PLANIA FACES WBO #1 GREER IN CLOSED DOOR LAS VEGAS SHOWDOWN
By: Sanman Boxing
Filipino world ranked bantamweight prospect “Magic” Mike Plania (W23 KO12 L1) will clash with WBO number 1 ranked bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. W22 KO12 L1 D1) in Top Rank’s closed door event. The fight will be held on June 16 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. A catch-weight of 120 pounds have been agreed.
Plania will be the first Filipino to fight since the COVID19 lockdown. The fighter cannot contain his excitement in finally coming out and fight after months of hiatus due to the worldwide pandemic. “I am so lucky to be the first fighter from the Philippiens to be called to duty. As a warrior it is my pleasure to come out and see action especially with an elite fighter like Joshua Greer. I am aware of my underdog status in this fight but it will serve as my inspiration to come out and win this big. Thanks to God, Sanman promotions, MR Promotions, Knucklehead and Top Rank for this chance”, Plania stated.
Earlier today it was reported that 23 year old Filipino Mike Plania (23-1, 12) would be back in the ring on June 16th when he will take on WBO #1 ranked Bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr (21-1-1, 12) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The bout will be held behind closed doors and will be fought at 120lbs, rather than Greer's more established 118lbs or Plania's typical 122lbs.
The bout has managed to fall into place as Plania is currently in the US, located in Miami, and won't need to fly Stateside specifically for the contest. In fact he was pencilled in for a bout in Miami in July. This will be his 4th straight bout in US and his 6th in total in the country. Although not well known he is regarded as a very promising young Filipino and actually dropped Juan Carlos Payano in his US debut back in 2018.
As for Greer Jr the once beaten American is regarded as a big hopeful, and will turn 26 just days before the fight. He's best known for his gimmick, of bringing a pillow to the ring, but has been rather fortunate in recent bouts with razor thin decisions against former Naoya Inoue opponent Antonio Nieves and Nikolai Potapov, with some questioning whether he is as good as he thinks he is.
Interestingly this bout is now expected to be the first bout featuring a Filipino since the sport was pretty much put on hold a few months ago.
This past week the KBF announced their first show since the ongoing global issue began, announcing that the show would be shown on Youtube, and that it would be featuring a KBF title match. The event will also be a non-spectator event, with only up to 3 people working the corner of a fighter, all of which will need to be KBF license holders.
The event will be taking place on July 11th in Seoul at the SM Boxing Gym and will be promoted by the Won Promotion.
The full card hasn't yet been announced but the main event of the show will see Dong Ho Geum (4-3-2, 2) and Kim Joo Hyun (4-3-2, 1) battle for the KBF Super Bantamweight title in a 10 round contest. The rest of the show is expected to be 4 round bouts.
According to the KBF website the event will be streamed live on to Wochichi & Children youtube channel and will begin at 1PM local time.
Yesterday we reported that boxing was planned to return to Japan on July 12th with a Rookie of the Year card. It now appears, just a day later, that those plans have been scrapped, due to financial issues.
Today Nikkan sports have reported that the show, which was supposed to be promoted by former WBC Bantamweight champion Yasuei Yakushiji, has been cancelled due to the inability for the show to have fans or a TV crew.
Whilst the bulk of the show was supposed to be a Rookie of the Year card it is worth noting that the show was also supposed to feature current WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵], in a non-title bout. The hope was for fans to be in attendance and that the main event would get TV coverage, and, as a result, for the show to be financially viable. With no fans those plans have fallen apart.
In quotes given by Yakushiji to Nikkan sports, the former fighter turned promoter has revealed that "There is no TV relay, it will come out without admission income. I can not pay fight money either". Essentially ending the show all together. He is quotes as saying that plans revolving him and his fighters are "totally blank paper", scrapping previously planned ideas for Mori to fight twice this year before a world title fight in 2021.
It's unclear no what will happen to the Rookie of the Year match ups expected to be on the show, though it's a real shame to see things not looking as sorted as we all assumed after yesterday's meeting betwene the JBC and JPBA.
VIETNAM BOXING LIVE STREAMING ON JUNE 13
HCMC Vietnam May 28, 2020
VSP Boxing gym will be conducting a public workout for many of the Victory 8 fighters and also local talents in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday June 13. The event will be a great opportunity to see top level sparring from boxers who are currently restricted from International travel and need an opportunity for higher echelon ring time.
Vietnam has many professional and amateur stars taking part, foremost being their first Olympian since 1988 - Nguyen Van Duong. WBC Australasia title aspirant Nguyen Van Hai will do 6 rounds, and interestingly, SEA Games silver medallist Nguyen Manh Cuong will also be on display. Cuong placed second at the SEA tournament behind top Philippines prospect Eumer Felix Marcial, a man who has been the subject of big offers to turn professional.
The VSP Boxing gym event will unveil some very promising young HCMC fighters, and will also have the participation of top international boxers from UK, Sweden, Philippines, and Uzbekistan to ensure a very high standard. Olimjon Nazarov (20 wins) and Abdurasul Ismoilov (8 wins) were outstanding at the most recent VSP sparring day, and will compete again with another Uzbek countryman in Ravshanbek Shermatov (5 wins) One really intriguing fighter to watch will be Philippines hard man Adones Cabalquinto, a powerful southpaw who has won 25 of his 28 pro fights. Clever and with heavy hands, he has dispatched 18 of his victims to the canvas in resounding KO victories.
The VSP Boxing "Spar Wars" will start around 2pm Saturday, and can be viewed on YouTube and Facebook.
VSP Boxing Gym: https://www.facebook.com/VSPBoxing/
Victory 8 Boxing: https://www.facebook.com/victory8boxing/
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