By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Young Italian prospect Luca Marasco (13-0, 5 KOs) became the new Italian lightweight champion after scoring a unanimous decision win over stablemate warrior Massimiliano Chiofalo (10-3-2, 1 KOs) on Friday night at the Lungolago Zanardelli in Toscolano Maderno, Italy.
It was a hard and strong contest, four times national challenger Chiofalo was the aggressor and started the contest at a high pace trying to bring the fight to Marasco, but the jewel of Bergamo Boxe used an effective orthodox jab in order to hit his older opponent resulting in an extremely intense and balanced round.
There were no knockdowns in the fight, but Marasco, showing a great physical condition, punctuated his win stepping up his gears during the last two rounds and cruised to a deserved decision win. At the final bell, both fighters were given a standing ovation for a very strong and entertaining fight. The three judges scored the bout 97-93 and twice 96-94 for the new Italian champ (Fightnews had it 96-94 for Marasco)
On the undercard of the show staged by Mario and Graziano Loreni, super featherweight Benoit Manno (3-0, 1 KO) decisioned Angelo Ardito (3-2) over six rounds.
Featherweight Mario Pisanti (4-0, 3 KOs) showed great poise and excellent skills in dismantling journeyman Silviu Lupu (0-10) in five rounds.
Also on the bill was unbetean light welterweight Paolo Lazzari (6-0, 2 KOs) who scored a third round TKO over Bulgarian Zdravko Nikolov (3-2, 1 KO).
Finally, Yordan Vasilev (4-9-2, 1 KO) shocked the attendance after scoring a sixth round unanimous decision win over former national challenger Rodrigo Bracco (9-2, 4 KOs) at the bantamweight limit.
The show was televised in Italy by Rai Sport Più.