Featured UBO Champion: Giovanni Carpentieri

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UBO  -  Universal Boxing Organization™

Current Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) International Light Heavyweight Champion Giovanni “El Mamba” Carpentieri, 14-4-3 (4), from Roma in Italy, turned professional at the age of 24 in 2014.


He did so in Australia, where he had based himself at the time, and started off with a first round victory over fellow debutant David Harrison at the Entertainment Centre in Hurtsville, New South Wales.

But things didn't go quite as well in his next two bouts in Australia, as he lost decisions to undefeated locals Richard Smith (2-0) and Mohamed Yousef (1-0).

When he returned to Italy, and boxed close to home, in May of 2016, things went from bad to worse when he was outpointed by Antonio Di Mario (0-1), and then drew against Luigi Mantegna (2-55) a couple of months later.


With a record of 1-3-1, it looked like a long shot that he would ever develop into a championship calibre fighter. Giving up, or settling for a career as a journeyman looked like the most obvious options for him.

But Carpentieri had other plans, and build himself back up. He went undefeated in his next nine outings, before taking a gamble by going to Canada for a fight against 6-0 (5) hot-shot Lexson Mathieu, losing in four rounds.

He learned from the experience, won another four fights in a row before winning the vacant UBO International title against compatriot Francesco Castellano (6-3-1) this past March, scoring a unanimous decision after an action-packed scrap in Rome.

A professionally made behind-the-scenes video is available on Youtube.

Carpentieri has since stayed busy with a fourth round knockout of Hungarian Peter Orlik (24-30-1), waiting for bigger challenges in the near future.







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