Phil Lo Greco: “I’m The Biggest Troll There Is”
Phil Lo Greco knows he’s walking into the ring with a target on his back on April 21st, because he’s the one who put it there.
The self described “biggest troll there is,” battles Amir Khan on April 21st at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Lo Greco’s hoping to steal a victory and the spotlight from the former champion.
The Canadian born fighter has felt the heat from Khan’s fans, but has decided to have some fun at their expense, by taking a page out of the late night TV playbook.
“I’m a big fan of banter and don’t take online trolls seriously at all,” said Lo Greco in a conversation with FIGHT SPORTS.
“At the end of the day its all fun and games until someone gets punched in the face.”
Lo Greco decided to embrace being an antagonist, claiming that “I made the mistake of playing Mr. Nice Guy for too long, my career was already in the hands of the wrong people.”
The Canadian fighter made it clear he wasn’t “Mr. Nice Guy” at the fight’s initial press conference, where he pushed Khan’s buttons to the point that Khan would throw a glass of water in his face, nearly inciting a brawl.
“Picture this, if I had walked into that original press conference and said the same-old “Thank you for this wonderful opportunity” spiel, would the fight have gotten this much attention? Let’s face it, I single handedly sold this fight.”
Lo Greco’s venom has continued leading up to fight night, blasting Khan’s run on the reality show I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. Lo Greco laughed at the idea of being on a show for “has-beens.” “He was fifth place on a reality show, which he swore himself to be a platform for has-beens. So yes, he definitely fit the shows criteria there.”
Taking it even further, Lo Greco told FIGHT SPORTS that Khan “completely disrespects the sport of boxing by tuning in and out as if its a part time job.”
In comparison, Lo Greco feels that unlike Khan, he is a role model for young boxers because of being able to create his own brand. “I on the other hand, was able to create boxing’s first YouTube show for the fans, at my OWN expense.”
“I have always considered myself a role model both in and out of the ring and have never left the sport. I live for this s***.”
Lo Greco faces Amir Khan on April 21st, in Khan’s first fight in over two years at the Echo arena in Manchester, England.