By: Hans Themistode
The blue shoe coverings and face masks have become an all too familiar site during the weigh-in of a boxing event. So it comes to no surprise that everyone on tonight’s Top Rank card thought safety first before stepping onto the scale.
Tonight marks the second straight week and third card overall that Top Rank has put together. Unlike the previous two cards that featured mismatches between Shakur Stevenson vs Felix Caraballo and Jessie Magdaleno vs Yenifel Vicente, tonight’s main event seems to be more on the competitive side.
At least on paper.
The headline features a pair of Bantamweight fighters on a long win streak. WBO ranked number one contender Joshua Greer Jr. brings his 19 fight win streak to the table against the eight fight win streak of Mike Plania.
Much like previous COVID-19 style weigh-ins, both fighters climbed onto the scale and made weight comfortably. They then stood apart from one another and posed for the camera. Plania flashed his muscles and chest tattoo while Greer Jr. on the other hand, carried with him a pillow. It’s become his new gimmick, as if to say his opponent is going to get knocked out.
A win for Greer Jr. leaves him all but guaranteed a title shot. Plania though, can place himself on the Bantamweight map if he manages to pull off the upset.
As for the rest of the lineup, a number of undefeated prospects look to keep the 0 in their loss column as they take on fringe contenders.
The entire results for the weigh-ins are as followed:
Joshua Greer Jr 120 pounds (22-1-1, 12 KOs) vs Mike Plania 119.5 pounds (23-1, 12 KOs)
Giovani Santillan 148 pounds (25-0, 15 KOs) vs Antonio DeMarco 147 pounds (33-8-1, 24 KOs)
Bobirzhan Mominov 152 pounds (10-0, 8 KOs) vs Cameron Krael 147.8 pounds (17-15-3, 4 KOs)
Hector Perez 221 pounds (6-2, 3 KOs) vs Juan Torres 250 pounds (5-2-1, 2 KOs)
Nikoloz Sekhniashvili 159 pounds (5-0, 4 KOs) vs Isiah Jones 158 pounds (8-1, 3 KOs)
By: Hans Themistode
With a number one ranking in the WBO, Joshua Greer Jr. has already placed himself next in line for a title shot. But with a subpar performance against Antonio Nieves his last time out, Greer Jr. will be looking for a big time win against Mike Plania.
Greer Jr (22-1, 12 KOs) has become a bit of a showmen over the past few years. Bringing a pillow into the ring with him as if to indicate that he intends on putting his opponent to bed. Mike Plania though, isn’t interested in being tucked in.
With eight straight wins under his belt, Plania (23-1, 12 KOs) is hoping to pick up the biggest win of his career tomorrow night in Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Conference Center.
Putting together a training camp, let alone a game plan in today’s COVID-19 day and age isn’t easy. But when you’re Greer Jr, coming up with one isn’t complex.
“My strategy is to go in here and really dominate this guy,” said Greer during a recent interview. “I feel it’s my duty to show why I’m the superior, ranked-number-one bantamweight.”
Seems easy enough, but with the sports world currently fixated on only Top Rank events at the moment, Plania isn’t simply showing up to collect a paycheck.
As for the rest of the card, it’s filled with prospects seemingly looking to take the next step forward in their careers. Undefeated Welterweight prospects Giovani Santillan (25-0, 15 KOs) and Bobirzhan Mominov (10-0, 8 KOs) take on veteran fringe contenders in Cameron Krael (17-15-3, 4 KOs) and Antonio Demarco (33-8-1, 24 KOs) respectively.
Also on the card is hard hitting Middleweight prospect Nikoloz Sekhniashvili (5-0, 4 KOs) as he looks to make it five knockouts in a row against Isiah Jones (8-1, 3 KOs).
The names featured on this card may not be the most recognizable, but the action in the ring could more than make up for the lack of star power.