Boxing: Diaz, Signani? I want to retire as European champion

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(ANSA) – ROME, OCTOBER 29 – The moment of the ‘Rome Boxing Night’ is approaching when, on Friday 5 November at the Palazzo dello Sport, the European middleweight champion Matteo ‘the jaguar’ Signani, 42 years old from Cesena and military of the Coast Guard of which he is chosen first class sub-chief, will be giving away the title against the official challenger, the Spaniard, also 42 years old, Ruben Diaz, nicknamed “El destructor”. He has a professional record of 30 matches, of which 26 won (17 before the limit), 2 tied and 2 lost. In the middleweight category he was two-time champion of Spain (in 2006 and 2014) and of the European Union (from 2016 to 2018). In the past he was also national champion in the super middleweight category, and was stopped for almost four years from May 2008 to February 2012.

“I studied Signani – says Diaz – and I consider him a very strong boxer. For this reason, I have been training for several months with Jesus Labrador, a highly rated coach in Spain. This will be my last fight and I want to end my career as a champion. Europe”. So if he becomes continental champion he won’t defend the title? “Right now, the answer is no. I don’t think I’ll change my mind: I’ve had a good career, the European title would make me feel satisfied.” Having been champion of middle and supermedium Spain, what is the natural category? “Middleweight. I fought for the national supermedium title only because I had the opportunity and I jumped at it.” After hanging up his gloves, Diaz will not remain in the boxing world, even if he has had proposals to be a coach. “I really don’t think I do it – he says -. I will continue to train because I like it, but I will not stay in the boxing environment”. (HANDLE).


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