Reid Knocks Out Nardiello, Parisi Stops Rey-Revilla
MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Unbeaten Robin Reid of England knocked out reigning champion Vincenzo Nardiello of Italy in the seventh round Saturday night to capture the WBC super-middleweight title.
Reid, a 25-year-old from Liverpool, dominated the bout from the first round on, proving stronger and more determined than the 30-year-old Italian.
Reid began the demolition of the WBC champion in the fifth round, when he landed a series of powerful combinations which shook Nardiello.
The Italian went down in the final seconds of the round on a flashing right hook to the chin, but the bell rang as American referee Frank Cappuccino was completing the count.
The bell could not save Nardiello in the seventh round, when Reid floored him with a powerful left to the body which left the Italian breathless on the canvass.
It was called at 2:58 of the round for the 22nd career victory _ the 17th by knockout _ for the English fighter, an Olympic bronze medalist at Barcelona.
Nardiello suffered his sixth defeat in 36 professional fights as he defended for the first time the crown won from South African Thulane Malinga at Manchester last July.
``Since I turned pro four years ago, I knew that I was going to become a world champion,″ Reid said after victory. ``And I knew from the first round tonight that I had the power to knock him out. I am really happy.″
Nardiello, who said he was hampered by an aching hand since the second round, explained Reid was as tough and difficult ``as I had expected him to be.″
``I was disheartened after being knocked down in the fifth. I am sorry for the fans, who supported me warmly. Now I want to win the title back.″
In another title fight on the same card, Italy’s Giovanni Parisi retained his WBO super-lightweight crown by stopping Spanish challenger Sergio Rey-Revilla in the fourth round.
Parisi, staging a voluntary defense of the title won from American Sammy Fuentes last March, floored Rey-Revilla three times in less than one minute leading to the toss of the towel from the Spanish corner.
The 28-year-old Italian took command of the fight beginning in the third round and produced an early end of the 12-round bout in the next.
Rey-Revilla, two years younger than the Italian world champion, went down the first time on a right uppercut to the body. A left to the chin floored him again as he resumed fighting and a flashing right hook to the jaw ended the bout at 2:03 of the fourth round.
As American referee Samuel Vinuet completed the compulsory count of eight the towel flew onto the ring.
It was the 33rd victory in 36 professional fights for Parisi, an Olympic champion in Seoul, whose record also includes one draw and two losses.
It was the second career defeat for Rey-Revilla whose record worsened to 18-2.