By Paolo Consiglio
Undefeated Matteo Modugno (10-0-0, 4 KOs) won the Italian heavyweight title yesterday night in Rezzato, Italy, comprehensively outpointing Paolo Vidoz (28-11, 5 KOs) over ten rounds. The gulf in class in favour of the 41-year-old former champion was evident from the get go but proved pointless in the end as Vidoz turned up grossly overweight (130 kg) and looked constantly fatigued throughout the bout. Modugno, with his stand-up, somewhat plodding style, simply threw and landed more punches, putting his height and reach advantages at full use from the outset to dictate the pace of the action. Vidoz looked on the verge of quitting at the end of the fifth round due to an alleged shoulder injury, but proudly gave the best effort he could muster to hang in there until the end. There was a glimpse of hope for him in the seventh stanza when Modugno was cut over his right eyelid courtesy of a short right uppercut but after an extensive examination by the ringside doctor Modugno was allowed to continue and he won the remaining rounds comfortably. In the end the scorecards in favour of the 24-year-old new Italian champ read as follows: 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93. The mercurial career of Vidoz, heightened by an Olympic bronze medal at Sydney 2000 and the European title as a pro, was plagued by a constant lack of dedication and his supposed-to-be farewell bout was no exception. Mario Loreni promoted with Rai Sport 1 televising.