By Marco Bratusch at ringside
29-year-old super middleweight Valerio Ranaldi (11-1, 6 KOs) retained his Italian domestic title via majority decision against mandatory challenger Alessandro Sinacore (12-2, 5 KOs) after ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday night in Maccarese, Rome (Italy). The fight topped a BBT Production card promoted by Davide Buccioni at “L’Ancora” Beach Resort with the ring placed aside the sea and with a good crowd in attendance to see the clash between two fellow Romans. Judges’ scorecards had it 95-95, 96-95 and a wider 97-94 in favor of the champion.
Southpaw Sinacore put on early pressure to force the fight, while Ranaldi took his time before starting his counter-attack in round two and especially in round three, when he momentarily shook Sinacore with a left hook. Sinacore fought back strong in rounds four and five, with Ranaldi suffering a cut on the left eyebrow that referee Di Mario ruled came as the result of a clash of heads. Ranaldi kept on boxing with fast flurries of punches in the following two rounds, using his right hand well as a straight punch or uppercut depending on the fighting distance. The fighters frequently traded punches throughout the fight, providing a fan-friendly affair.
At the beginning of round seven both men were bleeding as Sinacore also suffered two minor cuts at the external edges of both eyes, nevertheless he was the man who most looked for the KO, punching with real intention. Last two rounds were close and could have gone either way, with both men looking tired but giving their final effort until the last bell.
Sinacore’s corner, fans and manager soundly complained about the outcome which actually appeared fair to this writer at ringside, considering that at least three rounds were very close and difficult to judge. All in all, not a technically memorable fight but a good war of wills and an enjoyable show from start to finish between two local opponents.
On the undercard, featherweight Vittorio Parrinello (8-0, 1 KOs) won on points after six rounds over Gheorghe Trandafir (4-3-2). A cut on Mirko Geografo’s right eye forced the fight against Artem Karasev (8-25-2) to go to the scorecards after three rounds, providing a technical decision win for the 24-year-old Italian junior middleweight Geografo (7-1). Junior welterweight Francesco Lomasto (10-1) had to struggle his way to a close win on points over six rounds against rangy Ivans Levickis (23-22, 16 KOs) who knew how to use his jab to break Lomasto’s timing.