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 both 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. It was clear that Thomas was through for the night and with 57 seconds on the clock the referee called the fight off just as the American was slumping to the canvas.