While the attention of Minnesota boxing fans was on Kolle-Vanda 2 last Friday night, the USA and Italy boxing teams were contesting a dual meet in Reno, Nevada.
Amateur boxing is always relevant to fans of pro boxing, because today’s amateurs (obviously) are tomorrow’s pros. But Minnesota fight fans have more reason than usual to follow our national team; one of our own is on the team. The young and improving light heavyweight Robert Brant, a resident of Oakdale, is the US national champ at 178#.
Friday night the USA men’s boxing team took four of 12 mens’ bouts – a slight improvement over last time, when they won only three – while Brant dropped a close decision to Simone Fiori, who has beaten him before. One womens’ bout was also contested, with the USA grabbing a bonus win.
Results from USA -vs- Italy:
Flyweights: Louie Byrd (USA) is defeated by Alex Ferramosca (Italy) by decision
Bantamweights: Raushee Warren defeats Alessio DiSavino by decision
Flyweights: Santos Vasquez is defeated by Vincenzo Picardi by decision
Lightweights (women): Mikeala Mayer defeats Romina Marenda by decision
Lightweights (men): Adrian Martinez is defeated by Domenico Valentino by retirement, 2:32 of the 2nd round
Light welterweights: Jamel Herring is defeated by Davide Cencianelli by referee stoppage
Welterweights: Eduardo Alicea defeats Diego DiLuisa by decision
Middleweights: Jesse Hart defeats Luca Podda by decision
Light heavyweights: Robert Brant is defeated by Simone Fiori by decision (9-6)
Heavyweights: Javonta Charles is defeated by Clemente Russo by decision
Super Heavyweights: Lenroy Thompson is defeated by Roberto Cammarelle by decision