Bantamweight Mike Plania scored an impressive ten round majority decision over WBO number one Bantamweight contender Joshua Greer on Tuesday night at the MGM Grand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. A bout where Greer was favored was drastically changed in the first round when Plania dropped Greer with a flush counter left hook to the jaw. From this point in the fight, Plania used his range and elusiveness to dictate the combat. In round six, Plania scored a second knockdown of Greer with a short left hook to the head. From rounds eight through ten, Greer sensing that he was behind on the scorecards began to step up his aggression and appeared to outwork Plania down the stretch. This momentum shift was apparently enough to convince one official judge that the fight was a draw at the end of the ten round fight scoring the bout 95-95. This was overruled by the two remaining judges who turned in scores of 96-92 and 97-91 giving Mike Plania a convincing victory that should be viewed as an upset. Mike Plania advances to 24-1, with 12 Knockouts. Joshua Greer falls to 22-2-1, with 12 Knockouts.
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Unbeaten Welterweight prospect Bobirzhan Mominov scored a six round unanimous decision over Cameron Krael to remain undefeated. Mominov consistently forced the action and backed Krael up with several right hands throughout the fight. Krael had his best moments in the last two rounds of the bout using lateral movement and combination punching to get the better of the action. The late rally as well as a point deduction against Mominov in the sixth and final round for rabbit punching, was not enough for Krael to pull the fight out on the scorecards as all three judges scored the fight in favor of Mominov. Official scores were 58-55 (On two scorecards), and 57-56. Bobirzhan Mominov advances to 11-0, with 8 Knockouts. Cameron Krael falls to 17-16-3, with 4 Knockouts.
Undefeated Middleweight prospect Nikoloz Sekhniashvili scored a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over Isiah Jones. Sekhniashvili simply pressed the action over the course of the fight and outworked Jones, who could not get into a consistent rhythm. Official scores were 60-54, and 59-55 (On two scorecards) in favor of Sekhniashvili. Nikoloz Sekhniashvili advances to 6-0, with 4 Knockouts. Isiah Jones falls to 8-2, with 3 Knockouts.
Heavyweight Hector Perez outworked Juan Torres over six relatively uneventful rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory. Hector Perez advances to 7-2, with 3 Knockouts. Juan Torres falls to 5-3-1, with 2 Knockouts.
In the opening bout of the evening in the Welterweight division, undefeated prospect Giovani Santillan scored a hard fought ten round majority decision over former WBC Lightweight world champion Antonio DeMarco. A competitive fight from the outset, the two fighters spent the majority of the early rounds fighting in case and neither fighter was able to clearly stand out from the other. As the fight progressed however, it appeared DeMarco was able to edge ahead by applying gradual pressure and landing offense to the body and head of Santillan. At the conclusion of ten rounds two of three official judges felt that Santillan had done enough to win the fight in turning in identical scores of 96-94 giving him the majority decision victory, while the third judge scored the fight 95-95 even. Giovani Santillan advances to 26-0, with 15 Knockouts. Antonio DeMarco falls to 33-9-1, with 24 Knockouts.
Although some portions of this card were formulaic and did not offer much in the way of analysis, two bouts that were featured, the Bantamweight bout between Mike Plania and Joshua Greer as well as the Welterweight bout between Giovani Santillan and Antonio DeMarco could well see rematches at some point. Even in unprecedented circumstances and times of much concern for the world, Boxing shows us once again that it is truly the theater of the unexpected.
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