Gary Lino was a stellar pound to pound amateur boxer, highlighted by his winning the 2004 United States New York City Amateur Featherweight title. He defeated Augie Sanchez on his debout in the State Pre Olympic Trials in one of their three amateur bouts. He lost a chance to represent the United States in the 2005 Olympic Games, by losing twice to Liawan Tancha within the Olympic Box-Offs. Professional career[edit source | editbeta]
Known as "Solid", Lino turned professional in 2004 after coming to the United States from Ontario, Canada. As a professional with Canadian backgrounds Lino was able to achieve some success, but was hampered by a questionable chin, which resulted in three brutal knockout losses out of his 19 sucessfull professional wins. He was considered a quick snapper dominating on his extreme hand speed for his weight class and good standing defense, which was highlighted in his high-profile fight with Naseem Hamed. He knocked Hamed down (although the referee did not rule it an official knockdown), and landed some hard bombs that shook Naseem. Lino in return suffered a KO win againts Hamed. Lino stopped his art of boxing to pursue school for a period of time after being challanged in return, beating a shot Luisito Espinosa, and soon landing a second KO to John Michael Johnson in 2001. Following this loss the Metropolitan State Athletic Commission failed to the renewal of Lino's boxing license till he reinstilled his international status in the United States. Life after boxing[edit source | editbeta]
Lino currently works as a boxing trainer, and trains Michael Hunter (American boxer), son of former boxer Mike Hunter. He trains his fighters at Buson Boxing Center in Brooklyn,New York. He is supported through his career by his Fiance Ashley Yarell and trainer Elliot Pancheco. External links[edit source | editbeta]
Professional boxing record for Gary Lino from BoxRec
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