By Paolo Consiglio
Veteran Danish-based Congolese Lolenga Mock (30-12-1, 12 KOs) retained the European Union 168lb title in Penne, Abruzzo, Italy, scoring a dominant unanimous decision over local favorite Lorenzo Di Giacomo (40-4-1, 20 KOs). It was a one-sided affair as Mock applied unrelenting pressure from the outset dictating the pace throughout the twelve rounds. Sporting a swollen left eye from very early in the bout, fighting above his natural weight class, Di Giacomo seemed to have no answer for the 38-year-old Mock’ superior strength and condition. The Italian was able to land some decent shots here and there and, albeit clearly outgunned, gamely lasted the distance on sheer effort but overall seemed too slow and fatigued to catch Mock with fight-altering punches. The only glimpse of hope for Di Giacomo came in the ninth round when Mock was briefly wobbled by a counter left hook, only to regain control of the proceedings seconds later. In the end Mock prevailed by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and somewhat surprising 117-113 (Fightnews had it 119-109). Team De Clemente promoted with Rai Sport 1 televising.