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Orlando Fiordigiglio vs Sam Eggington set for September 19

DAZN goes back to Italy on Sept. 19.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

DAZN and Matchroom are back in Italy on Sept. 19, with Orlando Fiordigiglio facing Sam Eggington in the junior middleweight main event from Tuscany Hall in Florence.

Fiordigiglio (31-2, 13 KO) has the IBF International title at 154 pounds, which he won on April 26 with a victory over Stephen Danyo at the same venue, a majority decision over 10 rounds. With that minor belt comes an IBF ranking, of course. The 35-year-old Italian veteran has twice challenged for the European 154-pound title, losing to Cedric Vitu in 2015 and Zakaria Attou in 2017.

Eggington (26-6, 15 KO) is a well-liked scrapper whose best days it seems are behind him, even though he’s only 25. He won the Commonwealth welterweight title in May 2015 and added the British title two months later with wins over Joseph Lamptey and Glenn Foot, losing both belts to Bradley Skeete in March 2016.

Eggington is probably most famous for knocking out Paulie Malignaggi in March 2017, after which he beat Ceferino Rodriguez to win the European title at 147. But he lost to Mohamed Mimoune in his first defense, and was shockingly stopped in two rounds last September against Hassan Mwakinyo. In March of this year, Eggington took a beating against Liam Smith before the fight was mercifully stopped in the fifth round.

He has won two straight low-level fights since then, but it seems unlikely Eggington will ever reach the heights he has previously. But boxing can be a surprising sport.

The show will also feature returns for Devis Boschiero and Carmine Tommasone, among others.

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