We have a true passion for boxing.
Our team has trained in the boxing world for generations. Read about our background and experience below, or come in to the gym and meet the whole team!
Remo DiCarlo a lifelong resident of Etobicoke was Canada’s Lightweight Boxing Champion from 1983-1986.
Remo’s amateur boxing years started at age 13 and encompassed 55 contests with only 6 losses. He won the Ontario title at age 15 and held onto it for two years, along with being the bronze medalist in the Canadian championships. Remo turned professional at the age of 17. He won the Canadian Lightweight title from Johnny Summerhays at the age of 19 and held on to the title for 4 years. Some of his most memorable opponents were Louis Loy and Kenny “Bang-Bang” Bognar (former world ranked top ten contenders), Gaetan Hart (former Canadian Lightweight Champion), and Mario Cusson (former Canadian Welterweight Champion). Remo culminated a six-year professional career with 23 wins and only 2 defeats.
In 1984-1985, Remo was awarded Canadian Professional Fighter of the Year by the Canadian Boxing Federation for defending his Canadian Title four times in one year. In 1985, Remo was awarded the honour of being Faustina’s Etobicoke Sportsman of the Year and in 1997, Remo was inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame.
Remo continues to be an active participant in the boxing community by supporting local boxers, training young boxers and by continuing his own training.
Robbie Roe possessed everything a great fighter should have in his arsenal of fistic secrets … speed, power, grit, courage, poise and very efficient with his movements, all the makings of a great champion.
Roe was once internationally known as “the Fastest Hands in Canada” – this label was coined by the great Tony Unitas (renowned promoter and owner of the Toronto Newsboys Athletic Club that produced some of the greatest fighters that came out of Toronto). Roe had proven why he earned that moniker, on many occasions. Joe Lyle and Calvin Porter were just two of the opponents that Roe dominated over.
Possessing an impressive amateur record of 40-4, using his extremely hard hitting yet very elusive style, Robbie was the runner-up for the AAU Golden Globes in Syracus, N.Y. and he earned the Canadian Golden Gloves title, two-time Ontario Championship title as well as becoming a two-time silver medalist at the Canadian Championships, one of which these contests was evenly matched against Ricky Anderson of Nova Scotia.
After retiring from boxing and starting a family, Robbie continues to help train boxers and athletes, as well as participate in many boxing events around Ontario.
Vinny was born into a fighting family… essentially learning how to box as soon as he was able to walk. Boxing was a passion of his father, a nationally ranked amateur, winning the Ontario Golden Gloves championship and a silver medalist at the Canadian Nationals. The love of boxing was passed down to Vinny and his 3 siblings.
Vinny began to seriously train as a means of self defence, but it grew into a greater, lifelong passion. He eventually got the competition bug and competed at the amateur level.
Vinny now stays active in the boxing community through a strong rapport with notable boxers and trainers he met along the way. He's involved with his own training, plus the training of other boxers and people just wanting to keep active and get fit.
Rico Tatangelo started his love for the contact sports at the age of 13 when he started attending at the famous Toronto Newsboys boxing gym on weekends with his friends. His love for the contact sports lead his transition into the martial arts and he began training in disciplines such as Judo and Tae Kwan Doe. At the age of 16 he joined the Twin Dragon Kung Fu and kickboxing Club and never looked back.
In 1994 Rico won the coveted New York State PKC amateur title, with only 11 amateur fights under his belt. After turning professional his debut was at Lamport Stadium in Toronto where he won his first professional bout against Jim "Thunder Foot" Fritz. He quickly made his way through the ranks in the American Style kickboxing circuit which landed him a title shot in 1997 against the 10 year veteran Ernie Kitterman from Belleville Illinois. Tatangelo dominated his opponent so much that the fight was stopped in the seventh round and he became the FFKA World Super Middleweight Champion.
In 1997 Tatangelo picked up his second professional title. He fought and beat Marc Ourgeis from Winnipeg for the Canadian title. Tatangelo maintained both titles until he retired from professional kickboxing in 2002. In 2006 Rico started personal training both amateur and professional fighters, as well as those looking to get in shape and reach a higher level of fitness. Some of the fighters he worked with include the current Canadian Heavyweight Champion boxer Raymond Olubowale (nicknamed Mount Kilimanjaro) as well as UFC stars Sean Pierson and Claude Patrick.
Rico maintains his love for the sport by working part time with upcoming fighters and those that just want a little more out of their training sessions.
Michelle Caneo is currently a highly competitive boxer and aspiring World Champion. With over 10 years experience in boxing, Michelle is a Golden Gloves Champion and has been awarded “Fighter of the Year” by Sully’s Boxing Gym and “Athlete of the Week” by City TV. In addition to being a Certified Personal Trainer, she has earned a Canadian Red Cross CPR C and AE certification, which she keeps current. Michelle says that during her career she has had the good fortune of training with a variety excellent coaches and that boxing has given her the opportunity to learn many valuable life lessons. Michelle is passionate about teaching her students how to improve their fitness level, teach proper boxing technique and skills, transform their bodies and keep them fully engaged in a fun and motivating atmosphere.
STEPHANIE DI GRAZIA
Stephanie Di Grazia is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, public speaker, co-author and weight loss coach based in Toronto. Nicknamed “The Walking Google”, she is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable individuals at her craft. After graduating from York University with a degree in Psychology, her interest and experience with holistic health from a young age led her to attend the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Through her education Stephanie has developed an extensive understanding of how food, supplements, and lifestyle can help to manage illness and optimize health.
Through her nutritional consulting business, Stephanie has successfully been able to transform the lives of countless individuals and worked with a diverse clientele with expertise in working with a wide range of health conditions and health goals.
She has worked with athletes including OHL players, baseball players, boxers, bodybuilding and fitness competitors, to models, elderly, teachers, children, stay-at-home parents, and officer workers.
Stephanie has been featured on multiple television networks and presented at tradeshows and expos including:
ROGERS TV Guest Star on The DYNAMO Entrepreneur
TAG TV as a Holistic Expert
CanFit Pro World Fitness Expo
Whole Life Expo
Total Health Show
Contributing Author & Holistic Expert on SIXTYMAG wellness e-book and webinar series
Stephanie is also an avid social media figure known for her creative and delicious recipe makeovers. She strives to make a social impact to inspire, educate and motivate people worldwide in how to achieve better health and create healthy meals.
Stephanie also works with a physiotherapy clinic and provides nutritional consulting and product development for Toronto’s Leading Vegan Soft Serve Ice Cream bar Nanashake, and has recently launched her own line of vegan friendly, gluten free protein bites Sweet & Sensible by Stephanie.