Lou Savarese

Lou Savarese
Weight Heavyweight
Height 6’5
Reach 80
DOB July 14, 1965
Birth Place Bronx, NY
Lives Houston, TX
Began Boxing at the age of 20 around 1985...
Dominant Hand Right
Pro Record 43-5,35 KOs
Division Heavyweight
Manager Bob Spagnola
Trainer Bobby Benton

- 1996 NY Golden Gloves Champion, beat Alex Stewart.
- 1988 Olympic Trials...Lost by DQ to Riddick Bowe.

Biography Below....

Lou Savarese is widely known as one of boxing's nice guys. Unfortunately for his recent opponents, that kindness hasn't extended between the ropes, where "Big Lou" has won his last four bouts, three
by knockout.

Included in this winning streak is a 12 round decision victory over up and coming prospect David Bostice and an emphatic fifth round stoppage of former two-time heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon. Needless to say, to the 37-year-old Savarese, age ain't nothin' but a number.

"To quote my manager, Bob Spagnola, 'a day is a year in the heavyweight division,'" said Savarese. "I've learned that 50 times over, and it's so true."

Born in New York on July 14, 1965, Savarese had an impressive amateur career in the metro area before turning pro on April 30, 1989 with a fourth round knockout of James Smith.

A local favorite, Savarese piled up win after win, sometimes in spectacular fashion, and soon started to be noticed not only for his boxing skills, but as a marketable athlete in a division in danger of becoming boring.

But if Savarese couldn't pull it off in the ring, all the TV appearances and magazine features wouldn't mean a thing. After building up a 35-0 record, Savarese faced a huge test in fellow prospect Buster Mathis
Jr. on November 1, 1996.

Showcasing all his skills for the boxing world, Savarese stopped Mathis in seven rounds to win the vacant USBA heavyweight title.

That victory earned Savarese a fight with the legendary former heavyweight champion George Foreman. On April 26, 1997, the two heavyweights battled on even terms for 12 rounds, with "Big George" eking out a disputed split decision.

Discouraged by the fight with Foreman, a bout he and many others thought he won, Savarese took on rugged Nigerian David Izon in November of 1997, and unfocused, was KO'ed in five rounds.

The skeptics now doubted "Big Lou", but Savarese was still confident in his ability to compete in the division. He proved it with three straight wins, including a spectacular first round KO of former heavyweight king
Buster Douglas, and a decision win over previously unbeaten Mount Whitaker.

After the Whitaker fight, Savarese, now living in Houston, where he resides today with his wife and two children, lost bouts to top heavyweight contender Michael Grant and former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson.

Following the loss to Tyson in June of 2000, Lou took a much-deserved year off from the sport of boxing to spend time with his family and rest.

In May of 2001, Savarese returned with a vengeance, stopping Marcus Rhode in two rounds. Four wins have followed, and after his win over Witherspoon, "Big Lou" is once again a player in the heavyweight

It' couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.