Prospect Project: Sonny Conto

Heavyweight prospect 🇺🇸Sonny “The Bronco” Conto (6-0-0, 5KO) started his second year in the pro ranks on the undercard to the Light-Heavyweight bout between fellow Philadelphian Jesse Hart and Long Island’s Joe Smith Jr. Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Conto took on 🇺🇸Curtis “The Bad Guy” Head (5-5-0, 3KO) of Detroit, Michigan in a scheduled four round contest.


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Sonny Conto
Record: 6-0-0, 5KO
Weight: Heavyweight
From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 23
Height: 6’4″
Reach: 79″
Stance: Orthodox
KO rate: 83%
Alias: The Bronco
Signed: Top Rank
Debut: February 8, 2019
Years pro: 1
Rounds: 10
Trainer: Mickey Rosati

1-11-2020: Curtis Head, W (KO 1)
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey


Jan 11, 2020 / W KO (1)
Fight Review: The most important thing to leave the ring with is the W, and that’s about all Conto was able to take with him Saturday night as Head, who at 271¼ pounds, came in nearly 15 pounds heavier than his career high, and wasn’t able to provide anything in the way of solid work and rounds. Conto dropped Head halfway through the first round with a body shot and put him down a second time maybe a minute later, also with a left hook to the body which Head gladly took the ten count for. Conto continues to look the part early on, but nothing can be taken from this one considering the opponents effort.

Jan 8, 2020
Prospect Analysis:  The South Philadelphia native of Italian descent (cue Rocky clichés) is coming off of a successful introductory year as a pro, winning all five of his fights, four by way of knockout. Conto’s five opponents combined for a record of 14-21-1.

Conto comes with a boxing pedigree that includes winning the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves twice, and was a silver medalist at the 2017 National Gold Gloves. The athleticism from days as a college baseball player shows up in the ring. Conto has sparred at the highest level already, getting work in with Oscar Rivas and Tyson Fury, and also helping Jesse Hart prepare in his fight camp for Mike Gavronski in 2018.

Stands 6’4″ and in his last fight with Steve Lyons he weighed in at 214 pounds so there is room to fill out his frame. He’s learning to use his 79″ reach well, working behind a decent jab and displaying very good hand speed and good footwork.

Conto has a fanbase that has grown quickly and can be heard when he fights in Philadelphia. The 23 year old has already earned the honor of throwing out the first pitch at a Phillies game, been the cover story of Philadelphia Weekly and been a featured guest on a local morning show, so the star power is there.


Jan 8, 2020
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Sonny Conto vs 🇺🇸Curtis Head
Saturday, January 11, 2020
4 Round Heavyweight Bout
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
TV: ESPN, 6:30pm ET/3:30 pm PT

The Opposition: Curtis Head is a 35 year old Heavyweight out of Detroit, Michigan with nine fights under his belt in five years as a pro. Head has dropped three of his last four bouts, one of them by second round TKO, the only time he has been stopped. He lost his last fight in June of 2019 to Hasim Rahman Jr. by four round unanimous decision. Head stands 6’0″ and weighed in at 254 pounds in his fight with Rahman Jr.


Jan 8, 2020
Fight Outlook: Conto should shine in this one. Head won’t have any answers for the reach and athleticism of Conto, and the jab will be in his face from the opening bell. Conto should be able to open up his attack late in the first and close the show inside of four rounds.

 

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