Michel Soro (27-1-1, 17 KOs) defeated Italy's Emanuele Blandamura (23-2, 5 KOs) in a bout for the vacant EBU (European) middleweight title. Soro scores a eight round KO. The fight started out even with both fighters exchanging and landing well. Then Soro turned up the pressure in the 5th round. He finished his opponent by a superb hook sequence of left and right in the face, which sent Blandamura to the canvas. This is the 27th victory for the Frenchman , the 17th before the final and already the fourth this year.