Norwegian cruiserweight ‘King’ Kai Robin Havna (18-0) knocks out Egypt’s Hani Atiyo (inflated 18-8) by 1.12 to advance to the third round of the scheduled eighth round . .
Havnaa took a long time to warm up and his rather clumsy opponent did the best he could. The third “King” Kai went to work and slugged it with Atiyo, who fell the moment he was hit with a solid punch. A big overhand right. It was a pretty bad knockout that took Atiyo some time to revive.
In the co-feature, super featherweight Bernard Torres (17-1) stopped Venezuela’s Christian Avila (18-8-1) in the eighth and final rounds. Torres maintained a fast pace, beating brave yet outclass opponents in every round of a fight that could have been stopped before.
The Fight of the Night was a Scandinavian showdown between Norwegian welterweight Jamshid Nazari (9-1) and Dane Frank Madsen (7-4), with Nazari winning by majority after six hard-fought rounds. I won.
Italian cruiserweight Fabio Turchi (21-2) faces Australia’s Floyd Masson (12-0) on April 1 in Brisbane for the vacant IBO title. Turch, who lost to Richard Liakporue last year, rebounded just six weeks later with a win over Stefan Mihailov, but was later acquitted after being suspended after testing positive for a banned substance.
Italy’s super featherweight Michael Magnesi (21-1) faces Dominican Republic’s Eridson Garcia (17-0) on March 31 in Rome for the vacant WBC International title. Magnesi lost the IBO title to Anthony Kakaas in a final fight in a contested split decision.