By Per Ake Persson
Casinò, Saint-Vincent, Valle d'Aosta - EBU middleweight champ Emanuele Blandamura (27-2, 5 KOs) retained the title tonight in Saint Vincent with a unanimous decision over Alessandro Goddi (30-2-1, 14 KOs) in an all Italian matchup that topped this OPI since 82 promotion. It was scored 115-113 twice and 116-112.
Heavyweight Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs) knocked out Croatian Ivica Bacurin (27-12) in the second.
Heavy heavyweight Matteo Modugno (18-0, 9 KOs), 275 lbs, returned to action and stopped Georgian Revaz Karelishvili (8-2) in the fifth.
Lightweight contender Devis Boschiero (41-5-1, 21 KOs) outscored Nicaraguan Lesther Cantillano over six.
IN OTHER NEWS: Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame (ACBHOF) Inaugural Induction weekend was a smorgasbord of boxing royalty, celebrity guests and legions of boxing fans. ACBHOF mission is to create visibility and awareness through annual inductions ceremonies; boxing champions, as well as the boxing community at-large will have their names enshrined into immortality by being inducted into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.
"Watching my vision come together with the assistance of Rodrick Green, the VP of Business Strategy, and Angela Crockett our Communications Director, along with the rest of my team and countless other supporters and fans across the country, who've embraced this endeavor has been overwhelmingly impressive." - Ray McCline, Founder & President
The trio of events, which were sponsored by the Claridge - a Radisson Hotel, kicked-off with a pre-reception and welcome address in the VÜE Rooftop Bar. The 150 guests included: Red Carpet Host Whitney Ullman, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Councilman Frank Gilliam, Dr. Nina Radcliff, Flo Anthony, Aaron Snowell, Lillo Brancato, Alan Goldberg, Ray Mercer, Mark Breland, Iran Barkley, Iceman John Scully, Tracy Patterson, Milton Luban, Chuck Zito, Grandy Twins, sponsors and stakeholders alike.
"The Claridge - a Radisson Hotel was proud to have hosted Atlantic City's first Boxing Hall of Fame induction class. It's events like this that make hospitality and history come to life in this city. From the Fight Fan Expo to the Gala it was a pleasure to see new faces and passion throughout a weekend of exceptional events. We look forward to hosting the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame events for years to come at The Claridge - a Radisson Hotel."- Cem Erenler, V.P. of Hotel Operations & Business Development.