Mike Plania Drops Joshua Greer Jr. Twice For The Upset Win

Throughout fight week, Joshua Greer Jr. carried around a pillow that said “night night”, signifying that he would put his opponent to sleep. It would end up being his offense that was unresponsive, as Mike Plania came into the MGM Grand Conference Center and took control against one of the top-ranked bantamweights in the world.

Plania (24-1) would outstrike the slow Greer and would end up winning the bout on ESPN via majority decision, 94-94, 96-92, 97-91. Dave Moretti would be the one judge who scored it a draw.

“This win is going to change my life,” Plania said. “I thought I could 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.”

Greer (22-2-2) started off well with jabs. Plania, however, would try controlling the pace with a few overhands. He then hit a left hook that quickly put Greer down. Surprisingly, Greer had his hands by his side and wasn’t landing his shots. Plania, however, would hit an overhand right to end the round.

Throughout the bout, Plania would utilize his jabs to distract Greer. He then landed combination shots, including an overhand hook. It was through the next few rounds that Greer would be chased by Plania, almost like Tyson Fury did in the rematch against Deontay Wilder. Plania would hit a leading left hook that pushed Greer back. He would continue to land one-two combination shots as well as overhand throws.

There ended up being some break in the action, as Greer was hit below the belt in round five. As Greer went for a body shot, however, Plania responded with a head shot. Another pair of combinations were being thrown by Plania and would continue into round six. Plania actually encouraged Greer to come forward, which would be Greer’s downfall as Plania put him down again.

Towards the later rounds, Plania looked tired as Greer was able to find his mojo. He hit uppercut shots to the body, and Greer ended up having his best round in the eighth. He went inside instead of moving away, landing combination shots. Greer would then hit a right uppercut and a body shot. Plania, however, would find some of his old momentum from the first few rounds and land a body shot of his own.

Greer would use the last of his energy to land a head and underhook body shot. It was a much more aggressive style than throughout the bout, but it ended up being too late.

CompuBox had Plania landing 119 shots out of 451, compared to Greer’s 96 out of 426. Through eight, Plania was leading the way with 72 landed shots out of 203.

Greer would end up losing his first fight since 2015, ending a streak of 19 wins in a row. Plania won his ninth fight in a row and took out one of the top bantamweights in the process. Ranked number one by the WBO and number two by the IBF, Greer ended up suffering from the fight.

As far as Plania is concerned, he is ready for a title opportunity. With Top Rank kicking it into high gear the next few months, he may end up getting his wish.

Main Card (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET)

Mike Plania def. Joshua Greer Jr. via majority decision (94-94, 96-92, 97-91)

Bobirzhan Mominov def. Cameron Krael via unanimous decision (57-56, 58-55, 58-55)

Hector Perez def. Juan Torres via unanimous decision (60-54, 59-55, 59-55)

Nikoloz Sekhniashvili def. Isiah Jones via unanimous decision (59-55, 60-54, 60-54)

Giovani Santillan def. Antonio DeMarco via majority decision (95-95, 96-94, 96-94)

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