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88th Italian Boxing Championships

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Earlier this month the 8th of December saw the conclusion of the 88th Italian Boxing Championships at the "Palabarbuto" sports palace in Fuorigrotta - the fifth time that the event has been held in Naples. After five days of competition in ten weight categories, the champions were crowned from among 105 elite athletes representing 16 regions.

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In the 49kg category, Adrea Guagnano from the province of Abruzzo, boxing out of the San Salvo club, Simone Russo from Piedmont, boxing out of the Fitness Barge club, 5:4. Guagnano received his gold medal from former champion and event ambassador Patrizio Oliva.

Alex Ferramosca successfully defended his title at 52kg. Boxing out of the Italian army's Olympics Sports Center, Ferramosca outpointed Riccardo D'Andrea from Calabria's Team Morello 12:2, finding his rhythm with some quick punches to outwit his opponent. Ferramosca received his medal from Italian Boxing Federation President Franco Falcinelli.

In the 56kg division, Ciro Cipriano from Calabria used long and precise punches to shut out Mario Alfano from Rome's San Basilio club.

Local boy Fabio Introvaia (60Kg) had the home crowd in raptures when he took the gold medal in the 60kg division. Introvaia beat Gaetano Putrone, from the Kroton Boxe club in Cagliari, to take the title as one of the surprises of the competition.

Dario Donato Vangeli for Puglia made the most of some good leg work to beat Sicily's Ignazio Crivello from the Polisportiva Little Club in the 64kg final.

Abruzzo notched up its second victory of the championships in the 69kg division when the young and agile Danilo Creati, boxing out of the Pugilistica Di Giacomo club, won over the experienced Antonio Santoro, from the Iaia boxing club in Puglia.

The Fearless Boxing Team's Luca Esposito took the 75kg title after beating Andrea Marziali, from the Ascoli boxing club. Using a closed guard Esposito made it difficult for Marziali, who found himself up against an explosive athlete who took the gold medal on a 7:2 final score line.

Luca Capuano from the Rodio Brindisi club in Puglia emerged victorious after an intense encounter in the 81kg final, beating Lazio's expert Ivano Del Monte 9:3. The champion was awarded his medal by Italy's Elite Team Manager Raffaele Bergamasco.

In a fantastic 91kg final between Francesco Soggia, from the A.S. Gym Boxe Setteville Nord in Lazio and Sicily's Biagio Imbesi, boxing out of the Tigers Kombact Boxe club, spectators were treated to boxing of the highest level as both boxers showed great speed and power through all three rounds. Soggio edged ahead in the final round to take the championship title with a 16 a 11 victory.

In the final contest of the championships, Mario Federici from Lazio and Francesco Rossano from Campana met in the +91kg bout. After an equal first round, Rossano, under pressure from Federici, tried to find a way through to land a scoring punch on his opponent... and succeeded, taking the title on a 4:2 win.

Alex Ferramosca (52kg) received the award for best boxer and Abruzzo topped the region standings, followed by Lazio and Puglia.

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