Michele di Rocco

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Michele di Rocco
Statistics
Nickname(s) The King
Weight(s) Light-welterweight
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Nationality Italian
Born (1982-05-04) 4 May 1982 (age 35)
Foligno, Umbria, Italy
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 45
Wins 41
Wins by KO 18
Losses 3
Draws 1

Michele di Rocco (born 4 May 1982) is an Italian professional boxer of Romani origin. He is a former European and European Union super-lightweight champion, and has challenged once for the WBA super-lightweight title. As an amateur he won a bronze medal at the 2002 European Championships and represented Italy at the 2004 Olympics, both in the lightweight division.

Professional career[edit]

On 2 October 2004, di Rocco made his professional debut against Marian Bunea, stopping him in four rounds. He won his first regional championship—the European Union super-lightweight title—on 26 December 2006, defeating Giorgio Marinelli via unanimous decision (UD). One defence of the title was made a month later, on 30 January 2007, when di Rocco travelled to Finland and scored a UD over Juho Tolppola. On 21 September 2007, di Rocco lost his title to veteran and fellow Italian Giuseppe Lauri, who stopped him in seven rounds. In a rematch five years later, on 14 April 2012, di Rocco stopped Lauri in one round to regain his now-vacant title.[1]

Di Rocco's career highlight came on 8 June 2013, when he defeated Lenny Daws via UD to win the vacant European super-lightweight title. However, the decision was highly disputed by Daws.[2] Four successful defences were made of the title over the following two years. On 28 May 2016, di Rocco travelled to Scotland to face former two-weight world champion Ricky Burns, with the vacant WBA super-lightweight title on the line. In a very one-sided fight where di Rocco was knocked down twice, Burns won by stopping him in the eighth round.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
45 fights 41 wins 3 losses
By knockout 18 3
By decision 22 0
By disqualification 1 0
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
45 Loss 41–3–1 Eduard Troyanovsky TKO 4 (10), 2:18 1 Jul 2017 Luzhniki Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia
44 Win 41–2–1 Mikheil Avakyan DQ 4 (6) 25 Mar 2017 Atlantico Live, Rome, Italy Avakyan disqualified for repeated fouls
43 Loss 40–2–1 Ricky Burns TKO 8 (12), 1:57 28 May 2016 The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland For vacant WBA light-welterweight title
42 Win 40–1–1 Alexandre Lepelley KO 8 (12) 30 May 2015 Teatro Principe, Milan, Italy Retained European light-welterweight title
41 Win 39–1–1 Kasper Bruun TKO 9 (12) 28 Feb 2015 Teatro Principe, Milan, Italy Retained European light-welterweight title
40 Win 38–1–1 Ruben Nieto UD 12 3 Oct 2014 Polideportivo Fernando Martín, Fuenlabrada, Spain Retained European light-welterweight title
39 Win 37–1–1 Istvan Kiss KO 3 (6) 17 May 2014 Pala di Fiore Ostia, Rome, Italy
38 Win 36–1–1 Ville Piispanen UD 12 21 Dec 2013 PalaBadminton, Milan, Italy Retained European light-welterweight title
37 Win 35–1–1 Lenny Daws UD 12 8 Jun 2013 Palazzetto dello sport Elio Pentassuglia, Brindisi, Italy Won vacant European light-welterweight title
36 Win 34–1–1 Laszlo Robert Balogh TKO 1 (6) 20 Oct 2012 Palazzetto dello sport Gianni D'Arco, Santa Teresa Gallura, Italy
35 Win 33–1–1 Giuseppe Lauri TKO 1 (12) 14 Apr 2012 PalaRewatt, Vicenza, Italy Won vacant European Union light-welterweight title
34 Win 32–1–1 Laszlo Szekeres PTS 6 27 Jan 2012 Palazzetto dello sport Mario D'Agata, Arezzo, Italy
33 Win 31–1–1 Laszlo Robert Balogh TKO 1 (6), 2:34 7 Oct 2011 Palazzetto dello sport, Monserrato, Italy
32 Win 30–1–1 Robert Cristea PTS 6 22 Jul 2011 Palazzetto dello sport, Cecina, Italy
31 Win 29–1–1 Laszlo Komjathi PTS 6 4 Dec 2010 Palazzetto dello sport, Decimomannu, Italy
30 Win 28–1–1 Peter McDonagh PTS 6 24 Jul 2010 Stadio Is Arenas, Quartu Sant'Elena, Italy
29 Win 27–1–1 Arnold Turos KO 2 (6), 2:56 12 Mar 2010 Palazzetto dello sport, Bertinoro, Italy
28 Win 26–1–1 Carlos Winston Velasquez PTS 6 25 Sep 2009 Geovillage Sport Wellness & Convention Resort, Olbia, Italy
27 Win 25–1–1 Attila Molnar KO 4 (6) 17 Jul 2009 Stadio Casaleno, Frosinone, Italy
26 Win 24–1–1 Juan Martinez PTS 8 26 Jun 2009 Piazza dei Rioni, Porto Santo Stefano, Italy
25 Win 23–1–1 Hassan Saku TKO 2 (6) 28 May 2009 Pala de Andrè, Ravenna, Italy
24 Win 22–1–1 János Petrovics PTS 6 20 Feb 2009 Palazzetto dello sport, Frosinone, Italy
23 Win 21–1–1 János Petrovics PTS 6 19 Dec 2008 Palazzetto dello sport di Via Austria, Grosseto, Italy
22 Win 20–1–1 Rafael Chiruta PTS 6 14 Nov 2008 Palazzetto dello sport, Carbonia, Italy
21 Win 19–1–1 Ferenc Szabo KO 4 (6) 12 Jul 2008 Sequals, Italy
20 Win 18–1–1 Laszlo Szekeres PTS 6 9 Jun 2008 Foligno, Italy
19 Loss 17–1–1 Giuseppe Lauri TKO 7 (12) 21 Sep 2007 PalaBastia, Livorno, Italy Lost European Union light-welterweight title;
For vacant WBC International light-welterweight title
18 Win 17–0–1 Zoltan Kalocsai KO 2 (6), 2:36 25 May 2007 Pala de Andrè, Ravenna, Italy
17 Win 16–0–1 Mircea Lurci TKO 3 (6) 27 Apr 2007 PalaBotteghelle, Reggio Calabria, Italy
16 Win 15–0–1 Juho Tolppola UD 12 30 Jan 2007 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland Retained European Union light-welterweight title
15 Win 14–0–1 Giorgio Marinelli UD 12 26 Dec 2006 Grosseto, Italy Won European Union light-welterweight title
14 Win 13–0–1 Anton Glofak TKO 4 (6) 15 Jul 2006 Piazza Municipale, Sequals, Italy
13 Win 12–0–1 Kalman Norbert Gagyi PTS 6 23 Jun 2006 Bonassola, Italy
12 Draw 11–0–1 Giorgio Marinelli SD 10 9 Jun 2006 Stadio della Pallacorda, Rome, Italy Retained Italy light-welterweight title;
For European Union light-welterweight title
11 Win 11–0 Miro Dicky PTS 6 26 May 2006 Palazzetto dello sport, Grosseto, Italy, Italy
10 Win 10–0 Antonio Mastantuono TKO 7 (10), 1:48 17 Mar 2006 Palazzetto dello sport, Grosseto, Italy, Italy Retained Italy light-welterweight title
9 Win 9–0 Massimo Bertozzi UD 10 21 Oct 2005 Centro Umbria Affari, Bastia Umbra, Italy Won Italy light-welterweight title
8 Win 8–0 Elad Shmouel UD 10 8 Aug 2005 Piazza della Pace, San Mango d'Aquino, Italy Won vacant IBF Youth light-welterweight title
7 Win 7–0 Igor Krbusik TKO 2 (6) 20 May 2005 Palazzetto dello sport, Grosseto, Italy
6 Win 6–0 Csaba Toth PTS 6 21 Mar 2005 San Mango d'Aquino, Italy
5 Win 5–0 Roland Dekany TKO 5 (6) 1 Mar 2005 Palazzetto dello sport, Grosseto, Italy
4 Win 4–0 Jozef Kubovsky PTS 6 18 Dec 2004 Marina, Grosseto, Italy
3 Win 3–0 Nicolae Burloi PTS 6 27 Nov 2004 Palazzetto dello sport Massimo Carrino, Genoa, Italy
2 Win 2–0 Veselin Dimitrov Vasilev TKO 3 (6), 2:22 15 Oct 2004 Palazzetto dello sport Lastra a Signa, Florence, Italy
1 Win 1–0 Marian Bunea TKO 4 (6), 1:56 2 Oct 2004 Palazzetto dello sport, Grosseto, Italy Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sukachev, Alexey (14 April 2012). "Di Rocco Destroys Lauri in Rematch, Boschiero Wins". BoxingScene. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Boxing - Lenny Daws may appeal decison against Di Rocco". Eurosport. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  3. ^ Dielhenn, James (29 May 2016). "Ricky Burns beats Michele di Rocco to win the WBA super-lightweight title". Sky Sports. Sky. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2016.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Krzysztof Bienias
IBF Youth light-welterweight champion
5 August 2005 – June 2006
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Decha Kokietgym
Preceded by
Massimo Bertozzi
Italy light-welterweight champion
21 October 2005 – December 2006
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Brunet Zamora
Preceded by
Giorgio Marinelli
European Union light-welterweight champion
26 December 2006 – 21 September 2007
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Lauri
Vacant
Title last held by
Vittorio Oi
European Union light-welterweight champion
14 April 2012 – October 2012
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Lenny Daws
Vacant
Title last held by
Denis Shafikov
European light-welterweight champion
8 June 2013 – December 2015
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Ruben Nieto