ProBox Promotions boxer Angelo Leo makes his long-awaited return to the ring Wednesday when he takes on Nicolas Polanco at the ProBox Event Center in Florida live on ProBox TV.
Leo last fought in June of 2021 when he edged Aaron Alameda, but told ProBox recently that he's been in the gym in the two years since, fine-tuning his craft, and sparring the likes of Nonito Donaire and Shakur Stevenson.
"It’s been a long two years since I last got in the ring but I feel great as I’ve been working hard in the gym," he said.
"I’ve been in the gym sparring Nonito Donaire, Shakur Stevenson, fighters from Japan, contenders. I’ve got that experience under my belt.
"The last two years have not been to waste as I’ve been working on my craft, skills, and my power. Also my speed, and most importantly my intelligence, and maturity."
ProBox spent some time in the gym with the newest addition to our stable and were impressed with his ability to keep his hands held high, his work-rate, and his dangerous shots to the body — something, he said, is a signature move of his.
He said: "I'm hungry to get back in there, and get myself in title contention. But first, I have to get past Nicolas Polanco.
"He's got 20 wins with four losses, fought some good fighters with experience under his belt. I know he's going to bring it, as he's got something to prove, but I've got something to prove as well."
Though he's not overlooking Polanco, he said he's determined to win, in style, so that he can make a rapid ascent to the top of the featherweight division and take out the champions.
"I want to get back in the ring as soon as possible. My goal at 126-pounds is to be a world champion once again, to unify, and be undisputed — the sky's the limit.
"All of the world champions are in my sights: Rey Vargas and Robeisy Ramirez, they’re all great fighters but I know I can handle my own, I can win, and I can beat them.
"I want all of them belts, whichever comes first, I’ll be ready."