MIKE Plania did shock the world after scoring a majority decision win over top bantamweight prospect Joshua Greer inside ‘The Bubble’ at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).
‘Magic Mike’ had his punching power in full display for the 10-round bout televised over ESPN, scoring two knockdowns against the no. 1 World Boxing Organization (WBO) contender to hack out the biggest win of his pro career.
The General Santos City native, fighting out of SanMan Promotions, won on the scorecards of judges Patricia Morse-Jarman (97-91) and Tim Cheatham (96-92), but was an even 94-94 on Dave Moretti.
It was a huge win for the first Filipino to fight since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, having been installed as a 3-1 underdog against his fancied American opponent.
But Plania set the tone for the bout by connecting a left hook against Greer that put him down for the first time just a minute into the opening round.
The 26-year-old American then found himself knocked down again in the canvas in the sixth round with yet another Plania left hook.
Sensing the fight was fast slipping out of his hands, Greer, who was hoping to set-up a title match against Filipino WBO bantamweight title holder Johnriel Casimero, stepped on the gas pedal in the remaining rounds by putting the pressure against Plania.
But the 23-year-old Filipino, now with a 24-1 record with 12 KOs, had built enough cushion to be denied of the victory.
Greer saw his 19-fight winning streak come to an end, having not lost a bout since December 2015 following a four-round majority decision against Stephen Fulton. His record now stands at 22-2-1, including 12 KOs).