1988-01-03 Gianfranco Rosi w rsc 7 Duane Thomas, Sports Palace, Genoa, Italy - WBC

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1988-01-03 Gianfranco Rosi w rsc 7 Duane Thomas, Sports Palace, Genoa, Italy - WBC. Referee: Larry O’Connell. Making his first defence and against all expectation, Rosi (153¼) was soon tearing into Thomas (154) with wide left hooks and overarm rights that completely took the latter by surprise. By the fourth both men were cut, Rosi between the eyes and Thomas over the right eye, but continued to trade. Having been taken out of his stride, Thomas was beginning to fade by the sixth, and in the seventh after being rocked by heavy rights he was slammed into the ropes by a barrage of blows as Rosi opened up with both hands. With it being clear that Thomas was through for the night, the referee called the fight off just as the American was slumping to the canvas. The finish was timed at 57 seconds.