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  The Bubble Bursts In Las Vegas
Plania Upsets Greer;
DeMarco Schools Santillan, But Suffers Loss

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


Earlier in the day at the Las Vegas Sports Books the money started coming in heavy on the underdog. It wouldn’t be long before the favorite Super bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr (22-2 -1, 12 KO’s) would find out why.

In the first round Mike Plania (24-1, 12 KO’s) launched a left hook that set Greer down before he knew what hit him. Greer got back up but be certain the bookies had concerns. Plania remained in control over the next few rounds as Greer had no answer for the unheralded challenger.

Round six was a replay of the first round as another looping left hook sent Greer down with a boom. Plania was brimming with confidence. He basically owned the first six rounds of action. Team Greer had reasons for concern. Maybe it was him who was going to need that “Night Night” pillow.

Looking for an answer to the puzzle Greer went to Plan B. Lo and behold it worked. Smothering Plania and not allowing him to wing those long punches Greer became remarkably effective with an inside game. In rounds seven through ten Greer seemed to take control both physically and mentally. Suddenly the bout was nip and tuck.

With the bout going the distance it was the judges who were going to decide the outcome. Having gone down twice Greer had a huge margin to overcome. The final tallies read 95-95 even but the two other cards read 96-92 and 97-91 giving Plania the upset victory. And now we know why late money was coming in on Plania.

“I think Greer underestimated me. He kept saying ‘Night Night, but tonight, it was magic time. I thought I could not knock him out after the knockdown in the first round, but he was tough and adjusted his strategy. I took this fight on only three weeks’ notice, but I had faith in God that I could win. I wasn’t too tired in the end, but he made adjustments and I made mine.”

Welterweight Giovani Santillan (26-0, 15 KO’s) was extremely fortunate to come out with the victory over Antonio DeMarco (33-9-1, 24 KO’s). Victory or not Santillan was taken to school by the veteran DeMarco who out-threw and out-landed Santillan over the course of the ten round bout. Granted, it’s a notch on the belt for Santillan but if he doesn’t learn from this fight it’s going to be a long hard road as he looks to get to the championship level. Hats off to the crafty veteran DeMarco who took on the young undefeated prospect and performed very well.

On the razor thin decision Santillan stated, “I knew it was a close fight, but I felt like I did enough solid work in there to pull out the win. He never hurt me at any point in the fight, but he used his experience in there. He’s a former world champion who has been in there with the best of the best. I want to get back in the ring as soon as possible and use this experience to my advantage.”

Welterweight Cameron Krael (17-16-3, 4 KO’s) gave Bobirzhan Mominov (11-0, 8 KO’s) six rounds of work in this pre-main event bout. Krael who came in with some 36 professional fights showed his experience by giving the undefeated punching machine Mominov more than a few problems. Mominov was in control of the fight but was far from the touted talent that broadcasters wanted us to believe. The fight that went to the judges’ scorecards read 57-56 and 58-55 twice.

Middleweight Nikoloz Sekhniashvili (6-0, 4 KO’s) took a somewhat dull unanimous decision over Isiah Jones (8-2, 3 KO’s) in this six round snoozer. Sekhniashvili came in as the ballyhooed punching machine but Jones took everything thrown in his direction and never came close to going down. In the end Sekhniashvili was given the unanimous decision victory 59-55 and 60-54 twice.

Heavyweights Hector Perez (7-2, 3 KO’s) and Juan Torres (5-3-1, 2 KO’s) plodded along in this methodical six round fill-in bout. The fight that was low on highlights went to the judges scorecards that saw Perez earn the victory 60-54 & 59-55 twice.


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