Swide congratulates Dolce&Gabbana Milano Thunder who took an emphatic 4-1 victory against Dynamo Moscow in the final of the World Series of Boxing at the ExCeL arena in London last night to win the Championship for the first time.
Bantamweights Vincenzo Picardi (Italy) and Vladimir Nikitin (Russia) kicked off the action which saw the Milano Thunder fighter edge it in a thrilling encounter by a split decision. Then Russian fighter Adlan Abdurashidov, this season's top ranked Lightweight took on Milano Thunder’s emerging talent from Serbia, Branimir Stankovic. Against all odds it was Stankovic who emerged the victor giving the Milanese team a 2-0 advantage.
With only one bout needed to secure the title for Dolce&Gabbana Milano Thunder it was left up to Middleweight supreme king Sergiy Derevyanchenko to take on Maxim Gazizov of Dynamo Moscow. Derevyanchenko showed great patience and superior strength and skill to pick off his opponent in the latter stages and the title was in the bag for the Thunder.
Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Dynamo Moscow got the better of experience Hungarian Imre Szello to make the scoreline more respectable but Heavyweight Clemente Russo was drawn into a slugfest by Moscow’s Vitaly Kudukhov. With the title already safe for Dolce&Gabbana Milano Thunder Italian Russo was able to play a patient game and come back with a series of furious body blows in thr last round to seal the victory on a split decision. Que wild celebrations from the Milano Thunder captain and it was he who had the honour of lifting the trophy for the Milan team.
The World Series of Boxing is a team boxing championship competition without vests or head guards and uses professional style scoring in 5 weight categories. The competition has just completed its second season and judging from the great success, both in attendance and viewing figures the format has a big future.
The concept came about as a way of facilitating amateur fighters who wish to compete yet don’t want to forfeit their chance to compete in the Olympics by turning professional. Therefore the World Series of Boxing was born which gives the best fighters the chance to compete in a professional manner without giving up their amateur status.
Dolce&Gabbana came on board as name sponsors of the franchise as a direct result of Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce’s passion for sports and particularly and their willingness to support this sport at the grassroots level, supporting a team of passionate fighters. Indeed Stefano Gabbana is a keen boxer himself and boxes to keep fit.
Dolce&Gabbana is committed to the sporting philosophy with many sponsorships and partnerships with major clubs such as AC Milan and Chelsea FC, it comes from the men’s love of sport, a love that recently saw Dolce&Gabbana launch a new fragrance The One Sport specially dedicated to the noble spirit of sport. Sport is all that is best of man and it is through the sportsman’s daily commitment to his passion, his toil and hard work that he surpasses the ordinary and through the realization of his sporting dreams becomes extraordinary. The modern sportsman is a hero in every sense and The One Sport is a celebration of every man.
The Dolce&Gabbana Milano Thunder boxers have written their names in history and they are heroes to us. We at Swide have followed their progress from day one, through their unsuccessful first campaign through their qualifying rounds in the WSB 2011-2012 season, the semi-final and final we know how hard these guys have worked for the victory and they deserve every bit of it. In sport victory comes through hard work, you can’t get away from it.
Next week Swide will feature the first in a series of fitness videos filmed exclusively with the Milano Thunder fighters. Their boxing fitness programme is the basis of their well-earned victory, so you too can see how these athletes get themselves in peak physical condition and ready to take on the world. Boxing is a simply awesome workout and builds core strength as well as toning and shaping muscles. Check out the Milano Thunder Fitness programme here on Swide!
Four of Dolce&Gabbana Milano Thunders Italian boxers, Clemente Russo, Domenico Valentino, Vincenzo Picardi and Vittorio Parrinello as well as Hungarian Miklos Varga have already qualified for the summer Olympics in London 2012, so for now the fighters can take a well-earned break and enjoy the moment. Well done Milano Thunder we’re proud of you!