By Alexey Sukachev and Dmitry Mikhalchuk
A rematch of a heated encounter between durable Italian veteran Domenico Spada and Pole Mariusz Cendrowski, which is in play for later tonight at Stabilimento Oasi in Rome, Italy, will now be scheduled for a vacant WBC Silver middleweight title.
The belt became vacant after its previous holder Avtandil Khurtsidze, a highly ranked (WBC #2 and WBO/IBF #5) slugger from Georgia, chose rather to relinquish his regalia than to fight Spada in his mandatory defense.
Spada (34-4, 18 KOs), WBC #8 and IBF #11 rated middleweight, is 32. He is best known for two close fights with then-WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik in 2009 and 2010; both of them being lost by the Italian via rather disputed decisions. 34-year old Cendrowski (22-3-2, 8 KOs) has fought a number of second-tier European opponents, winning most but losing some fights as well. His only stoppage loss came in the BBU title match-up in 2009 against Kai Kauramaki but the Pole was injured in that bout. Mariusz has twice defeated previously unbeaten German Thomas Troellenberg and also scored a draw against 23-0 compatriot Damian Jonak.
Cendrowski has fought both Spada and Khurtsidze. He has lost a relatively close call to the Italian (albeit by a unanimous decision) in 2008 and was thoroughly outpointed by Khurtsidze a year ago.
Cendrowski versus Spada headlines a huge night of boxing, staged by Salvatore Cherchi, a leading Italian promoter. Two major fights for WBC international titles will make up undercard of the show. Former WBC middleweight world title challenger Emanuele Della Rosa (28-1, 8 KOs), WBC #7 at the time, battles undefeated British fighter “Notorious” Nasser El-Harby (13-0-1, 1 KO) for the WBC intl. belt at 154 lbs. His only loss came against… Zbik (via a split decision in between two of Sebastian’s fights with Spada). Also, two Italian fighters with unblemished records Emanuele Blandamura (16-0, 3 KOs) and Luca Tassi (15-0, 7 KOs) will square up for a vacant WBC International Silver title at 160lbs.