Ivan Zuco go back into the ring. Friday, March 24, atAlliance Cloud in Milan (live TV and streaming exclusively on Dazn from 8pm), the super-middleweight – 16 wins out of 16 (14 for the limit) – will defend the WBC international title against the English Germain Brown (12-1-0, three for the limit). “It will be a tough game against a strong opponent in which I will defend my belt at all costs. Between Croatia and Spain I trained hard to arrive prepared for this match. I’m excited and impatient to fight, also because winning would mean I can finally compete for the European Championship. To quote Million Dollar Baby “risking the magic of everything to achieve a dream that no one sees but you,” Zucco’s words about defending the title captured last April in his Verbania by knockout in the second round against Serbian Marko Nikolic.
Before entering the ring, the Serb had a respectable resume: 28 wins (12 by knockout) from 29 contested bouts. That win established Zucco as one of the rising talents of Italian boxing. That day in April, “Ivan, Ivan, Ivan” had been the cry in his gymnasium Verbania as soon as the 26-year-old entered the ring, there was applause. Zucco’s path is unstoppable and he will try to continue his undefeated run. On April 16, 2021, he captured the Italian title with a six-round win over Luca Capuano in Milan, then defended it with a three-round win against Ignazio Crivello in Verbania in July 2021.
Confirming that Italian boxing has found a talent. He is left-handed (“There are many famous people in the sporting world, Rafa Nadal and Lionel Messi to name but two, he had noticed in the past), fast and hungry. “For Friday, I expect a very hard-fought and “headline” match. I’ll try to put it more physically, I’ve trained really hard for this fight and I think I’m physically superior. The challenger is a very good opponent, intelligent and strong, but I am no less. I like to compare myself to a valuable man like him. I’m dreaming of a great night like many we’ve had and the icing on the cake would of course be a big win, the defense of the title and victory for Italy as it will be a game against an Englishman. I will try to win for everyone, but especially for myself and for all the sacrifices and renunciations I have made so far,” Zucco concludes.
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