On November 5 at Palazzo dello Sport in Rome (Italy), European middleweight champion Matteo Signani will defend his belt against Spanish boxer Ruben Diaz, in a twelve round bout in the main event of the Roma Boxing Night, promoted by Opi Since 82 and Matchroom Boxing. The event will be streamed by DAZN.
Born in Cesena, Italy 42-years-ago, and a professional since April 2007, Signani built a record of 38 fights with 30 wins, (11 inside the distance), 5 losses and 3 draws.
Signani won the vacant European middleweight belt with a points win over Gvorg Khatchikian in Trento (Italy) on October 11, 2019 and defended it by knocking out Maxime Beaussire (France) on October 10, 2020 in Caen (France).
Matteo, where are you training for this fight?
“I am training at the Ring Side Boxe gym in Rimini, as usual. My coach is Gian Maria Morelli, while the cutman is Daniel Scarpellini. They will be in my corner during the fight. I am used to working with them and as the saying goes - ‘never change a winning team.' Right now, I am in Nurimberg (Germany). I wanted to make an experience abroad and spar with new fighters. This gym is full of professional fighters and that helps me for a fight with the European title on the line.”
Are you already in the best shape possible?
“Yes, I am ready for Ruben Diaz and I will beat him.”
If you win, will you defend the Euro title for a third time?
“I don’t make long term projects, but everybody knows that my dream is to fight for the world middleweight title.”
Do you consider yourself a fighter or a boxer?
“I consider myself a complete fighter. I can box, but if my opponent opens his guard I can knock him out.”
Do you have a fighter that you view as a role model?
“I always admired Marvin Hagler, Carlos Monzon and Manny Pacquiao.”
In the co-main event of the Roma Boxing Night, European Union featherweight champion Mauro Forte (16-0-1 with 6 KOs) will put his belt on the line against Francesco Grandelli (15-1-1 with 3 KOs) over the twelve round distance.