Italia thunders USA by knockout (2-3)

Defending Champion, Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder ended this 2012/2013 regular season with an away victory over the USA Knockouts in Reno. Starting with two losses at Bantam and Lightweight, the Italians finally won the remaining three bouts of the night to confirm their second place in Group B. The Americans finish last.

In an exciting opening contest, Irishman Michael Conlan stood up in front of Riccardo D’Andrea at Bantamweight (50-54kg). Dominating the first three rounds with his talent and speed, the London 2012 bronze medallist only had to limit the damages in a tough round 4 to ensure a first point for the local teams.

At Lightweight (57-61kg), Tajikistan’s boxing icon Anvar Yunusov, a bronze medallist at the AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011, was then facing a strong opponent named Domenico Valentino, massive star of the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder. Yunusov went well beyond everybody’s expectations in this very close bout. After a tactical first round, the Tajik’s motivation took the spectators of the Eldorado Hotel and Casino, by surprise when while defeating Valentino.

Facing one of the top fighters of the Italian side, Vincenzo Mangiacapre, another bronze medallist in London last summer, Middleweight (68-73kg) Jeffrey Camp put all his heart and bravery in the battle. But that was not enough. The Italian largely dominated the first three rounds before sending his opponent to the canvas. The European side was therefore coming back in the match.

Only foreigner of the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder line-up that night, Hungarian Imre Szello battled with another European at Light Heavyweight (80-85kg),Kennedy Katende of Sweden. The two men had already met in the first season of World Series of Boxing when Katende won by points. On their re-match in Reno, the Knockouts’ boxer controlled most of the contest but had to face Szello’s fury in the last frame and accept a very close loss.

The Heavyweight (91+kg) bout was therefore set to decide the match with new Irish champion Sean Turner facing experienced Matteo Modugno. The Italian only had to wait five minutes to confirm his strength before he knocked-out his opponent in the middle of the second round.

Finishing second in Group B, Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder will face the third team of Group A in the quarter-finals.