Sonny Conto’s image is larger than life on the casino’s gigantic LED promotional board, towering over traffic on a busy stretch of Packer Avenue. His feet are fast. His punches are powerful, but the South Philly heavyweight boxer’s personality could light up that board on its own during a power outage. Conto is undefeated as a professional boxer (7-0, six knockouts) and he’s due to headline a night of fighting on Nov. 18 at the newly built Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia, just a short jog from where he grew up in South Philadelphia. He’s looking forward to pounding his opponent, but mostly enjoys being a mentor to neighborhood kids. Known as “Sonny the Bronco Conto” because his punches are said to resemble a horse’s kick, the 25-year-old has even bigger motivation than scoring another early knockout. “Just me being able to inspire people is great,” Conto said from his mother’s house on S. 9th Street last week.
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