Latvian boxer Nikolajs Grishunin lost the first heavyweight title of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) “International” in the fight on Friday in Milan.
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Grishin gave way to Italian Fabio Turki, who won the vacant IBF “International” champion belt, in ten rounds of points.
Judges Turki awarded the victories with 99:91, 98:92 and 100:90.
Grishun, 36, made his professional boxing debut four years ago, winning 12 of 15 fights during the time, five of which ended in a slaughter. In the previous duel on November 2, 2019, he beat the Montenegrin Jemala Bosnyak by points.
Ventspils is so far the only Latvian boxer who has won prizes in the highest quality amateur competitions since the restoration of independence – he is the bronze winner of the 2008 and 2015 European Championships.
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old Turki has climbed the ring 19 times during his career, winning 18 victories, 13 of them with a knockout. In a previous fight on 11 October last year, he lost points to Britain Tommy McCarthy, losing to the World Boxing Council (WBC) International Champion Belt.
Four years ago, he competed with Latvian boxer Artūrs Kulikauskas, winning by points.
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