With Group A of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) becoming a place of surprises, this week the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder did well to ensure that the points all stayed in Italy against a tricky Argentina Condors side.
The Light Flyweights (46-49kg), Bantamweights (56kg), Light Welterweights (64kg), Middleweights (75kg) and Heavyweights (91kg) were contesting this one this evening.
Bout of the match
Middleweight Michel Tavares took on effective new Condors boxer Carlos Ozan, who has come to the WSB from a pro background. The southpaw Frenchman, who was making his 20th performance in the WSB, looked understandably at ease, but the aggressive Argentinian southpaw soon put an end to that. Indeed Tavares was given a standing eight count by the end of the first round. This seemed to shake Tavares up enough for him to go up a gear. The second opened extremely brightly with the Thunder boxer beginning to dominate the show with his stinging right jab. This significantly slowed the Argentinian down and in the end it was the foot work of the Frenchman that won the bout for the Thunder.
Boxer of the match
Imre Szello, the great Hungarian Heavyweight, was left to shut the match down for the Thunder against Swedish debutant Gabriel Richards for the Condors. The young Swede looked very relaxed given the 10-3 record and four seasons of experience that the Italia Thunder star came into the ring with. That didn’t last long however and Szello began to put some daylight between them on the scoreboard. His confident style is always great to watch. He is one of those boxers who stands with his hands down, but actually makes it work for him and very rarely gets caught by his opponent. The Swede was given a standing eight count after a blistering right hand at the end of the third and his resistance began to fade thereafter. Another great win for Szello, but Richards is an interesting find for the Condors.
The turning point
Renato de Donato took on Carlos Aquino in what was the debut for both boxers. The Italian southpaw fighting with his lead hand low whilst the very tall Argentinian boxed orthodox and tried to make use of his jab and cross. In fact both boxers were extremely tall for Light Welterweights and consequently preferred to stay on their bikes. It was the Argentinian however who seemed to be the aggressor, constantly pushing the pace and advancing. The counter punching of the Italian just scrapped the split decision though and it was a vital one for the Italians to take full points.
Michele Crudetti of the Italia Thunder took on Alberto Melian of the Condors in a very interesting bout. The Condors man came to the ring with a 5-1 record across two seasons whilst the Italian was making his debut. It wasn’t a particularly stunning performance by the Argentinian, but it was a solid one and what it lacked in being pleasing to the eye it made up for in effectiveness and tactical intelligence. A solid win for the Condors fighter.
Mark Barriga made his long-awaited WSB debut against Leandro Blanc of the Condors at Light Flyweight. The southpaw from the Philippines looked like he was born to be in the WSB ring. His footwork was sublime as he danced out of trouble, at times looking barely touchable. Barriga’s talent just went to highlight the depth of this year’s Italia Thunder squad. The fact that they have refrained from selecting the APB star until Week 6 just shows how full of amazing athletes the Thunder’s ranks are. Barriga’s win was an emphatic 50:43, 50:45 and 50:41.
Coming up next
Italy are at home against the up and coming Algeria Desert Hawks team whilst Argentina, will hope to regroup at home against the USA Knockouts.
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