Vincenzo Gualtieri and Thomas Piccirillo both survived their second straight unbeaten opponents without suffering a defeat.
Of course, it also meant neither boxer walking away with a victory.
A hard-fought bout between the pair of unbeaten middleweights resulted in a 10-round majority decision draw Friday evening at Havelstudios in Berlin, Germany. Scores were 96-94 Piccirillo and 95-95 twice, in the opening bout of a televised tripleheader on Germany Sport 1.
Both boxers were coming off of rewarding wins over previously unbeaten opponent on the same show in this very venue this past June. Wuppertal’s Gualtieri outlasted Alexander Pavlov, claiming a 10-round majority decision on a card that saw Piccirillo—a transplanted Italy native now based out of Cologne—edge Adam Amkhadov over eight rounds.
Gualtieri fought like the more experienced fighter, though there was never any quit in Piccirillo. The compact Italian middleweight came forward all evening, disrupting Gualtieri surges with sharp right hands which bloodied the nose of his foe.
The modest-sized crowd of 100 or so fans on hand changed ‘Capo! Capo!’ any time Gualtieri landed a meaningful punch, while also rolling out the chant to will the unbeaten middleweight to victory. A more active workrate from 27-year old appeared to be the difference in an entertaining affair, though it was only enough to pull even in the end.
Gualtieri is now 15-0-1 (7KOs), while Piccirillo’s record moves to 7-0-1 (2KOs).
The bout served in supporting capacity to a junior middleweight title eliminator between Jack Culcay (28-4, 13KOs) and Abass Baraou (9-0, 6KOs) to determine the number-two contender in the IBF 154-pound rankings.
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Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox