Willie McLaughlin’s Milano Thunder bid arrivederci to Dynamo Moscow in the WSB Team final in London.
Willie McLaughlin’s Milano Thunder claimed the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Team Championships trophy following a 4-1 rout of Dynamo Moscow in London last night.
Italian Olympian Vincenzo Picardi edged Thunder into a 1-0 lead with a points decision over Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin at the ExCel, the venue for boxing at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Branimir Stankovic, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Clemente Russo, who have been beaten by Ireland’s John Joe Nevin, Darren O’Neill and Con Sheehan in recent seasons, also secured victories for the Italian side last night.
Hungary’s Imre Szello, who has lost out to Ken Egan and Joe Ward in international competition in the past, was beaten by Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Dynamo Moscow.
Donegal-native McLaughlin wasn’t included in the Thunder team to face the Russians last night.
However, the Illies GG club-man played his part in what has been an historic season for Milan with four straight victories in the WSB in 2011/12.
Last night’s win marks the second occasion that a European side has claimed the WSB Team Championships as John Joe Nevin’s Paris United won the inaugural trophy last season.