By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
During the weekend, Italian boxing fans witnessed the unlucky plight of everlasting national star light heavyweight Silvio Branco, who was stopped in ten rounds by WBC champion Jean Pascal in Montreal, Canada. Still, that was not the only action featuring an Italian fighter, as two always-active promoters staged different cards on Italian soil.
Italian light heavyweight hitter Andrea Di Luisa (6-0, 6 KOs) won the first International title of his career on Friday night in Olbia, Italy, stopping local idol Alessio Rondelli (11-1, 6 KOs) in six rounds. The contest was very balanced but Di Luisa’s power in both hands made the difference and forced referee Francesco Rega to stop the action. With the win, former amateur star Di Luisa earns the WBF International title at 175lb.
On the undercard of a show staged by Tonino Puddu, Italian super bantamweight star Simone Maludrottu (30-2, 11 KOs) stayed active with a non-title six rounder and outscored decent Michael Isaac Carrero (9-3-2, 4 KOs) of Nicaragua.
Also in action, former EBU-EU 140lbs champ Michele Di Rocco (26-1-1, 11 KOs) scored a six round decision win over another Nicaraguan fighter, Carlos Winston Velasquez (14-6, 8 KOs) at the welterweight limit.
The show was televised in Italy by Rai Sport Più.
Also on the same evening, in Porto Torres, Sardinia, unbeaten Italian cruiserweight champion Salvatore Erittu (17-0, 6 KOs) retained his title in front of his home crowd by pounding out a ten round unanimous decision over former national champion and veteran warrior Paolo Ferrara (25-15-1, 7 KOs) who fought Francesco Pianeta and Pietro Aurino in his 11-year long career. There were no knockdowns, Ferrara proved every bit as tough but Erittu’s youth and superior boxing skills were evident over the ten rounds.
The card was promoted by Boxe Professional Team.