Overwhelming pressure and high professionalism
Sergey Rabchenko of Belarus defends European Championship title and WBC Silver belt (EBU version) for third time in a row, beating Italian champion Adriano Nicchi in second round with a knock-out
By Yegor Glebov
This junior middle-weight title (under 69.9kg) is the 23rd in his professional career, which has seen 23 victories across 23 fights (with 17 knock-outs). Rabchenko, 27, first claimed the European Championship title on June 16th, 2012, after knocking-out in the seventh round five-time UK champion and twice European champion Ryan Rhodes.
On the eve of Rabchenko’s title fight, on March 30th, a rating fight took place in the light welterweight division (under 63.5kg) in which Italian Paolo Gassani was knocked-out by Kirill Relikh, 23, in the first round.
The Chairman of the Belarusian Federation of Professional Boxing, Gennady Narkevich, congratulated Sergey Rabchenko on his success in Monte Carlo and noted that it reflects the hard work of famous Belarusian coach Sergey Pytalev, combined with the English school of boxing as represented by twice world professional champion Ricky Hatton.
Speaking about his defeat of Italian Adriano Nicchi, Mr. Narkevich emphasises his admiration for athlete. “Rabchenko’s overwhelming pressure and high professional mastery ensured his success. I’d also like to congratulate Kirill Relikh on his convincing entrance to the international arena. I see huge potential in Sergey Rabchenko, who is benefitting from the great experience of those guiding him, and other Belarusian boxers, to the peak of world professional boxing,” added Mr. Narkevich.