By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati
Light heavyweight warrior Sofiane Sebihi (18-2, 12 KOs) of Switzerland shocked the attendance and won the IBF/Int at 175lbs on Friday night in Florence, Italy, when co-challenger and local hero Vigan Mustafa (15-3, 6 KOs) was knocked down in round eleven. Kosovo-born Mustafa got off to a good fight start, floored Sebihi in round one and thanks to his workrate and good boxing skills put the early rounds in the bank, but Sebihi turned the tide and the middle rounds were extremely balanced. The last rounds with both fighters tired, were chaotic and fragmented, the moment of truth and the end of the fight was in the eleventh round, Sebihi with a brutal barrage of punches dropped an exhausted and groggy Mustafa. The match was clearly over but referee Francesco Rega resumed hostilities. Mustafa was out on his feet as Sebihi landed six terrific punches floor him again. After some moments of fear in the ring and in the stands, Mustafa luckily recovered and left the ring standing on his legs. For the winner Sebihi it was his first International title.
In the chief support of the evening, undefeated and exciting welterweight top European contender Leonard Bundu (24-0-1, 7 KOs) won a strong fight outpointing after six rounds the brave Zoran Cvek (6-13-3, 5 KOs) of Croatia.
Mario and Graziano Loreni promoted with Rai Sport Più televising.