Mauro Forte vs. Francesco Grandelli Featherweight Rematch
Undefeated Italian southpaw Mauro Forte will look to avenge
his draw against Francesco Grandelli in a 12-round rematch
for the vacant European featherweight title this Friday, May
5 at the PalaSport Tivoli in Tivoli, Italy.
Forte-Grandelli II and undercard bouts will stream live and
exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+ starting at 3 p.m. ET/12
Forte (17-0-2, 7 KOs) is a 24-year-old contender who made
his pro debut in April 2016 with a decision victory over
Jacopo Lusci. In his second fight, just three months later,
he fought to a split draw against Vincent Eroe. Forte then
embarked on a 15-fight win streak before meeting Grandelli
for the first time in November 2021. Grandelli (16-1-2, 3
KOs) is a 28-year-old who got his start in the paid ranks
with a decision win over Marco Iuculano in May 2015. He
experienced an early draw in his fourth fight and suffered
his first loss in his sixth fight before scoring 11 straight
wins ahead of his first battle with Forte. Their initial
encounter ended in a split draw after 12 closely contested
rounds, and the two are ready to settle unfinished business.
In other streaming action from Tivoli, Italy:
Undefeated junior bantamweight Stephanie Silva (7-0) makes
her 2023 debut in a scheduled 10-round clash against
France’s Mailys Gangloff (8-3, 2 KOs). Silva is a
27-year-old Italian contender who is coming off a 10-round
decision win over Ewelina Pekalska last October.
In a battle of undefeated bantamweights, Italy’s Simona
Salvatori (8-0, 2 KOs) and France’s Johanna Wonyou (8-0, 2
KOs) will collide in a 10-round battle. Salvatori is coming
off a unanimous decision win against Bethy Franco last
October, and Wonyou is coming off a fourth-round TKO victory
over Egine Kayange in March.
Armando Casamonica (9-0, 1 KO) will put his undefeated
record on the line in an eight-round junior welterweight
fight against Francesco Acatullo (13-11-3, 1 KO).