Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: “Mean” Joe Greene 156, Queens, NY, 25-1, (16 KOs), has been inactive for a year but you wouldn’t know it as he kept up the pressure and punch output to catch up to the very slippery Calvin Odom, 154, Inglewood, CA, 15-13 (11 KOs), landing most of what he tossed at Odom.
The show was promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions at at the popular local venue in Queens, NY, The Cordon Bleu which attracted a loud, and very excited crowd.
The rangy Californian tried to work his jab but it didn’t have the desired effect on Greene that he hoped for. The New Yorker got low and came inside to hammer Odom and win the unanimous decision by scores of 79-73 twice and 77-75. Steve Willis refereed.
Antoine Douglas, 163, Alexandria, VA, 3-0 (3 KOs), is a fighter to watch. He’s a former National PAL and Junior Olympic champion as an amateur, and unbeaten as a pro. At the sound of the bell he charged out of his corner and never allowed opponent Stanley Harvey, 166, Norfork, VA, 1-3 (1 KO), to get started. He hammered him in one corner and when he escaped Douglas followed him to another.
Finally Douglas opened up with everything he had and dropped his foe in a neutral corner. Referee Gonzalez started to count but waved it off after looking at Harvey’s condition. Time of the stoppage 2:37 of the first frame.
Danny Gonzalez, 143 ½, Queens, NY, 1-0 (0 KOs), is built like a bull and made sure that opponent, Bernel Ayers, 143 ½, New York, NY, 0-3, felt his horns as he let his hands go for the full three minutes of each round. After a pressured attack in round one, Gonzalez got in his groove and finished the night the way he started it. The judges found a round to give Ayers, agreeing 39-37 for Gonzalez. Santiago refereed.
Glenford Nickey 131 ½, New York, NY, 1-0 (0 KOs), out fought Benjamin Burgos 131, Mt. Pocono, PA, 1-2 (0 KOs), to take a four round unanimous decision. After a fast opening round by Nickey, Burgos appeared to take the middle rounds landing a hard right followed by a left hook and another right all to the head of Nickey, but the judges all gave it to him by scores of 39-37 twice and 40-36. Gonzalez Refereed.
Nieves 141, New York, NY, 0-1, was dropped late in the opening frame against tough rival, Anthony Smith 145, Brooklyn, NY, 1-1 (0 KOs), in an otherwise close encounter. They traded shots for four rounds with Smith catching the eye of two of the judges, 38-37, while the other judge scored it even at 38-38. Pete Santiago refereed.