Matchroom Boxing Italy and OPI Since 82 will close out a difficult year in style with a stacked night of championship boxing on Thursday December 17 at the Allianz Cloud in Milan, with all of the action shown live on DAZN.
Former EBU European Lightweight Champion Francesco Patera (23-3, 8 KOs) looks to extend his five-fight winning streak against Italy’s Devis ‘Boom Boom’ Boschiero (48-6-2, 22 KOs) as they battle for the vacant WBC Silver Lightweight Title previously held by rising star Ryan Garcia.
Caldogno’s Luca Rigoldi (22-1-2, 8 KOs) defends his European Super-Bantamweight Title against Birmingham’s Gamal Yafai (17-1, 10 KOs), who has bounced back with three straight wins following his first career loss to former World Title challenger Gavin McDonnell.
Recent Matchroom and OPI signing Maiva Hamadouche (21-1, 17 KOs) defends her IBF Super-Featherweight World Title against Serbia’s Nina Pavlovic (6-3-1, 1 KO), with the Frenchwoman eyeing unification fights with Terri Harper and Hyun-Mi Choi if she is successful.
Spain’s European Champion Sandor Martin (36-2, 13 KOs) clashes with Nestor Maradiaga (8-9-1, 4 KOs) in an eight round Super-Lightweight contest and Roma’s Mirko Natalizi (8-0, 5 KOs) meets Manuel Largacha (9-9-6, 4 KOs) over eight rounds in a Super-Welterweight contest.
Matchroom Sport Managing Director Eddie Hearn said: “This is a stacked night of title action and I’m pleased to end a difficult and challenging year out in Italy on a high. Francesco Patera has been in red-hot form since he claimed the European Lightweight crown against Lewis Ritson back in 2018 and he’ll be knocking on the door for a World Title shot in the brilliant Lightweight division should he get past Boschiero.
“Gamal Yafai gets his European Title shot but faces a tough task against reigning champion Luca Rigoldi. It’s great to see our recent signings Maiva Hamadouche and Sandor Martin out so soon, there’s some huge fights out there for the both of them in 2021 if they win on December 17. Don’t miss any of the action on DAZN.”
Christian Cherchi of OPI Since 82 said: “We are delighted to close out this difficult year with one of our best shows to date since our launch with Matchroom Boxing Italy back in November 2018. Patera vs. Boschiero at the top of the bill is a great fight in a red-hot Lightweight division. There’s great title action from the top of the bill to the bottom with Luca Rigoldi defending his European Title against Gamal Yafai and Maiva Hamadouche defending her Super-Featherweight crown, plus Sandor Martin and Mirko Natalizi! Watch all of the action live on DAZN!”
Devis Boschiero: “I’m ready to fight Francesco Patera”
Milan, December 2, 2020 – On December 17 at historic Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy, former WBC World super featherweight title challenger and European super featherweight champion Devis Boschiero (Italy, 48-6-2 with 22 KOs) will fight former European lightweight champion Francesco Patera (Belgium, 23-3 with 8 KOs) for the vacant WBC Silver lightweight title. The event is promoted by Matchroom Boxing Italy, Opi Since 82 and DAZN which will stream it live. To fight for the WBC Silver belt, both men had to vacate a championship: Boschiero left the IBF Intercontinental super featherweight crown, while Patera the European lightweight title. Boschiero is 39 years old, while Patera 27.
Devis, are you ready to fight Francesco Patera?
“I’m more than ready, I’m in top shape! I have been training for the past 2 months and I have watched Patera’s fights on You Tube. Usually I don’t watch my opponent’s fights, I leave that job to my coach Gino Freo who then elaborates the right strategy to win. Patera is a skilled technician, very accurate when he throws punches, but lacks the power to win inside the distance. I had great sparring sessions with the current European super bantamweight champion Luca Rigoldi, we train at the same gym. I also had a sparring partner who is quite similar to Patera.”
Did you have problems making the weight?
“I never had problems when I fought at super featherweight, I don’t have them now at lightweight. As I said, I’m in top shape.”
So, we’ll see an action packed fight.
“I will give 100% as usual. I want to become WBC” Silver lightweight champion.”
Francesco Patera: “Devis Boschiero is a fighter, but I’m ready for him!”
Milan, December 3, 2020 – On December 17 at historic Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy, former WBC World super featherweight title challenger and European super featherweight champion Devis Boschiero (Italy, 48-6-2 with 22 KOs) will fight former European lightweight champion Francesco Patera (Belgium, 23-3 with 8 KOs) for the vacant WBC Silver lightweight title. The event is promoted by Matchroom Boxing Italy, Opi Since 82 and DAZN which will stream it live. To fight for the WBC Silver belt, both men had to vacate a championship: Boschiero left the IBF Intercontinental super featherweight crown, while Patera the European lightweight title. Boschiero is 39 years old, while Patera 27.
Francesco, did you watch Devis Boschiero’s fights?
“Yes, I know well his fighting style: Boschiero is a fighter who throws a lot of punches from the start to the last second of the last round and I know he will do the same with me. I’m ready to fight him because I trained very well at GMG gym in Liegi where I have been training for the last 14 years. For this fight, I also trained in Bruxelles. As usual, my coach is my brother Biagio who was a professional light heavyweight from 2005 to 2007.”
Did you already make the weight?
“Lightweight is my natural division and I eat the right way. Therefore I never had problems making the weight.”
If you become WBC Silver champion, you will be ranked high by the WBC. Who would you like to fight?
“My dream is to become world champion and therefore I would like to fight Devin Haney. I saw his fights and I think that his style is perfect for me. I would also like to challenge Teofimo Lopez because he defeated the great Vasyl Lomachenko for the franchise title and that makes Lopez the best lightweight in the world considering all the titles. I would consider an honor to fight Lomachenko.”
You were born in Belgium from an Italian father. Do you consider yourself Italian?
“My mother Antonia has also Italian ancestry. She was born in Belgium, but her family is from Sardinia and Abruzzo. My father Fortunato Antonio was born in Aradeo, in Puglia. Me and Biagio learned Italian language from our parents and we speak it well. So, yes: we feel Italians. By the way, my father had a passion for boxing and trained in a gym regularly. He never turned professional, but he made me and Biagio love boxing too.”
Also on the card, European super bantamweight champion Luca Rigoldi (Italy, 22-1-2 with 8 KOs) will defend against Gamal Yafai (UK, 17-1 with 10 KOs). IBF world super featherweight champion Maiva Hamadouche (France, 21-1 with 17 KOs) will defend against Nina Pavlovic (Serbia, 6-3-1 con 1 KO). Euro super lightweight champion Sandor Martin (Spain, 36-2 with 13 KOs) will fight Nestor Maradiaga (Nicaragua, 8-9-1, with 4 KOs) in a non title affair on the 8 rounds distance. Roman super welterweight prospect Mirko Natalizi (8-0 with 5 KOs) will fight Manuel Largacha (Panama, 9-9-6 with 4 KOs) on the 8 rounds distance. Opening the show, Samuel Gonzalez (Venezuela, 22-7 with 13 KOs) against Nicola Henchiri (8-3-2) on the six round distance.