Haithem Laamouz was crowned the WBC’s Mediterranean Champion after beating Italian Vittorio Parrinello, an olympic bronze medalist, in a fight held at Corradino Sports Complex.
After becoming the first ever Maltese person to have won a title belt, Laamouz took to social media to share his joy over his impressive result.
Laamouz’s victory represents a massive rebound from losing the Australian Lightweight title two years ago and could very well open the door to him chasing bigger fights in the future.
The champion boxer was initially meant to fight Benoit Manno, however, he was ruled out as he could not make the weight.
Parrinello, in fact, actually represented a much tougher fight fro Laamouz given his pedigree in international competition.
The WBC is one of four major organisations which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).
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I AM THE WBC MEDITERRANEAN CHAMPION! .. AND NEW!! THE FIRST MALTESE EVER TO HOLD A WBC TITLE! I am so happy i can’t explain it. I trained so hard to make it happen ☺⚡???? I MADE HISTORY ! I DID IT ! I FUCKIN DID IT ! THANK YOU ALL FOR BELIEVING IN ME ???????? FOR SUPPORTING ME. I THANK MY SPONSORS FOR ALL THEIR SUPPORT AND HELP @patrick.Schaerrer… U made this title happen. @darrendesira / always funding my training! @fort.fitness .. best gym on the island. @quickletsmalta @zanzi.homes @teamsportmalta For having my back when I need u . . #gettingstrongereveryday
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