By Ken Hisner: At Pala Atlantico, Rome, Lazio, Italy Friday on ESPN+ Bob Arum (The Greatest) presented at the Main Event Italian Olympian Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello was interested in defeating the Scottish athlete Jay “Ghost” McFarlane on round 8.
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In the main event, WBC International Silver Super Welterweight champion of Italy Mirko “Terminator” Natalizi stopped Wales Tony “The Welsh Terrier” Dixon after 5 rounds.
In the Main Event, Olympian Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello, 10-0-1 (9), of Rome, Lazio, IT, and Las Vegas, NV, defeated Jay “The Ghost” McFarlane, 13-7 (5) , of Glasgow, Scotland, UK, over 8 rounds.
In the second round, Vianello continued to give McFarlane a boxing lesson. McFarlane was twice cautioned by referee Francisco Ramacciotti for head kicks. In the third round, McFarlane was injured in his right arm. In the fifth round, Vianello landed a right on McFarlane’s left eye which caused him to shake his head.
In the sixth round, McFarlane continued to follow Vianello around the ring, throwing wild lefts, rarely landing, while Vianello made good on him. In the seventh round, with one minute remaining, a right from Vianello on the chin stopped McFarlane in his tracks.
One minute into the eighth and final round, Vianello landed a right uppercut and landed a left hook to the hard McFarlane. In the rest of the match, Vianello continued to use his speed and footwork to win each round against McFarlane to the delight of the home crowd.
Scores were 80-72 twice and 79-73, with this writer 80-72.
In the Co-Main Event, WBC Int’l Silver Super Welter champion Mirko “Terminator” Natalizi, 13-0 (8), of Rome, Lazio, IT, stopped Tony “The Welsh Terrier” Dixon, 13-4 ( 4), of Mountain Ash, Wales, UK, after 5 rounds of 10.
In the second round, Natalizi defeated Dixon. After the fifth round, Dixon failed to appear for the sixth time.
Stephanie Silva, 7-0 (0), of Roma, Lazio, IT, defeated Ewelina Pekalska, 6-1 (0), of Poznan, POL, in the vacant EBU Euro Super Fly tournament, round 10×2.
Scores were 97-93 twice and 98-92.
Francesco Russo, 12-2 (10), of Rome, Lazio, IT, stopped Francesco Sarchioto, 15-2 (5), #of Anzio, Lazio, IT, for the vacant Italian Super Welterweight Championship, at 2:08 of the competition. 8 out of 10.
In the first round, Sarchioto controlled with the jab keeping a spinning Russo on the defensive for the most part. At the end of the round, both of them traded punches while the referee was busy watching the timekeeper.
In the second round, Russo drew blood from Sarchioto’s nose with a right hand. Good round for Russo.
In the third round, it was all Russo backed Sarchioto on the ropes for the most part and rocking him several times on the chin before the bell. In the eighth round, Russo dropped Sarchioto. The referee waved off the game.
In the first round Super Light Armando “La Furia del Quadraro” Casamonica, 8-0 (1), of Rome, Lazio, IT, defeated Southpaw Mauro Loli, 7-5 (3), Rome, Lazio, IT, above and 6 rounds.
In the second round, southpaw Loli received a small cut under his right eye. Casamonica, fighting a southpaw and returning to his traditional religion, looked good in the first two rounds against the tall Loli. In the third and fourth rounds, Loli took the initiative to get the best performance.
In the fifth round, Casamonica, the bully, has an edge. In the sixth and final round, both of them fought as the decision depended on it, and it could be a close fight. Casamonica may win this match again.
Scores were 58-55, 58-56, 58-57 and 58-56 for this writer.