Michael Eifert Wins Snoozefest Against Adriano Sperandio
On July 16, in Magdeburg, Germany, light heavyweight hopeful Michael “Diesel” Eifert (11-1, 4KO) stepped into the ring against Adriano Sperandio (14-2, 2KO) as both fighters looked to step out of the shadows.
Sperandio is not only not well known in the boxing world but in his own country of Italy. The Italian light heavyweight titlist has fought below-average competition with his sole defeat by the hands of once hopeful prospect Marko Nikolic back in 2019. He had an opportunity to change everything with a win that would land him a spot in the rankings.
Diesel ranks number nine by the IBF and once held the organization’s Youth light heavyweight title. The young German boxer will enjoy home-field advantage. Furthermore, he avenged the only blemish on his record by defeating Tom Dzemski in their 2021 rematch. Eifert needed a dominating performance to make a case he should be part of any championship talks.
NOT MUCH TO TALK ABOUT
The fight started extremely uneventful as both fighters spent more time going backward or feinting. Diesel fought as if he was using low-grade gasoline, yet he won the first three rounds by default from sheer activity with the jab.
Things picked up a little as Sperandio came forward looking to be aggressive. He landed a good left hook and straight right hand to the body. However, Eifert continued using the ring while landing the jab and the occasional hook to the body. A clash of heads caused a cut above the left eyebrow of Eifert, who continued to fight off the backfoot using the jab.
Down the stretch, Eifert’s jab continued to land against a bloody-nosed Sperandio who kept his head on the centerline. There was little action as Sperandio managed to get Eifert against the ropes, but the fight returned to the center of the ring with Eifert using the jab until the final bell sounded.
Two judges scored it 96-95 and one saw it 98-92 in favor of Eifert. Despite winning, Eifert will need to do way better in order to get the attention of the bigger names in the division along with the boxing community.
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By: Garrisson Bland