By Per-Ake Persson
On of the best trainers in Italian boxing, Ottavio Tazzi, has passed away at the age of 84. Tazzi, born 1928, got into boxing as a kid but his own career derailed by World War II. Instead Tazzi began training fighters and over the years worked with the likes of Guido and Sandro Mazzinghi, Duilio Loi, Sandro Lopopolo and Italo Scortchini all training at the famed Doria Gym in Milano. Tazzi was also with the exellent Totip team headed by top promoter Umberto Branchini. Tazzi was the head coach and trained over the years the likes of Loris and Maurizio Stecca, Francesco Damiani, Valerio Nati, Vincenczo Nardiello, Miguel Cuello, Lorenzo Zanon, Rocky Mattioli, Kamel Bou Ali and Giacobbe Fragomeni and produced seven world champions. In 2005 Tazzi retired but remained close to boxing.
Felix Promotion staged a show Friday night in Budapest and was awarded with a full house - 1300 spectators - and with live television on Sport TV.
Former IBO light middle champ Attila Kovacs (pictured) retained the national title by stopping Lajos Munkaczy in the fifth after scoring two knockdowns.
Unbeaten cruiser Sandor Nagy, 10-0 (10), stopped former stablemate Csaba Faur, 6-1, in five to win the vacant Hungarian title.
Former WBO Euro champ Zsolt Bedak, 19-1, continued his comeback by winning on tko over game but outclassed Ignac Kassai, 13-28-2,
Lightheavy Richard Baranyi, 2-0 and a two-time national amateur champ, scored a bad knockout over Gabor Orsos, 1-1. Orsos had to be hospitalized but is now ok and out of the hospital.
Finnish Caramelito Promotions staged a show in Seinajoki Saturday night and in the mainevent middleweight prospect Fitim Latifi, 7-0, outscored veteran Kai Kauramaki, 18-19, to win the vacant BBU title. The three judges all had it 80-72 for Latifi, who is trained by Kalle Helenius, father and previous coach for the Nordic Nightmare, Robert Helenius. Next up for Latifi is a fight November 30 in Hamina against Timo Laine, 8-2, with the national title at stake.
Welters Stefano Castellucci and Ceferino Rodriguez clash for the vacant EU title October 18 in Avezzano on a show staged by De Clemente Promotions. The parties involved reached an agreement and thus today´s purse bids in Rome was cancelled.
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