Phil Lo Greco yet another local boxing star
Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012 7:25PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 18, 2012 8:30AM EDT
Montreal continues to be a hotbed for up and coming boxers, and Phil Lo Greco is no exception.
With a 24-0 record with 13 knockouts, the 28-year-old is currently ranked 12th by both the World Boxing Association and the World Boxing Council.
A win on Nov. 17 in Atlantic City is expected to put him in the top 10 of the welterweight division.
Lo Greco started his pro career under Howard Grant in 2006, and after fighting in Italy for a few years, he's back.
He said the Grant brothers are the reason so many top-level boxers come out of Montreal.
“I believe they are the best trainers, not only in Canada, but best trainers in the world,” he said.
A self-promoter earlier in his career, Le Greco is now managed by Golden Boy Promotions in the hopes it will land him bigger names and tougher fights.
“I want fights where people think I'm going to get my ass whipped. Those are the fights that are going to make me work out,” he said.
At 28, he’s mature and is learning to better manage his game.
“I'm dedicating my time to where it has to be. Whether it’s the mitts or the sparring or just one-on-one conversation with coach Grant and sometimes I just learn off of him just by talking. You don't have actually be in the gym and throwing punches,” he said.
That said, he still has an aggressive style, said Grant.
“I try calm him down. Sometimes he has rage and he want to throw the bombs like (Rocky) Marciano and he’s the young Italian… but it's all work in progress,” he said.
“It's timing, timing, timing, timing. He's going to get his time sooner or later.”