Italy News – Plastica Italia Sat, 09 Oct 2021 22:24:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Italy News – Plastica Italia 32 32 Switzerland close the gap on Italy by beating Northern Ireland 2-0 Sat, 09 Oct 2021 21:12:21 +0000

GENEVA (AP) – With group leader Italy absent from the Nations League, Switzerland took control of second place in their World Cup qualifying section after beating Northern Ireland 2 -0 Saturday.

Goals from Steven Zuber and substitute Christian Fassnacht came in stoppage time at the end of each half, and both came after the Irish were reduced to 10 men.

Both goals came on quick blocks thanks to an overwhelmed Irish defense, but were a poor reward for Switzerland’s 25 attempts, including seven on target, in a European Group C where Italy’s greater goal difference could still be decisive.

Northern Ireland were understaffed in the 37th minute when defender Jamal Lewis received a second yellow card from Slovenian referee Slavko Vinčić for taking too long to make a throw-in.

Coach Ian Baraclough said he was annoyed by a yellow card given for wasting time without warning, which is usual for a referee in such incidents.

“We were on the wrong side of a very, very bad decision,” said Baraclough. “It changed the complexion of the game.”

This victory gave the Swiss a six point lead over the Irish in second place with three laps remaining.

Switzerland are three points behind Italy and can level Tuesday with a win over last-ranked Lithuania, who got their first points by beating Bulgaria 3-1 on Saturday.

Italy host the Nations League finals – facing Belgium in a third-place game on Sunday – and return to World Cup action against the Swiss next month.

Group C is expected to be shaped by this November 12 match in Rome. Italy have a goal difference of six better than Switzerland and a victory in their clash could almost seal European championship spot at the World Cup in Qatar.

Only the group winners qualify directly for Qatar, and the runners-up compete in a 12-team playoff in March where three places in the final tournament are offered.

If goal difference becomes the key, the Swiss could reflect on the many missed opportunities on Saturday and a previous 1-0 home victory over Lithuania. Italy won 5-0 when they hosted Lithuania.

Switzerland and Northern Ireland drew 0-0 last month in Belfast and their four World Cup qualifying games in the past four years have produced just three goals, all for the Swiss.

Switzerland thought they were leading in the fourth minute when Denis Zakaria fired a first shot 25 meters lower into the corner of the net.

After a one-minute and 45-second video review by the Slovenian match officials, the goal was disallowed for offside. It was either for Xherdan Shaqiri blocking the view of goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell or for a marginal appeal against full-back Kevin Mbabu receiving a long pass from the defense to start the attack.


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Chip crisis hits Italian production of Stellantis more than COVID, union says Fri, 08 Oct 2021 14:43:30 +0000

MILAN – The impact of a global semiconductor shortage on Italian production of Stellantis this year will be worse and more lasting than the production damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Italian union said FIM-CISL.

A global shortage of microchips is pushing automakers to slow production, with Stellantis halting operations at several facilities in Europe and the United States. The automaker predicts it will make 1.4 million fewer vehicles this year.

“The semiconductor hurricane is causing production shutdowns that weigh more than the 2020 lockdown,” Ferdinando Uliano, head of FIM-CISL, said on Friday. “The forecast is that such a situation will continue throughout the first half of 2022.”

FIM-CISL said Stellantis produced 319,000 cars in Italy in the first nine months of this year, 11% more than in the same period of 2020, when operations were frozen for several weeks afterwards. the COVID-19 epidemic.

Production losses worsened significantly in the third quarter, according to Automotive news Europe calculations using FIM-CISL figures.

Production at FCA’s six Italian auto plants in the third quarter fell 46% from the same quarter of 2020, and production at the Sevel van plant was down 33%.

The most affected factory was Pomigliano, where the Panda minibus is built. Production fell 65% in the third quarter, with just 15 out of 50 production days worked.

Uliano said production for 2021 would barely match the 461,000 units produced last year.

“It’s practically impossible, the chip situation is getting more serious and we will have other heavy shutdowns,” he said, adding that a similar situation was expected with the production of vans at the Sevel plant. .

Stellantis, formed earlier this year by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the PSA Group, will operate the plant at Melfi, its largest Italian plant, for an equivalent of just six days in October.

The production shutdowns will also affect component factories, Uliano said. The Mirafiori Meccaniche gearbox plant will stop production of six-speed manual gearboxes for the entire month of October.

On the other hand, Mirafiori in Turin, where the small New 500 electric car is produced, is one of the few factories that have not undergone major shutdowns.

“Production of the BEV 500 must continue to meet carbon emission reduction targets,” said Uliano. In the first eight months, 38,187 new Model 500s were produced, he said.

“The main risk is that Stellantis decides to delay the planned investments and the launch of new models, because the chip crisis is lowering sales,” said Uliano.

The automaker will present Maserati’s Grecale SUV next month, followed by the Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV, whose sales are expected from June 2022.

Italian unions will meet with Stellantis on Monday at the Italian Ministry of Industry to discuss production and jobs in the country.

Stellantis has also decided to close the Opel plant in Eisenach in Germany until the end of the year. because of the shortage of crisps.

Andrea Malan contributed to this report

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The energy of young Italians / Thu, 07 Oct 2021 08:25:15 +0000

What can we see in their style that gives them the edge? We have the feeling in Olbia that the Italian team are maximizing their home advantage while also being extremely well prepared. It is likely that all of these athletes want to impress at home, win prizes for their country and share the team spirit that comes from a common victory.

Assunta Scutto at -48 kg, ranked number two in the world, offered no fragility, facing powerful nations like France and Russia with confidence and energy. It is this energy that seems to be worn as a uniform throughout the Italian team. She qualified for the final, followed by her -52 kg teammate.

Assunta Scutto: gold

Giulia Carna, 8th in the world ranking, faced the strong French judoka Devictor, who sits above her in second place, in the final of these World Junior Championships. Carna has had few problems in previous rounds, but her quarterfinals and semi-final went far in the gold scoring. Tactics can change at such times and determination can be called into question, but not for these young Italians. Carna kept the same pace from start to finish in those long fights and she was explosive, attacking the entire time. This style is reminiscent of the current heroine of Italy, the double Olympic medalist Odette Giufrida and why not emulate that? It makes sense. Giuffrida has undoubtedly inspired this new generation of young Italian women.

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We can also notice that the Italian preparation included targeted work on the rulebook; a sensible approach. Judokas are aware of the edge, grip positively and move forward constantly, leaving no room for mistakes. Sure, they can be beaten in these physical failures, but they don’t offer losses easily and following the rules is a big part of it. Carna made perfect use of the advantage in her semi-final against the Kosovar, to ensure that her victory was recorded.

There has been a lot of talk about fitness since the restart of the World Judo Tour and it could have been forgiven as a talking point for our juniors too, as they step onto the world stage for the first time in this new era, but once again Italians are showing the world that there is no excuse. They are fit, strong, determined and educated and these are things that combine to make champions.

Giulia Carna

Beyond the finals, an image of depth emerges. At -48 kg, Asia Avanzato fought and won a bronze medal, only losing to her compatriot Scutto that day. Having a group of hunters behind the number one is important and having a bank of players as well as excellence offers theories on the system, coaching and team building in Italy.

We cannot yet define the final medal table in Sardinia, but we can see where the constant development of the Italian team makes a great impression. A gold, a silver and a bronze from day 1 in Olbia is not a bad way to inspire the team in the coming days.

Two medals for Italy in -48kg in Olbia

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Study Abroad in Italy with Catholic Studies – Spring Break 2022 Wed, 06 Oct 2021 19:39:56 +0000

Foundations of Christian Culture – Italy: Spring 2022

Seton Hall University’s Catholic Studies program invites you to travel through time to better appreciate the past and present, as you visit Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and Rome. Dr Ines Murzaku will lead this 3 credit study abroad tour of sites in Italy that have been most important to Christian history. The program will run from From March 2 to March 14, 2022.

You learned about the interplay between Italian culture and Christian life, but have you witnessed it for yourself, from the beginnings of Western civilization until today? This tour offers unique opportunities to see how the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations in Italy left their mark on early Christian culture and how these influences are still present today. Plus, by offering tours of awe-inspiring cathedrals and an opportunity to pray to the Angelus with Pope Francis in the Vatican, this program promises to invite deep reflection and spiritual growth.

“Although my research and teaching has taken me around the world, I have a special love for Italy,” said Dr Ines Murzaku, director of the Catholic Studies program. “In addition to studying at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, I have worked as an analyst for the international programs of Vatican Radio and I have held visiting professorships in Bologna and Calabria. For me, bringing a group of students to Italy gives me the opportunity to show these places that I find heartwarming, stimulating and empowering. “

Short itinerary
Through this program, Dr Murzaku will join the students on a flight from Newark to Rome. From there, the group will take a connecting flight to Catania, beginning their exploration of Sicily. After a visit to Mount Etna, the group will spend time in Taormina, Noto, Syracuse, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Erice and Palermo, tourist sites that date back to Greek civilization on the island, as well as Catholic cathedrals; the largest collection of Roman mosaics in the world; and vestiges of Norman, Phoenician and Saracen influences.

After a short flight to Naples, students will admire the famous statue of the Veiled Christ in the San Severo Chapel Museum, visit the ruins of ancient Pompeii, and enjoy a ride along the scenic Amalfi Coast. Three glorious days in the Eternal City will complete the study abroad program. Highlights of the group’s stay in Rome will include a guided tour of the Spanish Steps; Trevi Fountain; Piazza Navona; The pantheon; the Coliseum; the Roman Forum; and the basilicas of Saint-Paul-hors-les-murs, Saint-Jean-de-Latran and Sainte-Marie-Majeure. The highlight of the trip will be Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and the Angelus at noon with Pope Francis.

Registration details
This course (Foundations of Christian Culture CAST 3994) is listed with CORE 3748, RELS 3208, HIST 4281 and HONS Seminar – (Spring 2022). The group will meet for classes before and after the study abroad program (day and time to be determined).

The cost of the trip of $ 3,950 includes airfare to and from Rome, as well as connecting flights to and from Sicily; Accommodation in 3-star hotel; transport; entrance fees to the museum and site; and most meals. Space is limited, and a deposit of $ 500 is due on November 1, 2021.

For more details on this study abroad opportunity, which students in previous semesters have called “uplifting for mind, heart and soul” and “life changing”, please visit the page Course web.

If you are interested in this program, you can contact Dr Ines Murzaku ( to find out more.

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Italy vs Spain team predicted: team news ahead of Nations League semi-final tonight Wed, 06 Oct 2021 06:18:15 +0000

Spain will look to avenge their Euro 2020 semi-final loss to Italy tonight when they face the European Champions in the last four of the UEFA Nations League.

Luis Enrique’s side were one shootout away from joining England in the Euro 2020 final, but Alvaro Morata and Dani Olmo missed their shots as Italy won 4-2.

The teams drew 1-1 in a thrilling semi-final at Wembley, but La Roja is missing a number of the players who made it into that game, including Pedri, Morata, Olmo and Jordi Alba.

Apart from a few absences in attack, Italy is complete and holds a world record of 37 games without defeat under Roberto Mancini. Winning here would reserve a place for Sunday’s final, with Belgium and France meeting tomorrow in the other semi-final.

Here’s everything you need to know before the game.

When is Italy versus Spain?

The match will start at 7.45 p.m. BST on Wednesday 6 October and will be played at the San Siro in Milan.

How can I watch it?

It will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football, with coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. If you are not a Sky customer, you can pick up a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

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What are the team’s news?

Italy are deprived of their two main strikers in their Euro 2020 campaign, with Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti unavailable due to injury. This opens up an opportunity for 21-year-old Sassuolo forward Giacomo Raspadori, who scored his first goal for the Azzurri in September, or Moise Kean, who scored twice in his last national team appearance.

The rest of the Italian squad will be the squad that faced Spain and England for Roberto Mancini’s side at the European Championships in July.

Spain have been hit by a number of injuries for the Nations League semi-final, with Gerard Moreno, Alvaro Morata, Pedri, Dani Olmo and Jordi Alba. West Ham’s Pablo Fornals and Manchester City’s Ferran Torres could start for Luis Enrique’s side, while Barcelona’s 17-year-old midfielder Gavi could make his international debut.

Possible alignments

Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Kean, Badge

Spain: Unai Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Pau Torres, Reguilon; Koke, Busquets, Fornals; Ferran Torres, Oyarzabal, Sarabie


Italy: 6/5

Draw: 10/21

Spain: 11/4


Backed by a local crowd and with the confidence that comes with a recent major tournament victory, everything points to another victory for Italy here, this time in 90 minutes against a weakened Spanish side. Italy 2-0 Spain

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COVID-19 RNA molecules discovered in Italy before pandemic Tue, 05 Oct 2021 14:30:32 +0000


A landmark study in Italy found molecular evidence of COVID-19 circulating as early as mid-September 2019, five months before the country’s first official clinical diagnosis.

Researchers at the University of Milan retested samples from patients with “measles-like” symptoms and found ribonucleic acid (RNA) from the virus in a patient dating back to September 12, 2019.

Emanuele Montomoli is professor of public health at the University of Siena and scientific director of the VesMederi laboratory. He said the latest study gives concrete and direct evidence of Italy’s COVID-19 timeline.


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“The most important thing is that they are looking for the real virus and the Milan group found the RNA for the virus, so this is the real demonstration,” Montomoli said.

VesMederi’s research also played a key role in determining traces of the virus during the pre-pandemic period in Italy.

In collaboration with the Milan Cancer Institute, its researchers retrospectively tested 1,000 blood samples from a lung cancer screening trial and found antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 dating from the end of September 2019.

“We received congratulations from the World Health Organization and they asked us, given the importance of our results, to repeat the analysis in another independent laboratory,” said Montomoli.

Emanuele Montomoli believes that a similar, if not equally transmissible, variant of the coronavirus was circulating in Italy before January 2020. / CGTN

Emanuele Montomoli believes that a similar, if not equally transmissible, variant of the coronavirus was circulating in Italy before January 2020. / CGTN

This was carried out by the Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

Alessandro Manenti is the project director at the VisMederi laboratory, he said: “Interestingly, for some samples they received the same results as we had in the past, especially in October 2019.”

However, a positive result was not obtained in all samples.

“We expected deviations because each lab has a different method of analysis and ambiance, so there are many variables involved,” he explained.

This is part of a body of evidence, also found in sewage, which indicates that the virus was present months before the first case diagnosed in Italy in February 2020.

“This research is important because I don’t think the SARS coronavirus appeared out of thin air at the end of 2019 in the Wuhan market. It is a consolidated concept that something like an ancestral virus has circulated before,” said Montomoli from VesMederi.

Two years later, Italy is now close to meeting its goal of vaccinating 80% of the population over 12, meaning the government can ease restrictions further.

The contagion rate is stable but, as scientists turn back time to get answers, Italy faces another test for the autumn and winter months ahead.

Cover image: CGTN

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Rome mayor may fail second round Mon, 04 Oct 2021 19:59:00 +0000

ROME (AP) – Italian center-left forces, led by Democrats, claimed victory on Monday in Milan and other mayoral races in major cities while securing a second-round berth in Rome, where the Mayor of the 5-star populist movement Virginia Raggi has faced a stinging defeat, according to the partial vote count and projections.

The 5 stars, currently the largest party in Parliament, also failed to win a second round in Turin city hall, where one of their own has been mayor since 2016, with nearly 40% of the ballots counted.

In Rome and Turin, 5-star leaders had rejected overtures from the Democratic Party to join an electoral alliance to fight right-wing forces and chose to run solo. Where the two forces teamed up, candidates backed by Democrats and 5 stars appeared to be heading for resounding victories.

“You win where you expand the coalition,” said Democratic Party leader Enrico Letta, citing the straightforward victories of the common ticket in Naples and Bologna.

Letta tried to convince the 5-Stars to embrace campaign alliances for a nationwide vote for Parliament in early 2023. He is determined to exclude from the next Italian government the right-wing forces that have gained popularity in these countries. last years. , especially in the races for governor and especially the anti-migrant party of the League led by Matteo Salvini.

Separately, Letta, a former prime minister, won a seat in the Lower Chamber of Deputies in a by-election in Siena to fill a vacant post.

Milan mayor Giuseppe Sala, center-left leader and supporter of the Europe Greens party, claimed a decisive victory for a second term on the basis of partial results indicating he would get 56% of the vote in Italy’s finance capital and fashion. Luca Bernardo, a Milanese pediatrician who was Salvini’s candidate, lagged behind, with 33.4%.

Salvini’s ambition is to win the post of prime minister of a center-right government he hopes to form after the next Italian parliamentary elections.

But with victories in Milan, Naples and Bologna and places in the municipal elections in Rome and Turin, “we have shown that the center-right is beatable,” Letta told his supporters.

If the projections are confirmed, the second round of the town hall of Rome will pit Democrat Roberto Gualtieri, former Minister of Finance, against Enrico Michetti, a radio commentator selected by Giorgia Meloni, who heads the far-right Brotherhood of Italy party. . Meloni and Salvini are unofficial rivals for the next prime ministerial post.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi, an economist who once headed the European Central Bank, currently heads a pandemic unity government that includes Letta’s Democratic Party, Salvini’s League as well as the 5-star and smaller parties.

One key to winning the Rome mayor’s second round will be to court the support of Raggi’s disappointed supporters. The 5 Star Movement has been feuding for months, including between the left and right factions.

With ballots counted in 23% of constituencies, Michetti led with nearly 31% of the vote and Gualtieri nearly 27%. Raggi was excluded from the second round with just under 20%, with Carlo Calenda, a former centrist minister who won 17.3%. The projections suggested a similar final finish.

Yet six hours after the polls closed, Raggi was not conceding.

“I would say this: let’s wait for final data,” said Raggi, quoted by LaPresse, an Italian news agency.

When Raggi won in 2016, she inherited Rome’s entrenched problems: unreliable garbage collection, public transport issues, and streets in dire need of repairs. These woes largely persisted during his tenure. The new leader of the 5 Star Movement, former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, campaigned for her.

“Rome can be reborn” and well governed, Gualtieri told supporters on Monday evening.

Michetti expressed his satisfaction with leading.

“Today the city stands still when it comes to potholes, upkeep of green spaces” and other issues, he said, referring to Rome’s many poorly paved streets and to weeds at waist height in parks.

In total, 12 million of Italy’s 60 million people were eligible to vote in 1,000 towns and villages across the country, but turnout, at just under 55%, was down 7% from in the last municipal elections in 2016.

Salvini’s League results in races in southern Italy were being watched closely as a litmus test of whether he could convincingly expand his north-based political power into a national force. Its candidate in Naples, the largest city in the south, obtained around 20% of the vote, far behind the winning candidate supported by the Democrats and the 5 stars who collected 65.5% of the vote, according to the partial returns.

But a center-right candidate backed by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has triumphed in the race for sole governor in the southern region of Calabria. Roberto Occhiuto, businessman whip in the Chamber of Deputies of Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, won 54.7% of the vote, against 28.4% for the center-left challenger, with ballots counted in 40% of the polling stations.

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Italian cyclist Colbrelli wins the Paris-Roubaix race for his debut | national news Sun, 03 Oct 2021 17:36:53 +0000

ROUBAIX, France (AP) – Italian rider Sonny Colbrelli won a rainy and muddy Paris-Roubaix cycling race on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Bahrain runner Victorious crossed the finish line ahead of Belgian Florian Vermeersch (Lotto Soudal) and Dutch Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix).

He caught up with them in a three-man sprint at the Roubaix velodrome and all the riders were covered in dirt from head to toe.

Colbrelli collapsed to the ground and was in tears after his victory.

“Incredible, my first Parigi (Paris) -Roubaix and I win. I am very happy, “said Colbrelli.” Today is a legendary Roubaix with the rain and the weather. “

It is one of the five great cycling classics, along with the Tour of Flanders, Milan-San Remo, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro di Lombardia.

But she is known as the queen of classics because she is the most prestigious of the five. The grueling and dangerous 258 kilometer (160 mile) trek is also known as the “Hell of the North”, due to its dangerous profile comprising more than 50 kilometers (31 miles) of cobblestones spread over 29 sectors.

Three-time road racing world champion Peter Sagan – who won the race in 2018 – and Mads Pedersen were among the runners who crashed in particularly bad conditions following heavy rains for several days in the Paris region.

“I was at the limit in the final,” said Colbrelli. “It was super difficult because I had to watch out for falls in the first sectors and then there is always the stress of being in position in the cobbles.

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Stanley Tucci was recovering from cancer in “search for Italy” Sun, 03 Oct 2021 00:35:00 +0000

While promoting his new memoir “Taste: My Life Through Food”, Stanley Tucci revealed that he is still recovering from his cancer treatment during the production of his CNN series “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” .

The “Big Night” and “Devil Wears Prada” actor detailed his battle with cancer in a new conversation with The New York Times, explaining how the disease has impacted his life. After three sessions of radiation therapy, Tucci began to experience dizziness and loss of appetite.

While Tucci has written cookbooks before, “Taste: My Life Through Food” is a reflection on the actor’s long-standing relationship with food, including memories of his mother’s cooking and stories involving his least favorite meals while working on film sets.

In September, Tucci revealed he was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and successfully received treatment.

“Taste: My Life Through Food” will be released by Gallery Books on October 5th. “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” premiered on CNN earlier this year. All six parts of the series are currently available to watch through YouTube TV, HBO Max, and other services.

J. Kim Murphy contributed to this report.

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Francesco Patera and Daniel Scardina win by KO in Italy on Friday! Boxing News 24 Sat, 02 Oct 2021 02:49:49 +0000

Through Ken Hissner: At the Allianz, Milan, Italy, Friday on DAZN, Eddie Hearn (Matchroom Boxing) and Salvatore Cherchi (OPI Since 82) featured in the Super Middleweight Main Event Daniel “King Toretto” Scardina stopping Juergen “The Doberman” Doberstein after four rounds.

In the Lightweight Co-Main Event Francesco Patera of Belgium stopped Devis “Boom Boom” Boschiero of Italy for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title.

In the Co-Main Event Francesco Patera, 25-3 (9), # 134 ¼, from Genk, Limburg, Belgium, stopped former IBF Inter-Continental Champion Quote “Boom Boom” Boschiero, 49-7-2 ( 22), # 134 ½, from Correzzola, Veneto, Italy, at 1:32 in the third round due to a cut in ten scheduled laps, for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title.

In the first round, both fighters had their moments in a round all in action. In the second round, Boschiero suffered a cut to his right eyebrow from a left hook from Patera halfway through another round of action. In the third round, after a U-turn, the cut Boschiero suffered was bleeding enough for referee Stéphane Nicolo to call in the ring doctor, who requested the stop.

In the Super Middleweight Main Event Daniele “King Toretto” Scardina, 20-0 (16), # 167 ½, of Rozzano, Lombardia, Italy, and Miami Beach, FL, stopped former WBA Inter-Continental champion Juergen “The Doberman “Doberstein, 26-4-1 (7), # 167, of KAZ and Saar, Germany, after four out of ten rounds scheduled, for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title.

In the first two rounds both had their moments, with Scardina having an advantage. In the last 30 seconds of the third round, Scardina injured Doberstein with a chin right. In the fourth lap Doberstein did well in the gusts, but by the end of the lap Scardina was bleeding from the nose. After four laps, the Doberstein turn stopped.

Italian welterweight champion Nicholas “The Good Boy” Esposito, 15-0 (5), # 146, of Bonemerse, Lombardia, Italy, defended his title by defeating Emanuele Cavallucci, 12-5-1 (4) , # 145 ¾, from Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy, over ten laps.

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