It was a night of top quality boxing at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan with Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder showing their mettle against a resolute Ukraine Otamans team in this World Series Boxing (WSB) match. The home side saw their Italian contingent of Parrinello, Valentino and Russo give them the edge with Hungary’s Szello putting the gloss on a hard-fought victory in Group B.
Bantamweight (50-54kg) orthodox fighter Jahyn Vittorio Parrinello got proceedings underway against Ukraine Otamans’ dangerous Moldovan Alexandr Riscan. The Italia Thunder’s 29-year-old Beijing and London Olympian Games was clever in the opening two rounds, moving sharply and using his range to great effect. Riscan cut his rival above the left eye with a sweet right hook in the third but the Italian stuck to his tactics and managed to close out the remaining rounds and wrap the win.
Making his long awaited return to WSB after last season injuries, 2009 AIBA World Champion Domenico Valentino then battled tough Lightweight (57-61kg) Ukrainian Vyacheslav Kyslytsyn. The 28-year-old crowd favourite began well, with some swift one-twos giving him the edge in the first. The Ukrainian was trying to rough up Valentino but he was being picked off by some precise rights and swift counters. Valentino would not be outboxed on his comeback and the Italian was victorious following a controlled performance.
The Middleweight (68-73kg) showdown between the Thunder’s unbeaten Irishman William McLaughlin and Dmytro Mytrofanov began at frenetic pace. The Ukrainian was on the front foot right from the off, working his opponent on the inside and connecting with some hard uppercuts to take the first. Going toe-to-toe and trading a lot of punches in the second and third, the two fighters were really going for it, each unloading some quality shots. It was electric and compulsive viewing with a top class fight unfolding between the two. Mytrofanov’s body shots began to wear down the McLaughlin and his aggressive style saw him win to reduce the deficit for the Otamans, 2-1.
Vastly experienced Imre Szello found himself in another tough battle as he faced the tall Ukrainian Denys Poyatsyka in the Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) bout. The powerful Otamans orthodox fighter was showing good movement and a good variation in his punches with Szello having to dig deep to withstand the onslaught. The Hungarian stood firml before exploding into life in the fourth, landing a series of hard rights to take the sting out of Poyatsyka. With that round pivotal, the Thunder boxer went onto to defeat his rival in style to give his team an unassailable lead in the match.
Two-time Olympic silver medallist and WSB superstar Clemente Russo showed his lightening quick hands as he played to the crowd against Rostyslav Arkhypenko of Ukraine. The charismatic Italian was showboating in the first two rounds, dancing about and throwing a good mix of shots. Arkhypenko continued to move forward however to put Russo under some pressure in the third. The Thunder team captain did not have his best night but his know-how and clever movement ensured a resounding overall win for his team
Next up for Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder is a trip to Almaty to face Astana Arlans Kazakhstan on Friday 14 December when Ukraine also host the USA Knockouts.