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New Faces: Luca Giacon

By Robert Coster

Photo: Team Giacon

It is probably an understatement to say that Luca Giacon’s background is unusual. For a start, Giacon, a young lightweight prospect who boasts a perfect 14-0, 14 KOs record, has three nationalities: Italian, Belgian and Spanish. The 22-year-old is the son of an Italian father and a mother from the African nation of Ruwanda but with Belgian nationality. To top it all, Luca was born in Spain. He has fought in Panama, Spain and now Sardegna, Italy.

Apart from his uncommon origins, Luca Giacon is being heralded as one of the hottest prospects today in Europe.

As an amateur in Spain, Giacon had 15 fights, winning all of them; then, counselled by his father and adviser, he headed for Panama. “I wanted to polish my skills and Panama is certainly the place for that,” says Luca.

At age 19, Giacon turned pro and won eight out his next nine fights in Panama, rapidly becoming popular with the fans. But just as Panama was adopting him, young Luca signed up with Italian promoter Salvatore Cherchi and headed for Sardegna where he has steamrolled over six opponents.

Giacon’s record would seem to indicate that he is primarily a banger but Luca will tell you the contrary. ” I’m not a slugger who bangs away at his opponent. I try not to get hit and I do believe I set up my knockouts with skill.”‘

He also adds, “I realize that my opposition is bound to get tougher and that power alone will not get the job done.”

In 2011, Giacon is expected to step up in terms of his opposition and his status. “Fighting for the European title is definitely within our plans for next year,” says promoter Cherchi. When the moment comes, one of Giacon’s biggest problems, no doubt, will to be to choose which country he wishes to represent.

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