Phil Lo Greco: I owe it to my fans to fight in Toronto
Welterweight contender Phil Lo Greco has told WBN that he wants to line-up fights in his hometown as the Canadian contemplates a return to the ring after suffering his first loss.
The 29 year-old is yet to trade blows in his birthplace of Toronto through 26 professional bouts and believes it is about time he went full circle following his defeat to Shawn Porter in May 2013.
Lo Greco has taken a year out to clear his head following the unanimous decision reverse to Porter, who then went on to claim the IBF welterweight belt in his next fight against Devon Alexander.
Being so close to a world title fight and just falling short has made Lo Greco take stock and re-think his career direction, with a discussion about a move back to his roots set to be broached with promoters Golden Boy.
“It’s been fourteen years for me not fighting at home and I am getting tired of being a road warrior. I owe to my fans in Toronto to give them some big fights,” Lo Greco explained to World Boxing News.
“I came to realize like, holy shit I haven’t fought at home for that long! There is a reason why there is a home fanbase for me and have to give the fans what they want to see.
“I’ll be telling Golden Boy I am fighting home as it makes no sense me fighting on undercards when I have huge local support in Toronto.
“There is a reason why fighters fight at home and make money, and unless it’s a mega fight and you go where the event is hosted, you should be able to headline fights in front of your own fans.
“I have yet to discuss it because I took time off, but I want to hear the requests of local support and I think it is fair that I should be able to fight at home make as it makes sense financially too as boxing is a business
“I know (Showtime’s) Stephen Espinoza is up for bringing Showtime/ShoBox to Toronto as he told me and I think it would be a good start.
“So, I have to discuss with GBP, but as I said I am tired of being a road warrior as so far it has gotten me nowhere and makes no sense to continue when I have so much local support.
Lo Greco went on: “Toronto has a population of three million people, so it’s an Open maket for boxing and I would be foolish not to do it
“I am going to fight hard to finally get some fights at home where I think it’s deserved and as right now it makes no sense for my situation to keep doing what I have been doing.”
An announcement on Lo Greco’s next fight will be made in due course.
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