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Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder Back in Contention for the Play-Offs
Saturday, 05 February 2011 – Switzerland, Lausanne
Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder moved to within one point of European conference leaders Paris United and clawed back the best second place spot after a 3-1 victory over the Istanbulls at the Palasharp on Friday night.
Victories for Vincenzo Picardi at bantamweight, world champion Domenico Valentino at lightweight and new signing Eamonn O’Kane (Ireland) at middleweight secured the win.
Nikolajs Grisunins (Latvia) failed to improve his 0-3 record for Milano Thunder after suffering the indignity of a technical draw in the light heavyweight bout, which was stopped in the first round when his opponent, Istanbulls new signing Constantin Bejenaru (Romania), sustained a cut to his right eye.
A 30kg weight advantage for Milano Thunder heavyweight Benjey Zimmerman (Netherlands Antilles) proved counter-productive, since his opponent Oleksiy Sivko (Ukraine) was faster on his feet and claimed a consolation victory for the Istanbulls in a scrappy contest that saw two warnings for both boxers.
Paris United managed a 3-2 away victory in Moscow, despite losing the middleweight bout by walkover because of an injury to Stephane Cuevas. The visitors were already two up before the walkover and light heavyweight Hrvoje Sep (Croatia) sealed the victory for the team with a win on points by unanimous decision over Denis Tcariuk 48-47, 49-46, 50-45. The home team’s Vitaly Kudukhov prevented a Croatian double for the visitors after beating the 2010 youth world champion Filip Hrgovic by unanimous decision 49-46, 49-46, 49-46.
The Mexico City Guerreros moved to within three points of Americas conference leaders the Los Angeles Matadors after a 4-1 victory over the same on Friday. The Guerreros ended a six-match winning streak for the Matadors and extended their own record to three matches unbeaten.
“It was a good experience for my guys,” said LA Matador coach Manny Robles. “We came in with an inexperienced team who gave it all they had. It hink sometimes you learn more from your losses than your wins. We’ll be back.”
The lone victory for the Matadors came at light heavyweight as newcomer Elber Passos (Brazil) forced an early surrender against another WSB new arrival, Cristian Montenegro, who withdrew from the contest in the third round.
I’m real happy with my victory and my first fight in the WSB,” said Passos. “I can’t wait to fight again for the home crowd in Los Angeles. I have a new family with the LA Matadors.”
The weekend’s second match in the Americas conference, which was set to feature Miami Gallos at home against Memphis Force, has been postponed due to a decision handed down by the Florida State Boxing Commission.
In the Asian conference, the Baku Fires are now unbeaten in an astonishing eight matches, although their opponents today – second-placed Astana Arlans – came the closest yet to beating the runaway overall leaders.
The judges had only one point between all the boxers in the first three bouts, with the home team taking the bantamweight and lightweight bouts by split decisions and Yerzhan Mussafirov of the Astana Arlans repeating his week two victory over 2009 world championship bronze medalist Koba Pkhakadze (Georgia) in the lightweight contest. Mussafirov tops the individual rankings at lightweight with a clear advantage thanks to three away wins in four bouts.
In a contest too close to call, two of the judges had the light heavyweight bout between Rizvan Alimuradov of the Baku Fires and Marat Modagereev of the Astana Arlans tied at 47-47 after the five rounds. In such circumstances the judges have to choose an overall winner and the decision went to the home boxer, handing the Baku Fires a victory that made home boxer Magomedrasul Medzhidov’s easy victory over Sardor Abdullaev academic.
Baku Fires are now eight points clear of the Astana Arlans at the the top of the Asian conference. To add insult to injury, the Arlans also lost their place as best second place team to Milano Thunder.
The Beijing Dragons’ 3-2 victory over the Pohang Poseidons in Seoul on Saturday included a win for Pedro Lima (Brazil) that puts him second in the individual rankings at middleweight. After the Dragons opened up a 3-0 lead, the Poseidons’ foreign heavyweights replied to recover a point for their team with a technical knock-out for Ahrorbek Qoorbonov (Uzbekistan) at light heavyweight and an emphatic win on points (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) for heavyweight Mihail Muntean (Georgia).
Only two points separate Pohang Poseidons, at the bottom of the Asian conference, from the Beijing Dragons but the Korean team face the apparently invincible Baku Fires away for their next match.