Daniele Scardina: “I respect Giovanni De Carolis, but I will beat him on May 13 in Milan”
WBO Intercontinental super middleweight champion Daniele Scardina will defend against former WBA World champion Giovanni De Carolis on May 13 at Allianz Cloud
On May 13, at Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy, Opi Since 82-Matchroom-DAZN will promote a major card with a tripleheader.
In the main event, WBO Intercontinental super middleweight champion Daniele Scardina (20-0, 16 KOs) will defend against former WBA World super middleweight champion Giovanni De Carolis (30-10-1, 14 KOs); European super bantamweight champion Mary Romero (7-2, 2 KOs) will defend against former Italian champion Maria Cecchi (7-0, 2 KO); and Vincenzo La Femina (10-0, 5 KOs) and Matteo Lecca (9-2, 4 KOs) will fight for the vacant Italian super bantamweight title.
DAZN will stream the show live and later on-demand. Tickets are selling fast, mostly because of Scardina-De Carolis, considered a super-fight in Italy.
Daniele Scardina is very popular in Milan because he is from Rozzano, a town close to Milan, but has since moved to Miami Beach to train at Dino Spencer’s 5th Street Gym. Despite living in Florida, Daniele has fought in Milan for the past three years, winning five consecutive fights in the super middleweight division, claiming the IBF International, European Union, and WBO Intercontinental championships.
The undefeated 30-year-old built a fan base in Milan and became famous nationally working at successful TV shows like Dancing With The Stars and has featured in many magazines because of his show-biz personality.
Known as 'King Toretto', Daniele is the most famous boxer in Italy, whereas Giovanni De Carolis is a more of a quiet, humble man, who doesn’t talk much and has shunned show-biz attraction, but in the last couple of months he too has received a lot of mainstream media attention because he worked in the movie Ghiaccio with some internationally known Italian actors like Vinicio Marchioni and Netflix star Giacomo Ferrara. Put all this togheter and you will understand why a sold-out crowd is expected at Allianz Cloud which has a capacity of 5,300.
Daniele, how is training going for this fight?
“I am training twice a day, as usual. In the morning I do boxing for two hours at 5th Street Gym while in the afternoon I do one hour and half of athletic training. Recently, I had the opportunity to spar with the undisputed middleweight king Gennady Golovkin. His team put up a training camp in Hollywood, a city one hour from Miami Beach. They needed sparring partners and common friends told them about me. So, they called me and I immediately accepted. With my coach Dino Spencer we went to Hollywood, I sparred with Golovkin and he complimented me! So, we sparred again and then a third time. It was a great experience!”Read more…
What do you think of Giovanni De Carolis?
“As a fighter, Giovanni proved to be a champion. As a man, I respect him a lot. I met him when I was in Rome for a TV show and I trained at Italo Mattioli’s gym where he trains too (Italo Mattioli is Giovanni’s coach). Giovanni is a good guy who knows how to relate to people and talking to him was a pleasure. That said, I will beat him on May 13!”
This fight is getting a lot of media attention in Italy. Are you conscious that you are involved in the Italian fight of the year?
“Yes, I do and that motivates me a lot. I would like it if thanks to this fight boxing was more popular in Italy. To sell out arenas again we must bring back people who stopped buying tickets years ago and we must conquer new fans.”
In the last three years you won three championships. Are you satisfied?
“Yes, I am satisfied and I want to keep on winning to reach my goal: to fight for the world championship.”
Are there any opponents that you would like to fight to get in the USA the same media attention that you are getting in Italy?
“I am used to move one step at a time. Right now, my goal is to beat Giovanni De Carolis and I don’t think about anything else.”