MANCHESTER’s Marcus Morrison produced a stunning win when he overcame Emanuele Blandamura at the Stadio Nicola Pietrangeli in Rome on Thursday (July 11).
Morrison was not expected to win but in the ninth round landed a monstrous right hand, thumping the shot down the middle to drop the Italian. Dazed, Blandamura crawled to the ropes and leaning on the strands slowly rose. He was in a bad way and referee Francisco Alloza Rosa ended it at 2-44 for of the penultimate round.
For Morrison, who has suffered significant setbacks against Jason Welborn as well as journeymen Tyan Booth and Alistair Warren, this is a key victory over a former European champion that should set his career on a new trajectory.