By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Photos by Marco Chiesa
Giulian Ilie (17-4-2, 4 KOs) of Romania has become the new IBF International Cruiserweight Champion, after scoring a split decision win over the rough stablemate, Cristian Dolzanelli (16-2-1, 10 KOs) last Friday at the Local Sport Hall in Rezzato, Italy. It was a stunning upset, unheralded warrior Ilie outscored favorite Dolzanelli over twelwe entertaining and strong rounds of boxing, with a football-like atmosphere with competing fans screaming loudly to support their hero, the brave Dolzanelli was knocked down in the seventh round and was able to survive only thanks to his great lion heart. The local warrior tried to re-enter in the fight but Ilie was simply too strong and consistent during the others rounds and despite a strong final round from Dolzanelli, Ilie hung on to take the fight 114-113, 116-111, 113-114 on the judges’ scorecards. For the Romanian born Ilie was the first title of his pro career.
In the chief support of the evening, European Union and WBA I/C welterweight champion, Leonard Bundu (23-0-1, 6 KOs) always exciting, showed an impressive array of skills and destroyed in less than three minutes Moises Castro (27 -14 =4, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua, finally, young giant, Matteo Modugno (4-0, 3 KOs) stopping Hungarian trialhorse Ferenc Zsalek (7-17, 3 KOs) in the first round. Mario e Graziano Loreni staged the show, which was televised live on Rai Sport Più.