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McDERMOTT FOE: THIS ITALIAN IS NO TOMATO CAN
By: Declan Hughes
Floriano Pagliara looks like he should be preparing for a photo shoot in Paris, not preparing to step into a boxing ring to challenge Danny “Little Mac” McDermott in North Bergen tomorrow night.
If Pagliara is concerned about McDermott re-arranging his features over 6 rounds, it didn't show at the weigh in at Shuetzen Park ball room hall tonight. He doesn’t think of himself as model or a movie star, but a straight-ahead brawler who wants to change everyone's impression of him as a European soft touch. McDermott-Pagliara is the main event of the Pound for Pound promoted “May-Hem” show. Pagliara, 30, (9-2, 6 KOs) is fighting an uphill battle to change the perception of European boxers.
Considering McDermott (7-1, 2 KOs) is a hardened prospect of several ring wars since his pro debut in 2005, Pagliara will have to walk through fire to get to victory.
McDermott, who has beaten tough fighters this past year, including Ricardo Rosas, Jose Guzman and spoiler Darrell Martin, doesn't think Pagliara is any less of a challenge. But he isn't looking at Pagliara as a walk in the park either.
"He has a European style, but he's a tough fighter," McDermott said. "He's coming to win this fight. He came to America for this, to fight against another up and comer. For me, this is a break through fight. This guy is 9-2. I need to beat guys like Floriano Pagliara to get to where I want to go. Pagliara, 30, doesn’t seem concerned about fighting McDermott in his backyard.
"Fighting in an opponent's hometown is a little bit of an advantage for him, but the ring is my home," said Pagliara, who will be fighting in the U.S. for the first time.
Pagliara has fought 10 of his 11 matches in Italy. Pagliera’s lone match outside of his country was his last one, nine months ago when he fought Juan Carlos Martinez in Mexico City, Mexico - Martinez hometown. In that match, Pagliara stopped Martinez in four rounds.
Now, Pagliara lives and trains out of Brooklyn, NY with famed trainer Hector Roca in his corner.
Pagliara and McDermott are fighting to get to the next level in their careers. Pagliara believes he has just as good a chance at winning it as McDermott.
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