Britain's Joe Bugner retained his European heavyweight boxing title in Bologna, Italy, on Saturday (1 March) by beating the Italian Dante Cane in a furious and bloody contest.
SV Round 2: Burner falls on ropes as Cane hits out. Fighters into clinch and referee parts them.
SV Bugner throws left and right. Referee parts fighters. Fighters into clinch and parted again. Cane gestures to Bugner. Bugner knocked onto ropes. Referee halts fight.
SV Round 3: Referee parts fighters. Burner throws.
SV Pressmen in ring after fight stopped. Cane walking around ring dazed, embraces Bugner and waves to cheering crowd.
SCU Bugner in dressing room being interviewed.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 7: REPORTER: "What happened in the second round?"
BUGNER: "Well, I hit Cane with three punches: a left, a right and a left. The right one, which was a short hook, sliced him going across the ring. If you look at the cut under his left eye, you will find that it's a zig-zag. It couldn't possibly have been done with the head, as he claimed it bloody was."
This film is serviced with an exclusive interview with Joe Bugner by Visnews reporter, Ivor Gaber.
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Background: Britain's Joe Bugner retained his European heavyweight boxing title in Bologna, Italy, on Saturday (1 March) by beating the Italian Dante Cane in a furious and bloody contest.
The fight, at the Palazzo Dello Sport, was stopped by a doctor at the end of the fourth round after he examined a massive gash above the Italian's left eye.
After the fight, Bugner said, in an exclusive interview with Visnews, that the cut was inflicted by a short right hook in the second round. But Cane and his supporters claimed it was caused by a head butt.
Cane's tactic of charging at his opponent, and Bugner's prodigious counter-punching turned the contest into a brawling affair.
From the second round, when Cane's eye was opened, both fighters were splashed with blood. There were many clashes of heads causing the referee to intervene. And, on one occasion, Cane, angered by his injury, almost barged his opponent out of the ring.
When the fight was stopped, coins and rubbish were hurled onto the ring by disappointed spectators.