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Stefania Bianchini
 
   

Stefania Bianchini (5'4", 110 lbs) was born in Milan, Italy on April 11, 1970.

Stefania established herself as one of Italy's combat sport stars and competed for world titles in both boxing and kickboxing. She also competes in Muay Thai.

Her kickboxing career includes winning the WKA 50-kg (super flyweight) world title and the ISKA world 50.5-kg title in 1996, and the WPKL 51.5-kg world title.

On April 22, 1996 in Milan, Italy Stefania defeated Stefania Proietti of Rome to win the Italian women's 50-kg kickboxing title.

On May 3, 1997 in Legnano, Italy she won a four-round decision over Sabine Ritter of Switzerland. 

Stefania Bianchini

On July 10, 1998 at Circus Krone in Munich, Germany, she weighed in at 110 lbs and battled Germany's Regina Halmich (111 lbs) for the WIBF World Flyweight boxing title. Regina started strongly, catching the southpaw challenger with some heavy rights, but Stefania kept coming forward and still looked strong at the end of the fight. Stepafania never stopped pressing the German champion and hurt Halmich with a couple of strong lefts in the last two rounds, causing Regina to backpedal to keep herself out of trouble. At the end of the fight Regina had done enough to convince the judges to hand her the win by a razor-thin 96-95, 96-95 and 97-95 margin. Halmich ended this battle heavily marked across her nose and around both eyes, as she moved her own pro boxing record to 25-1. At this time, Bianchini's combined record (boxing and kickboxing) was 20-3-2 (3 KO's).

On May 4, 1999 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Stefania won the WIBF European Flyweight (50.8-kg) boxing title with a ten-round unanimous (100-92, 98-93 and 98-93) decision over Denmark's Sengül Ôzokcu, handing the Danish boxer her first loss. Ôzokcu fell to 10-1 with this defeat.

On November 20, 1999 in Milan, Italy, Stefania outpointed Lisa Houghton of Leeds, U.K. in a kickboxing bout, dropping the British fighter's kick record to 11-3-2.

On May 6, 2000 in Milan, she won the WPKL world Kickboxing 51.5-kg title with a points decision over Ilonka Goedhoop of the Netherlands.

On November 4, 2000 in Milan, Stefania won a ten-round unanimous decision over Mary Hart of the U.K. for the ISKA 50.5 kg Kickboxing World Title,

Waiting to fightUntil February 2001, Bianchini, like all Italian female boxers, was unable to demonstrate her boxing skills in professional bouts in her home country, because women's boxing (but not kickboxing) was prohibited. Stefania boxed with a German license that allowed her to fight in other countries until the Italian prohibition on female pro boxing was lifted.

On April 21, 2001 at Milan's Palovobis Stadium in the World GP 2001 Regional Tournament, Stefania won by a fourth- round KO over Renata Fuskova of the Czech Republic to retain the ISKA 50.5-kg Kickboxing World Title.

On October 19, 2001 at Castel Mella in Trieste, Italy, Stefania won a four-round boxing decision over Mariana Pampuk of Budapest, Hungary, who fell to 0-10-1.

On November 10, 2001 in Milan, Stefania won by a third-round TKO of Viktoria Varga of Hungary in a scheduled six-round boxing bout. Varga fell to 11-4 according to promoter information, 1-4 in fights confirmed to me.

On February 23, 2002 in Milan, Stefania won a four-round decision in a boxing rematch with Mariana Pampuk of Hungary, who fell to 0-12-1 with the loss.

On June 7, 2002 in Palazzolo, Italy, Stefania won a six-round decision over Mária Naroszsnik.

On November 1, 2002 in Varese, Italy, Stefania won a six-round unanimous decision in yet another boxing rematch with Mariana Pampuk. Perennial "opponent" Pampuk fell to 0-15-1.

On April 5, 2003 in Varese, Italy, Stefania (110Ľ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over Reka Krempf (110Ľ lbs) of Esztergom, Hungary for the European Flyweight (50.8-kg) boxing title. Krempf fell to 4-4-2 (1 KO).

On June 20, 2003 at Magenta, Milan, Italy, Stefania (111Ľ lbs) won by a fourth-round TKO over Judit Palecianu (109 lbs) of Romania (but now fighting out of Hungary), who fell to 4-4-1 (2 KO).

On December 17, 2003 at Palasport in Bergamo, Italy, Stefania (in black in photo at right from Team Bianchini) won a controversial ten-round split decision over the hard-charging Cathy Brown of Peckham, U.K. for the EBU Flyweight boxing title. Brown slipped to 10-5-0 (4 KO).  [Video]

Note the use of headgear by both boxers in this EBU title fight. Presently in Italy, women boxers are required by law to fight in headgear and 10-oz gloves, and this protection must be used even when fighting outside Italy! Sonia Grande, WBAN’s correspondent for Italian boxing, said, “Could you imagine Regina Halmich fighting Stefania Bianchini in Germany with Bianchini using different protections? Also ... all foreign fighters that come here to fight are subjected to these rules!”

On March 6, 2004 in Como, Italy, Stefania TKO'd Dounia Tai of France in the second round of a scheduled five-round bout for the WAKO 50-kg world title.

On July 16, 2004 at Comune di Toscolano Maderno, Italy, Stefania (111 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (99-93, 98-92, 98-92) decision over Réka Krempf (111˝ lbs) of Esztergom, Hungary in a succesful defense of her  EBU Flyweight boxing title. Krempf fell to 5-7-2 (1 KO) with the loss. In a full report on this bout, WBAN correspondent Ewan Whyte comments on the use of large gloves and headgear under the Italian women's pro rules: "Between the shiny leather headguards and the balloon-sized gloves, the only females endangered by Italian boxing are the cows ... with next to no chance of stopping an opponent, the only interest of the women is to score points. The number, not the force, of the blows is what counts. Punches are thrown from a distance; there’s no follow-up on a good shot; seldom does either fighter throw more than three punches in any one exchange ... Only towards the end, when both fighters were tiring and began to brawl, did this look much like a fight. Bianchini ... scored more often, and once, in the last round when she weaved to her left to avoid an innocuous-looking jab and was able to roll her body with the answering left hook, she managed to spin Krempf’s head to the side ... but for the most part, her attacks lacked venom and there was never any question but that Krempf would survive."

On March 19, 2005 at City Sporthall in Tapolca, Hungary Viktória Miló (110Ľ lbs) of Nyíregyháza, Hungary won a controversial ten-round split (Vilhelm Vogel 97-94, Imre Nagy 96-94, Matteo Fratini 94-96) decision over Stefania (110ľ lbs) for the GBU Flyweight Title. According to news sources the split decision "raised more than one eyebrow".  Viktória used her jab and short, two and three punch combinations to keep a distance between herself and the aggressive Italian. In the first half of the bout, Miló kept control, but as the fight progressed, she was less and less successful avoiding Bianchini’s attempts to get inside and tangle with the defending champion on the ropes. The close and even battle divided the judges partly along national lines. Miló improved to 13-4-0 (3 KOs) with the win.  

On August 7, 2005 at Pala Flaminio in Rimini, Italy Stefania (110Ľ lbs) won the vacant WBC World Flyweight title over Cathy Brown (110Ľ lbs) of Peckham, U.K. by a unanimous 96-94,96-95,96-94 margin in a 10 round rematch of their previous closely-fought bout.  Cathy Brown fell to 12-7-0 (5 KOs) while Bianchini improved to 14-2-0 (2 KOs) as a pro boxer.


Bianchini (left) was cut by a head butt against Shmoulefeld

On May 13, 2006 at the Sports Hall in Rezzato, Italy, Stefania retained her WBC Flyweight title with a five-round technical decision over Hagar Shmoulefeld of Israel. The bout was stopped after Bianchini suffered a severe gash to her right eye as the result of a head butt, while ahead on the judges' scorecards. Bianchini had outworked Shmoulefeld and shown a greater variety of punches in the battle of two southpaws.  Bianchini improved to 15-2 (2 KOs) while Shmoulefeld slipped to 8-4-3 (1 KO). 


Zhang (L) vs Bianchini in November 2006

On November 4, 2006 at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Stefania retained the WBC Flyweight title with a split draw against Xiyan Zhang from China. The fight was scored 96-94 for Zhang by Robin Dolpierre, 97-92 for Bianchini by Fabian Guggenheim while Belgian judge Daniel Van de Wiele scored it a 95-95 draw. Referee Richie Davies had his hands full to keep the fight going as there was a lot of holding and clinching, particularly by Bianchini who had a point deducted under the WBC cut-rule for an accidental head-butt in the seventh round. According to WBAN's correspondent Ewan Whyte, Zhang was seeking to land the big one throughout the fight while Bianchini clinched constantly and tried to exploit her greater experience. The endless clinching apparently exhausted the patience of neutrals in the crowd. The result was greeted with derisive whistles when the scores were announced, driving the promoter to take the microphone and appeal for the spectators to remain calm “out of respect for the fighters”. Zhang, who was the 2002 and 2004 AIBA world 54-kg amateur gold medalist, moved her pro record to 2-0-1 (she won the vacant WIBA Bantamweight world title in just her second pro fight by defeating top-rated New Yorker Alicia Ashley).


Bianchini (L) vs Tabbuso in May 2007

On May 18, 2007 at Pala Carnera in Udine, Italy Stefania (110Ľ lbs) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Maria Rosa Tabusso (5'5", 109Ľ lbs) of Rome, Italy defending the WBC Flyweight title. Tabusso fell to 11-3-2 (3 KO) while Bianchini improved to 16-2-1 (2 KOs).


Olszewski vs Bianchini in Spetember 2007

On September 14, 2007 at the Palasport in Rovigo, Italy,
Stefania (110Ľ) retained her WBC Flyweight title with a ten-round majority draw against Eileen Olszewski (110 lbs) of New York. The scorecards were 95-95, 95-95, and 97-93 for Bianchini.  Bianchini defended by holding on to Olszewski a lot during the fight.  The 39-year-old Olszewski progressed to 4-0-1 (0 KOs) as a pro after a 31-4 career as an amateur.

Galassi vs Bianchini On March 29, 2008 at Palasport Villa Romiti in Forli, Italy, Simona Galassi of Santa Maria Nuova, Italy won a ten-round unanimous (98-92,98-91,99-90) decision over Stefania for the WBC Flyweight title. Galassi, a three-time world amateur champion with an 84-1 amateur record who had been born in Forli, improved to 7-0-1 with the win. This bout marked a changing of the guard at the top of Italian women's professional boxing.

On June 21, 2008 at Piazza Roma, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Italy, Stefania won a six-round decision over Svetla Taskova of Sofia, Bulgaria who fell to 4-25-1 (1 KO).

Galassi vs Bianchini in Milan On October 24, 2008 at the PalaLido in Milan, Italy, Simona Galassi (111Ľ lbs) of Santa Maria Nuova, Italy again won a clear ten-round unanimous (100-90,100-90,99-91) decision over Stefania (111Ľ lbs) defending the WBC Flyweight title.  Galassi improved her pro record to 9-0-1 (3 KO's) while dropping Stefania's to 17-4-3 (2 KO's).

The rematch with Simona Galassi in Milan in October 2008 was Stefania Bianchini's last appearance as a professional boxer.

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