Welterweight Phil Lo Greco is heading home to Ontario next month as the Canadian begins to rebuild following a third career defeat in 2016.
The former WBC International 147lb champion dropped a close decision to Joseph Elegele in Florida last summer, a reverse which ultimately meant a third loss from six for the ‘Italian Sensation’ since 2012.
Always determined, Lo Greco has now regrouped as the 32 year-old readies to compete at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls on a Lennox Lewis arranged bill, representing a return to Canadian soil for the first time since 2008.
“I plan on putting Niagara Falls on the boxing world map. it’s the Las Vegas of the north,” Lo Greco exclusively told World Boxing News.
“This will be the first show in over fifteen years there, so It will be great to be back at home.
“A lot of people compare Niagara Falls to Las Vegas, but obviously on a smaller scale, but we get 13 million visitors per year and that’s big.”
On a possible opponent and whether titles are on his mind for the near future, Lo Greco added: “This is a bounce back fight after a year off. The plan after this fight is to get a big fight and climb back towards a world title shot.
“I see most of my fights happening at home from now on. I’ve been a road warrior all my life but now I want to do things on my terms.
“I’m training this fight at home to see how it goes,” he explained.
Asked for his thoughts on former opponent Errol Spence challenging for a maiden world title this weekend in Sheffield against champion Kell Brook, Lo Greco believes a lot hinges of how the Briton and current world title holder has recovered from a damaging stoppage at the hand of Gennady Golovkin in September.
“Brook v Spence should be good fight. If Brook is not damaged goods from Golovkin, it could be an interesting outcome,” said Lo Greco.