By Peter Lerner: It’s finally official that one of the most eagerly awaited all-Italian fights of recent years will finally take place. Ex-Olympian and world bronze medallist Leonard Bundu and Daniele Petrucci – both undefeated – will meet for the vacant European welterweight title. The two fighters have been eyeing each other for the last few years as they’ve steadily moved up the rankings and right now are maybe at the peak of their powers. Bundu is 24-0-1 and Petrucci 28-0-1 (in both cases the draws were technical draws due to cuts). Their respective promoters, Mario Loreni and Davide Buccioni, will be at the offices of the European Boxing Union on Monday(March 27) for the purse bids.
On 20th May Italian knockout artist Andrea Di Luisa gets his chance to equal the Italian record of consecutive knockouts at the start of a career. He’s currently 11-0-0 (11) and looks like he has the potential to become a real dangerman. He will be meeting Argentine Ruben Acosta for the WBC Silver super middleweight title in Viterbo. Rosanna Conti Cavini, Di Luisa’s promoter, describes this title as a sort of middle ground between an intercontinental title, a world title eliminator and an interim title. Acosta is 24-5-5 (8) and has lost every time he’s stepped up in class – Anthony Mundine, Robert Stieglitz, Karoly Balzsay and Mariano Carrera have all bettered him. Last time out he lost the Argentine title to the up-and-coming Ezequiel Maderna. How that domestic level loss qualifies him for a pseudo-eliminator for a world title is beyond my powers of comprehension. The WBC will be getting their sanctioning fee so they will surely be happy. Nevertheless it represents Di Luisa’s first chance to make some sort of inroads into the international scene.
SecondsOut had the chance to catch up with international referee Massimo Barrovecchio last week. He was one of the judges for the Vitali Klitschko-Odlanier Solis fight and he told us his thoughts on the fight: “You could see from the way Solis fell that it was serious. It was a real shame because Solis was there to win. At the press conferences, weigh-in and in the dressing room before the fight you could see from his eyes that he really thought he was going to beat Klitschko. In fact, in the first round he did well. I had him winning it and I was just about to write 10-9 Solis on my scorecard when he got caught.” Massimo had been out of action for some months due to a back problem. The Klitschko job was his first assignment back and this weekend he stepped back between the ropes to referee the Dimitrenko-Sosnowski fight. It’s good to see him back.
March 28, 2011