On the 25th of June FCC, 29 will go underway, hosted at the Bolton Arena. The promotion has put together a card with some of the finest amateur prospects taking part.
The fight billed as the ‘European Eliminator’ could see Mateusz Szczepaniak earn a title shot if he overcomes former FCC champion, Emile Vujakovic. Mateusz began his career as a welterweight, and had a successful start to life, picking up 5 wins in his first 8 bouts. Having transitioned to middleweight in 2020 he has so far achieved a mixed record of 2-2. However, Mateusz has only lost bouts against two of Poland’s top 10 ranked middleweights, putting in a good performance in each bout. He feels at home in the middleweight and is ready to put on a show.
We had the pleasure of speaking to Mateusz Szczepaniak ahead of FCC 29, read the full interview below.
Mateusz Szczepaniak in the Lead up to the Fight
Your last outing was in December of last year when you stopped your opponent in the second round via KO/TKO. How do you feel going into this middleweight bout?
“I feel really good in this division, I’m faster than my opponent for sure.”
You are going into this fight with the possibility of beating a former FCC champion and staking your claim as the next championship contender. What can fans expect to see from you on June 25th at FCC 29?
“This will be a great show for everyone, in my opinion, this will be the fight of the night.”
When this fight was offered to you, what was your initial reaction? And was this a fighter on your radar before being offered the bout?
“My first reaction to this fight was, “Why not? A good challenge for me, I take it for sure”, I wrote to my coach to tell him about this fight, and he agreed, I’m here.”
In the lead-up to this event, preparing for your opponent, have you identified any strengths or weaknesses in their game? If so, are you training towards suppressing their game plan or bolstering your own skill set?
“In my opinion, with what he is doing? I don’t think about it. I am doing something special, but we will see. It’s a good opponent.”
Mateusz Szczepaniak: Future Aspirations and Fight Prediction
We are at the midway point of the year, where would you like to be by the end of the year if you can walk away from FCC 29 with a win? And what is your goal over the next five years?
“Now I am focused on this fight. I don’t know what can be possible in the future.”
Lastly, how do you predict this fight will go?
“I will win for sure. It does not matter how.”
We appreciate Mateusz Szczepaniak giving us his time and answering our questions ahead of the fight, we wish him the best of luck!
Featured image credits to Mateusz Szczepaniak