Two former WSB team champions will go face-to-face in Rome on Thursday night as the final round of Season VII Group B action sees Italia Thunder take on France Fighting Roosters. One bonus point would be enough to secure the hosts a place in the Play-Offs, while a win could see them leapfrog their opponents into second, and with Morocco Atlas Lions just three points adrift and chasing the third-place spot, the Italians new-look side will be going all out for the victory.
First into the ring, Italia Thunder’s two-time National Champion Gianmario Serra will need to produce the performance of his career if he is to beat Bulgarian Daniel Asenov at Flyweight (52kg). The Fighting Roosters’ Draft Pick is the current EUBC European Champion, and made a successful start to his WSB career earlier this season against Morocco’s Abdelali Daraa.
Italian pro-boxer Michael Magnesi also had a successful WSB debut against an Atlas Lion, Mohamed Hamout, earlier this year and will face reigning French champion Khalil El Hadri, who will be looking forward to debut of his own in the five-round format at Lightweight (60kg) on Thursday night. Another Italian pro, Erik Lazzarato, is a seasoned boxer at all levels and will be ready for an intriguing contest against fellow pro Mohamed Ali Ouali at Welterweight (69kg), as both boxers get their first taste of the unique atmosphere of a World Series of Boxing match.
At Light Heavyweight (81kg), another of the Thunder’s new breed, 29-year-old Adriano Sperandio comes into the side for the first time to face Fighting Roosters’ National Champion Bakary Mamadou Diabira, before the Super Heavyweights (+91kg) wrap up the action in what could be a crucial bout in the context of the group standings. The hosts’ Guido Vianello is strong and quick enough to beat anybody on his day, and he will meet France Fighting Roosters’ Aleksandar Mraovic, who claimed silver at the EUBC U22 Boxing Championships in Braila one month ago and will become the first Austrian boxer in the history of the WSB.