Toronto’s Lo Greco in talks for fight with Khan
Phil Le Greco is looking forward to the biggest opportunity of his career – an April 21 bout in the U.K. against the former welterweight champion Amir Khan – but only for the right price.
"They got in touch with my managers, made me an offer. I asked them what the weight would be and they said 147lbs.," Lo Greco told Sky Sports recently, who reiterated that he wants a “fair deal.”
Lo Greco’s last bout, a majority decision over journeyman Mexican fighter Jesus Gurrola in Niagara Falls, took place at 163.5 lbs. (Ontario requires same day weigh-ins, which was likely a factor). Before that, Lo Greco weighed in at 149.5 pounds for his unanimous decision loss to prospect Joseph Elegele in June of 2016.
“OK, I said, but if they want me to fight at 147lbs. it is going to cost a little bit more because I didn't think it was reasonable enough,” Lo Greco said.
He added that it was peculiar that Khan wanted the fight at 147lbs. considering that he’s expected to compete against British superstar Kell Brook at 154lbs. later this year.
“Then I started thinking, wait a minute, why are they wanting to fight at 147lbs. yet realistically the fans are hoping to make a fight with him and Kell Brook, but Brook is up at 154lbs.” Lo Greco said. “Does that mean he doesn't actually want to fight him? Is he fooling the public? Doesn't he want to give the fans in the UK what they want to see?”
Lo Greco said that cutting to welterweight “comes at an expense” because he needs the right people around, including “proper nutritionists, proper doctors, it’s a whole difference science.”
Khan’s opponent is expected to be announced on Jan. 30 at a press conference in the U.K.