, 2007, in Katowice (Poland). Since then, Wlodarczyk won four consecutive fights, all within the distance.
In the undercard, two extremely spectacular fighters: former European flyweight champion Andrea Sarritzu (28-4-4 with 11 KOs), and Mexican Adrian ‘ El Confesor’ Hernandez (14-1-1 with 11 KOs).
Three boxers very popular in Rome will be part of the show: superwelterweights Emanuele Della Rosa and Emanuele Blandamura, cruiserweight Andrea Moretti. It’s sure that their fans will buy many tickets to be at Gran Teatro. Also on the card, promising cruiserweight Mirko Larghetti.
The event will start at 7.30 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally by Rai Due starting 11.15 p.m. For tickets go to www.opi2000.com