LEARNING FROM THE PROS
Lou Savarese, HEAD TRAINER
Former heavyweight champion of the world, Lou Savarese competed against five world champions during his impressive boxing career, including Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield and the upsetting knockout of Buster Douglas in 1999 to retain the IBA Championship.
As an amateur boxer, Savarese won the New York Golden Gloves Championship in 1985 and 1986 along with two national titles. It wasn’t until he lost in the quarter finals of the 1988 Summer Olympics to Riddick Bowe, who went on to represent Team USA, that his professional career would begin. With a professional record of 46 wins, with 38 of those being knockout wins, and 7 losses, Savarese attracted a wide-spread following of boxing enthusiasts due to his talent and charisma. It was once said during a fight in Madison Square Garden that there was not one wise guy left in New York because they were all watching him fight.
Savarese did not limit himself to a career inside the ring. He parleyed his boxing fame into a stint in a Hollywood career. With roles on television shows such as The Sopranos and Law & Order, Savarese also played the role of a killer on the big screen in the horror movie Knock Knock. Aside from his acting career, Savarese was unlike most of his peers due to his involvement in the business side of boxing as a successful promoter. He is a versatile man that can talk about his trials and tribulations with the likes of Don King, Bob Arum and HBO executives.
Promoting over 300 professional fights in Houston, Savarese’s passion for boxing is what keeps him in the game. Growing up in a predominately Italian family in New York, Savarese continues to live by his mother Carol’s example of putting family first and always enjoying a big Italian meal with your loved ones.