Last October, Giovanni De Carolis learned not to leave it in the hands of the judges against a local favorite. Yesterday, he put that lesson to good use, knocking out German youngster Vincent Feigenbutz in Offenburg.
De Carolis had dominated Feigenbutz in their first bout, only to lose a decision. This time around, the fight was a bit more competitive and the judges a bit more reasonable; two had De Carolis (24-6, 12 KO) up 96-94 going into the eleventh, while a third had it 98-92 for him.
As it turned out, they weren't even necessary, as an overhand right sent Feigenbutz (21-1-1, 19 KO) Judah-ing to the ropes, where the Italian veteran slammed power punches into his face until the referee stepped in.
With Andre Ward moving up to light heavyweight, De Carolis earned the vacant WBA super middleweight title with the victory. Where he goes from here is anyone's guess.