Premier Boxing Champions is headed to Florida next Sunday (June 12) with a crossroads fight main event between veteran Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (27-2, 15 KOs) and Joseph Elegele (15-2, 11 KOs) live on Bounce TV from the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida.
Fans will recall Lo Greco for his brave stand last year against blue-chip prospect Errol Spence. Lo Greco was stopped in the third round, but has bounced back with a fifth round stoppage win over Pablo Munguia last October. Next Sunday’s fight will mark Lo Greco’s first welterweight bout since 2010.
“I don’t know much about Elegele but I will not take him lightly,” said Lo Greco. “I am always in the gym. I enjoy fighting. This is what it’s all about, fighting on television and making a name for yourself. A win here will get me one step closer to the bigger fights.”
Although the same age as Lo Greco, the 31 year old Joseph Elegele is a latecomer to the sport, having turned pro in late 2009 at 25. With two decision losses in his previous step-up fights against Aaron Martinez (2011) and Javier Molina (2013), Elegele is acutely aware this may be his last opportunity to reach the next level.
“People should watch me, because after this fight, I am ready to show the world that I am ready for the big fights,” declared Elegele. “This win will put me towards the top and in a position to fight top fighters. This is the best I have felt in my whole career. Lo Greco is a game fighter. This is my hometown and I will have a lot of people coming out to support me and I can’t wait.”
On the undercard, Australian light-heavyweight prospect Steve Lovett (15-0, 12 KOs) takes on Craig Baker (16-1, 12 KOs). The matchup has a bit of intrigue in the Ronnie Shields trained Lovett being one of the chief sparring partners that prepared Edwin Rodriguez in his matchup against Baker last May.
Rodriguez scored a third round knockout and this will be Baker’s first fight on the comeback trail.
“A win here will get me in the mix with the top contenders,” said Lovett. “I expect an entertaining fight and I am ready to go. Training camp is always good and I will be in the best shape possible on June 12. I helped Edwin Rodriguez prepare for his fight against Baker so I know him well. I am at the stage to step up to the next level.”
“I’m excited about this opportunity to take on a fighter like Steve Lovett,” countered Baker. “He’s highly regarded but I know that I have the skills and experience to beat him. I’m leaving it all in the ring. A win here puts me in position to get big fights so I plan on being impressive.”
Tickets are priced from $35-$75 and available at http://www.thelakelandcenter.com or calling 888-397-0100, or visiting the Lakeland Center box office between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.
The card airs on Bounce TV at 9 p.m. ET.