Sonny Conto Rocky Balboa has been described as real life and Tyson Fury | Boxing News
For Sonny Conto, comparisons to Rocky Balboa come naturally, but Philadelphia’s heavyweight competitor says his birth power is far from “fictional”.
Contor’s Italian heritage, hometown itself and a similar nickname have been dubbed “real-life Rocky”, a sympathetic version of Sylvester Stallone’s famous film hero.
But the 25-year-old undefeated is emerging as a serious threat, ending the final fight with a one-shot knockout and already receiving support from WBC champion Tyson Fury.
Can you explain your nickname?
Bronze. A guy named Garrett Wilson, who was a professional wrestler, I think is now retired, he actually nicknamed me.
As you know, Rocky was an “Italian Equestrian,” so I’m “The Bronco,” and when I punch him it’s like a bronco kick. That’s where it came from. He plays.
Are you real life Rocky?
You can tell that. I am from South Philly, an Italian child. I am a heavy weight. I live in the same block that Rocky played in the movie, so you can tell that.
Rocky was fictional. I am my person.
How long have you been in boxing?
I started boxing when I was 10 years old. I was a physical child who always grew up. I never loved sports as much as I loved boxing, so one day I came home and told my mother that I wanted to do boxing.
My dad has always been in my corner since day one, we are a father-son group, and he has been great.
He’s strict with me, of course. I feel like he really cares about any father. Of course he is proud. We put blood, sweat and tears and many hours into this boxing.
Did you intend to give a big KO in your last fight?
Yes, it was fully configured. The jab sets everything up and I think my jab is one of the best.
It was set up by Jab and I too was born with that power.
What was it like to save with Tyson Fury?
It was a great and wonderful experience. He is definitely the best guy he does and he is a great man.
What you see is what you get. I lived with him for two weeks and he made me feel right at home. Leaving wisdom, being at the top of the game, was a great experience.
Did he give any advice?
He told me a lot of things. I only have a few boxing things to lift my intellectual intelligence and some things in life as well, boxing aside. He is a great teacher and a great father and may God bless you.
He likes to finting with that blow and it’s very unpredictable. It’s the best thing to do.
Fury then entered the ring ride of one of your fights?
That was pretty nice. He actually came to Philadelphia and took me outside because I think it was my fifth professional fight.
Man, it was a really crazy moment. It may be one of the happiest moments of my career so far.
Being “The Gypsy King” is all about reaching out to the people in your home. You can only imagine the feeling of getting out of that tunnel.
Can Fury defeat Anthony Joshua?
I’m ‘Team Tyson Fury’ to the end. Knowing it on a personal level makes me more passionate.
I’m pretty sidelined, all the way to Tyson Fury.
Through the playoffs?
I wouldn’t question it. Look what he did to Wilder. I don’t think anyone expected him to persecute the bully and he did what he said he would do.
Yes, I take it with the Fury knockout.