Main events from Italy in 2001

Valter Chiarottini reviews all championship fights involving Italian boxers. From National to International bouts, if it involves a Italian boxer you can read about it here! Valter is your best source for un-biased analysis of Italian boxing.

Luca Messi vs. Alvaro Moreno

 March 10, 2001 in Brembate, Italy
 WBU International Welterweight title
 Promoted by: Boxing Cotena Group  

 Colombian journeyman Moreno established himself in Europe to gain some purses and has 
 made it honestly. At 35 he has yet the achieve his desire to accomplish something great 
 with his boxing career. He's a lefty and very tough but lacks speed and uses almost only 
 the left arm to punch. Luca Messi has 2 defeats in his record, 2 matches for the Italian 
 title against Pasquale Perna and Michele Orlando, officially by cuts but really he was 
 outboxed by Perna and overpowered by Orlando. He is a game fighter however, who gave all 
 he had and battled at a furious pace. This time it wasn't so, Messi didn't find the 
 range to throw his combinations because of the better footwork of Moreno, who also 
 bobbed and waved well becoming a difficult target. Moreno dictated the pace (slow) and 
 landed many single lefts, sometime straights but more hooks even if Messi afterwards 
 said that he blocked almost all Moreno's punches. Rarely was Messi effective in 
 countering and when attacking he lacked accuracy. It is true that some rounds were close 
 because so little shots hit targets but it seemed obvious a verdict should be in favour 
 of Moreno who even floored Messi with a clean right hook (the referee called it a slip 
 Messi being out of balance). On the contrary the judges' cards were all in favour of the 
 Italian fighter. A boring match and probably a bad verdict. Messi declared he turned 
 from fighter to boxer to avoid cuts, but he didn't show the talent to be a good boxer. 
 However he's still relatively young (26) and may improve.

Gianluca Iommarini vs. Lorenzo Di Giacomo

 March 9, 2001 in Tarquinia, Italy
 Italian Superwelterweight Title
 Promoted by: Rosanna Conti Cavini - Gattopard Boxing

 A real war! The great effort sustained by the 2 fighters cancelled the bad performance 
 from a tecnical point of view. There was a moment that I hoped it finished 'cause it was 
 dangerous for both fighters', and safety keep absorbing such a beating. At the end of 
 the 6th round the fight was declared a technical win in favour of Di Giacomo. Home 
 fighter Iommarini showed an iron will and started well winning the first 2 rounds with 
 furious attacks. He threw a good left jab to make a road for his wild hooks but Di 
 Giacomo maintained a tight and high guard and blocked many shots. On the contrary the 
 challenger repeatedly landed with clean left hooks and long right crosses showing 
 Iommarini the have no defense at all. The champ only took care of attacking and that was 
 more evident as the match went on with Iommarini suffering an injured right hand and 
 conscious of not being able land punches the next 10 rounds. In the fourth round the 
 referee 8 counted Iommarini, clearly shocked by a right cross while in the 5th a point 
 was deducted from the champ for pushing (Di Giacomo fell three times on the canvas 
 during the 4th and 5th rounds without being hit: Iommarini's fault but Di Giacomo has 
 to improve his balance). In the 6th round Iommarini threw shots exclusively with his 
 left hand, again furiousely attacking, deserving the acclamation of his people but 
 he didn't get his goal and his face was a bloody mask. The bout was stopped and the 
 cards had Di Giacomo as the winner. Iommarini lost his title the same way he won it (he 
 beat Luca Mori by tech. decision) while Di Giacomo made a better performance than the 
 last time I saw him (the only defeat in his record: lost to Erik Daponte inside the 

Michele Piccirillo vs. Stanley Mabesi

 March 2, 2001 in Caltanissetta
 Welterweights non-title fight

 After 7 months of inactivity, caused by Italian boxing falling in stature, Piccirillo 
 returned to the ring against an experienced and hard punching foe. This was a good test  
 before defending the WBU Title who Piccirillo is a long time champ of. Well, Mabesi was 
 outboxed from the start, never able to get into the fight. Piccirillo used his reach 
 advantage well but showed even more superior timing and accuracy in throwing punches. 
 His best weapons are as ever, the straight blow but he landed good left hooks also. 
 Mabesi looked to be a dangerous hitter but was never in condition to prove it. On the 
 contrary he was an easy target for the very active but cold Piccirillo who knocked down 
 the Tanzanian in the second roud with a beautiful straight right and finished him in the 
 third round with a right uppercut coming after a left hook. The result states Piccirllo 
 has great condition, mentally and physically he is at his best. Now is the moment to get 
 a real World Title shot. At 31 Piccirillo can't wait and even if Shane Mosley is a super-
 champ, the Italian 'gentleman' deserves to play his chances. Piccirillo claims to be a 
 winner in an amateur contest against Mosley and says this is the reason Mosley is 
 ducking him. More realistically I think it's difficult to make a match between a world 
 star and a fighter known only in Italy. Piccirillo needs at least a good test in the USA 
 before American matchmakers could consider a fight with Mosley to be good business. At 
 the same time is difficult to bring Mosley to Italy since Italian television is not 
 supporting boxing anymore. Mosley doesn't need Piccirillo who could be a hard contender 
 fighting at home. For now Piccirillo will have to defend his WBU title against durable 
 Shea Neary, perhaps in England.

 In the undercard Vincenzo Rossitto proved to be an rising heavyweight kayoing Tanzanian 
 Kambenga in the first round with a straight right that made Kambenga fly to the canvas. 
 Rossitto is the most technicaly advanced Italian heavyweight since Francesco Damiani. He 
 lacks power, but not this time.

Nestor Farias vs. Alessandro Di Meco

 February 28, 2001 in Calatafimi Segesta, Italy
 International WBU Featherweight Title

 A vastly improved Di Meco, from a technical point of view, didn't succeeded in 
 conquering his first international title because of his physical limits. From the last 
 time I saw him, Di Meco seems to be a different boxer: better footwork, and mobility 
 overall, enables him to land with series of hooks, instead of single shots, and then 
 move away. Surely he hasn't the talent, but has the dedication for this sport. Farias  
 (Argentina) is far more experienced (more than 50 fights in his record with only 7 
 defeats but no telling wins in last 3 years) and in this match showed how much 
 experience can count. He fought out of his country and lost the first 3 rounds of a 10 
 round match but didn't give up and boxed with coolness, searching for Di Meco 
 weaknesses. Farias couldn't compete with the speed or mobility but was more powerful and 
 realized he could be effective with bodyshots. Di Meco protected his face with a high 
 guard and didn't accept long exchanges preferring to throw 2-3 shots and run. In the 
 fourth round Farias landed a great right uppercut to Di Meco's stomach obliging the 
 Italian to put a knee on the canvas. Di Meco lost his confidence and had afterwards 
 fought without the adequate desire. Farias won the 6th round, in which Di Meco put a 
 knee on the canvas another time because of a left uppercut to the body but the referee 
 didn't count over him. A great flurry of Di Meco in the 9th round made it the best 
 round of the match: an action packed round with Di Meco slightly prevailing. Again hard 
 boxing in the 10th round which can be considered even. In conclusion this was a good 
 match between 2 mediocre fighters. I expect Farias to again box in Italy but I don't 
 think his international reign will be a long one. Di Meco is the current Italian Champ 
 and has few contenders in national field. In April 2000 he lost by KO 1 against unknown 
 Brahim Abouda demonstrating he can't take a punch.

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Pietro Aurino vs Alexei Trofimov

 February 23, 2001 in Giugliano, Italy
 Intercontinental WBU Cruiserweight Title

 Waiting for challenging Vassili Jirov, Aurino defended his little title against the  
 mediocre Trofimov but again failed to impress. With superior speed and mobility Aurino 
 piled up points in the first 6 rounds but Trofimov is a tough guy and absorbed the soft 
 punches of the Italian well. Then Aurino faded and Trofimov tried to capitalize by 
 counterpunching. When Aurino, a southpaw, stayed throwing his left, Trofimov responded 
 with the right hand (hooks and crosses) stunning the champ, decking him in the 7th round 
 and rocking him in the 9th. Only a good final round rally in the 10th made by Aurino 
 retained his title. This is not a performance which you expect from a world challenger. 
 Aurino, beaten by Jirov during the Olympic Games of Atlanta has to train very hard if he 
 wants to be a serious threat for the champ and not just a sparring partner as he was in 
 the match he lost against Johnny Nelson. Again about Cruisers; in March 17 in Rome we'll 
 have a match for the International WBC Title with Vincenzo Cantatore defending his crown 
 against French champ Alain Simon. It should be an entertaining fight if not a great one 
 as Cantatore is a good puncher with a mediocre chin while Simon is a brave and tough 

Jerry Elliott vs. Cristian Sanavia

 February 17, 2001 in Padova, Italy
 International WBC Middleweight Title

 A bout between two tough fighters, both unbeaten. Elliott has a powerful right hand but 
 a monotonous style. The muscled fighter from Nigeria paid attention to defense in this 
 bout and used his reach advantage well. The southpaw Sanavia could not easily throw his 
 combinations punches and only ever connected with single lefts. He had a slight 
 advantage in speed but at close range suffered from the superior power of Elliott and 
 could not sustain long exchanges inside. Every round was very close but Elliott seemed 
 the ringmaster for the majority of the time. A swollen left eye of Sanavia was a clear 
 handicap for the Italian and also stated the effectiveness of Elliott's right crosses. 
 Very little clean shots landed in this bout because of the high and tight guards of the 
 two boxers. The unanimous verdict in favour of the Italian surprised many observers and 
 Sanavia too. Sanavia told fans he was no so sure he won. The little tank faced a panzer 
 and hadn't the weapons to fire back against. An attendance of 4000 people confirmed that 
 good boxing obtains the right attention.

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