by Peter Lerner: Last Saturday(Oct 22) Italian light welterweight Brunet Zamora braved the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City to try win the vacant interim WBA light welterweight belt. Unfortunately his fight with hometown southpaw bruiser Alberto Mosquera ended in a draw.
The fight was part of a mega 13-fight bill topped by the Richard Abril-Miguel Acosta bout. As well as the Panamanians and the Cubans (Abril is Cuban and Zamora was born in Cuba but is now a naturalised Italian, and there was also unbeaten Yoandris Salinas on the bill) there was a Jamaican (undefeated ’Axe Man’ Nicholas Walters), five Venezuelans, ’La Super Baby’ Katy Wilson Castillo from the Dominican Republic, two Puerto Ricans (including touted Thomas Dulorme), a Colombian, a Mexican and a Frenchman. Jimmy Lennon Jr even made it out there to act as the ring announcer (alternating between Spanish and English).
This meeting of unbeaten fighters was fascinating from start to finish. Though Zamora - unusually for him - went straight after Mosquera right at the start of the first round, it was Mosquera who did the pressing throughout the early rounds. He would advance with small steps while Zamora used the ring more and would often launch unexpected attacks. At this stage the Panamanian looked the stronger of the two, often pushing Zamora out of the clinches in order to make room for his short hooks. However as the fight went on it was Zamora who came on stronger. He was able to time Mosquera’s advances, catch him and turn before his opponent could get off.
An argument could be made in either fighter’s favour. What was clear was that while Mosquera was solid, aggressive and very insistent, Zamora showed perhaps the greater variety and ability to adapt. The final scores were 114-114 twice and 117-111 for Mosquera. If the fight had been held in Italy, the verdict would probably have gone Zamora’s way. On neutral territory it could have gone either way. It is in this type of close fight that winning the purse bid can make that crucial difference. It must be noted that I missed some seconds of some of the rounds due the Panamanian channel starting the advertisements before some rounds had finished!
Secondsout caught up with Zamora’s promoter Mario Loreni upon his return to Italy.
"I had it by two points for Zamora," he said, "The Panamanian was a puncher, very dogged, and he started the better of the two but I thought Zamora took over in the second half of the fight." He hopes to bring the rematch to Italy at the start of next year.
This fight comes at the start of one of the most intense and important bursts of activity in Italian boxing that I can remember. This Friday Andrea Sarritzu challenges Moruti Mthalane for his flyweight title. A week later sees the rematch between Leonard Bundu and Daniele Petrucci and Devis Boschiero’s attempt to win a world title in Japan. Then on 11th November is the grudge match between two knockout punchers who genuinely hate each other, Andrea Di Luisa and Ali Ndiaye. Finally on 25th we have rock-fisted Samuele Esposito defending his title and an intriguing clash between two old warhorses, Giacobbe Fragomeni and Silvio Branco.