THE Italian boxing commission – the Federazione Pugilistica Italiana – and promoter Davide Buccioni put on back-to-back shows at the PalaVespucci in Rome on Saturday night.
The first half of the evening saw Italia Thunder take on the Colombia Heroicos in a World Series of Boxing quarter-final first leg. The Thunder had qualified by finishing second in their group behind the British Lionhearts while the Heroicos have been one of the revelations of the season so far, winning five out of six matches in their group, which included a victory over defending champions and competition monsters Cuba Domadores.
The interesting-looking opening bout at 49kg between Italy’s promising Federico Serra and the Heroicos’ Olympic silver medallist Yuberjen Martinez lasted just eighty-five seconds. Serra winced and stopped fighting after damaging his right hand during the opening skirmishes. After speaking to the ringside doctor it was decided he could not fight on. With this win Martinez consolidates his position at the top of the individual rankings at light flyweight. Meanwhile Serra will hope to be fit for June’s European Championships in the Ukraine.