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Galassi headlines Friday

OPI 2000

On Friday, OPI 2000 the Italian promotional company led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi will stage a terrific show in Bertinoro, in the Emilia Romagna region. In the main event, WBC world flyweight champion Simona Galassi will defend her title against Mexico’s Esmeralda Moreno. It will be the 4th defense for Galassi who won the WBC crown on March 29, 2008 outpointing Stefania Bianchini, then defended it against “The Hawaiian Mongoose” Eileen Olszewski, former champion Bianchini and French tough girl Aziza Oubaita.

During almost three-and-a-half years as a professional, under the guidance of the Cherchis, Galassi built a record of 12 wins (3 inside the distance), 1 draw and 1 no-contest. Defeating Esmeralda Moreno will be just a step toward a fight against WBA/WBO champion Susi Kentikian. Simona wants to unify the major flyweight crowns and dominate the professional scene like she did the amateur one. Galassi was the greatest female amateur ever, winning three world championships (2001-2002-2004), three European titles (2003- 2004-2005) and ending with the phenomenal record of 86 wins and 1 loss (a real theft).

Esmeralda Moreno has a record of 12 wins (5 by KO) and 5 defeats. She won the WBC Youth minimumweight and miniflyweight titles, she is used to fighting high level opposition and never lost inside the distance. The Mexican fighter knows that a win over Simona Galassi would turn her into a star and will give 100% next Friday.

The undercard will provide at least two major attractions on the six rounds distance: former European Union super lightweight champion Michele Di Rocco (26-1-1 with 11 KOs) will face Romania’s Arnold Turos (8-0 with 3 KOs) while unbeaten Spanish hitman Luca Giacon (8 wins all by KO and 1 no-contest) will make his Italian debut against Hungary’s trialhorse Bela Sandor. Giacon is already known on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean having fought three times in Spain and six times in Panama. Since he signed with OPI 2000 he started training with Franco Cherchi, one of the best in the business. Salvatore and Christian Cherchi have big plans for Giacon and Di Rocco.

The other fights will also be inside six rounds and involve lightweight Carel Sandon (11-0 with 4 KOs, he is Sumbu Kalambay’s nephew), super lightweight Michele Focosi (8-0 with 2 KOs), welterweights Antonio Moscatiello (5-0 with 4 KOs, he is nephew of former WBC world cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni) and Ottavio Di Leo (8-0-1 with 5 KOs). The four Italians will face journeymen from Hungary.

All the fights will be broadcast live by Italian network Dahlia Sport 2 starting at 8.00 p.m.




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