Of many things prizefighting is known for, its criminal connection is one of the most persistent attributes.
Tasos Berdesis, 39, a solid Greek boxer and a multi-time amateur champion was killed in a targeted drive-by shooting outside Aeolos boxing gym in Vari, East Attica, on Monday morning, May 31st.
Investigators believe the mafia-style execution of the Berdesis, appears to be related to feuds between rival gangs. Police investigators said the man, a retired boxer, was shot at least 10 times on Andreas Papandreou Street with a machine-gun while sitting in the front passenger seat of a car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have launched a manhunt for the perpetrators.
The victim worked as a doorman at popular nightclubs and provided security for businesses. Berdesis had a criminal record and had served time in prison. In 2015, he was charged by police over his alleged participation in an extortion racket but was later acquitted.
Berdesis compile a short but relatively successful career as a pro, going 7-0-1, 6 KOs, since his debut in 2014. He outpointed 12-1-2 world-rated future WBO super middleweight title challenger Shefat Isufi in his first fight. Berdesis was last seen in the ring in December 2019, stopping Russian journeyman Sergey Beloshapkin.
Popular IBA female light welterweight champion Firuza Sharipova (13-1, 7 KOs) will continue her recent comeback on July 6th in Nur-Sultan (formerly known as Astana), the Kazakhstan’s capital. Sharipova will fight Russian Angelina Semenova (2-1, 2 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round tune-up.