By Enrico “Erik” Crociati at ringside
Italian rising star Luca Marasco (15-0, 5 KOs) retained his National title at the lightweight limit for the second time in front of his supporters at the Dancing Sport Lavello in Calolziocorte, Italy on Friday night. Local hero Marasco outscored the vicious challenger and former Italian titlist Pasquale Di Silvio (11-2, 4 KOs) over ten entertaining and strong rounds of boxing.
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It was a heated fight, with a football-like atmosphere with the fans screaming loudly to support their hero. Both fighters gave more than expected, though, and went toe-to-toe without any stop in a real exciting battle. The clash is easily the “Fight of the Year” so far in Italy. The taller Di Silvio started the contest at a high pace, trying to establish his jab early on but the local boy, trained by Egidio Bugada, was able to solve matters and close the distance with his aggressive style and used his superior ringcraft with an effective strong workrate to gain control of the clash. Di Silvio tried to re-enter in the fight but he did not have the power and stamina to counter Marasco’s pressing and persistent attacks, Marasco punctuated his win stepping up gears during the last two rounds and cruised to a deserved unanimous decision win. The three judges scored it 96-94 and twice 97-94 for the undefeated Italian champ who might now be ready for a European or International title fight.
Topping the undercard of the Mario e Graziano Loreni promoted show, rising junior lightweight Benoit Manno (5-0, 1 KOs) passed his sternest test decisioning tough warrior Michael Isaac Carrero (9-9-2, 4 KOs) of Nicaragua,over six rounds.
The main event was televised by RaiSport Più.