Scardina & Patera Score Wins on Italy
On October 25 at Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy, IBF International super middleweight champion Daniele Scardina successfully defended his title defeating on points two-time Belgian champion Ilias Achergui on the 10 rounds distance. During the second round, Scardina knocked down Achergui with a spectacular left hook to the jaw which sent the 2,600 spectators off their seats. The scores: 98-91, 97-92 and 98-91 in favor of Scardina. This fight was the main event due to Scardina’s huge popularity. Most fans were from Milan and from Rozzano, the town close to Milan where Scardina was born, grew up and still comes back several times a year despite living in Miami Beach where he trains at legendary 5th Street Gym. Daniele Scardina is now 18-0 with 16 KOs while Ilias Achergui falls to 13-5-1.
European lightweight champion Francesco Patera won on points against Italian champion Domenico Valentino after 12 entertaining rounds. Patera knocked down Valentino in the 12th round, but according to most people that wasn’t enough to justify the large advantage on the judges’ scorecards: 117-111, 117-110 and 117-111. Most spectators and journalists saw it a close fight. Patera’s record is now 23-3 while Valentino falls to 8-1. Valentino was born and still lives in Marcianise, close to Napoli, but proved to be more popular than expected in Milan as the crowds rooted for him for the entire fight.
In the third title match of the evening, Maxim Prodan beat on points Tony Dixon after 10 rounds winning the vacant IBF International welterweight title. Ukraine-born Prodan has been fighting in Milan for the past 4 years and has a following of Ukrainians and also Milanesi. Prodan used his trademark power punches, but couldn’t score the knock out. The judges saw it 97-93 and 98-92 for Prodan and 96-94 for Dixon. Maxim Prodan is still undefeated with a record of 18-0-1 with 14 KOs. Tony Dixon’s record is now 12-3.
The show was promoted by Matchroom Boxing Italy, Opi Since 82 and DAZN which streamed it live in Italy, USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain.
On October 25 at Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy, IBF International super middleweight champion Daniele Scardina (17-0 with 14 KOs) will defend against two-time Belgian champion Ilias Achergui (13-4-1 with 6 KOs) on the 10 rounds distance. The show is promoted by Opi Since 82, Matchroom Boxing Italy and streaming service DAZN which will broadcast it live in Italy, USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain. While born and raised in Rozzano, close to Milan, Daniele Scardina lives in Miami Beach and trains at legendary 5th Street Gym under coach Dino Spencer who has been in boxing for several decades, was a good friend of Angelo Dundee and met many times Muhammad Ali. Besides working with Scardina, Dino Spencer is also one of his closest friends. Scardina said that he considers Spencer a member of his family. That’s why Spencer is the best person to talk about Scardina.
Mr. Spencer, are you happy with the results of Daniele Scardina’s training ?
“I’m very happy. Daniele trains with great passion. He likes it and always wants to do more than necessary. Last week I told him to run for 20 minutes and he told me that he wanted to run for 1 hour. I had to explain him that overtraining is dangerous especially a few days from the fight. Same story when I told him to do 8 rounds with 2 different sparring partners (4 rounds each). Daniele wanted to spar more. I had to remember him that the October 25 fight is on the 10 rounds distance and therefore the job that he is doing is enough. If it was up to him, Daniele would train 24/7. That’s why I consider him a real fighter and I’m sure that he will make it big.”
You have a father/son relationship with Daniele. Why?
“Because that’s the kind of relationship I like to build with my fighters. In a family, people discuss, argue, yell, but stay united. In a business relationship, if a fighter doesn’t like his coach he will find another one.”
In sunny Miami Beach training seriously must be difficult. Fighters have too many temptations. How did you solve that problem?
“Convincing my fighters to live like Spartans. They train and rest. Period. They will have time to have fun after their professional career in boxing. Right now, a big event for them is coming to my house to watch a major fight on television. We talk, commentate the fight and build team spirit. By the way, Daniele is not my only Italian fighter. I also train Matteo Papa from Varese (not far from Milan) who has a professional record of 5-0 in the welterweight division. My door for Italian fighters is always open as I am Italian-American: my ancestors are from Corleone and Piana degli Albanesi, in Sicily. I grew up admiring Italian champions like Nino Benvenuti.”
Daniele, when you started training for the October 25 fight?
“Since the second week of August. I didn’t know my opponent’s name, but I knew that I had to fight on October 25 so I started running and doing athletic training alone. I didn’t enter a gym until I came back to Miami Beach. I stayed the entire month in Italy to get a vacation and also to attend Dino Spencer’s wedding in Corleone, the Sicilian town where his ancestors come from.”
What do you think about Ilias Achergui?
“He is a very good boxer. He won the national title in two weight divisions and deserves respect. He is used to fight for a title and win it. He will be a worthy opponent. That said, I will beat him.”
At 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach you always had quality sparring partners and you also had the opportunity to spar with world champions. Who are you training with right now?
“I trained and sparred with two Russians who proved to be much better than expected. When I sparred with world champions like Demetrius Andrade, my coach told me that I performed very well. So I will do it again when some world champion stops at the gym.”
This will be your third fight of the year in Italy. Do you plan to come back for good?
“No, Miami Beach is my hometown now. I miss Italy, but since I signed with Opi Since 82 I go to Milan every 3 or 4 months to fight and then I stay a couple of weeks to join my parents, my friends and this makes everything a lot easier.”
If you win on October 25, you will keep defending the IBF International belt or you’ll go after the European title which is a major step to the world championship.
“I didn’t talk about it with Opi Since 82 yet, but they know that I want to become world champion. Whatever makes me reach my goal is good. Right now, I have to worry only about my opponent as I need to keep the IBF International belt to move forward with my career.”
The Allianz Cloud in Milan will host another evening of Championship Boxing when Matchroom Boxing Italy and OPI Since 82 return on Friday October 25 for a stacked card full of title action to be shown live on DAZN.
Previously known as the PalaLido, the historic venue played host to an electric night of boxing in June as rising star Daniele Scardina outpointed Alessandro Goddi and European Lightweight Champion Francesco Patera stopped Paul Hyland Jnr in six rounds.
Scardina (17-0, 14 KOs) retained his IBF International Super-Middleweight title with a classy unanimous decision over Goddi earlier this summer and ‘King Toretto’ puts his ranking title on the line once more as he looks to secure a World title shot.
Patera (22-3, 8 KOs) returns to make the third defence of his European title against Campania’s Domenico Valentino (8-0, 1 KO), a former amateur World Champion, three-time Olympian and current Italian Lightweight Champion.
Ukraine’s rising Welterweight talent Maxim Prodan (17-0-1, 14 KOs) was last seen decisioning Nika Nakashidze and now gets the opportunity to fight for his second pro title when he meets Welshman Tony Dixon (12-2, 3 KOs) for the full IBF International Welterweight Championship.
Verbania Super-Middleweight Ivan Zucco (9-0, 8 KOs), Milan Super-Middleweight Luca Capuano (10-0, 2 KOs), Milan Middleweight Riccardo Merafino (6-0, 3 KOs), Bonemerse Super-Welterweight Nicholas Esposito (10-0, 5 KOs) and Navora Super-Welterweight Samuel Nmomah (11-0, 3 KOs) all feature on the undercard.
“Daniele Scardina is quickly establishing himself as one of the stars of the resurgence in Italian boxing and this year we have seen him score impressive back-to-back wins in Milan,” said Eddie Hearn. “We’re building something exciting in Milan after two successful shows and Daniele is at the forefront of that success. It’s another show full of title action as Francesco Patera defends his European title in an all-Italian clash with plenty more action further down the card.”
Salvatore Cherchi of OPI Since 82 said: “It’s always a pleasure to return to this historic boxing venue in Milan. Once again, we have three title fights topping the card with the popular Daniele Scardina back in action. The European Lightweight title is an all Italian affair between Franceso Patera and Domenico Valentino and knockout artist Maxim Prodan is looking for another big win.”
Veronica Diquattro, EVP Southern Europe DAZN, affirmed: “With this event in Milan, it will be a pleasure to conclude the first year of our collaboration with Matchroom Boxing Italy and OPI Since 82, which saw the return of Italian boxing to the spotlight with eight great nights, after years in which it had lost interest. We have guaranteed great visibility for Italian boxers and boxing not only on a national level but, also internationally within the other eight countries where DAZN is present. We are looking forward to continuing our adventure in the next season.”
Tickets will be available to purchase next week via www.ticketone.it