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2020-06-17
Plania Upsets Greer; Santillan Wins Controversial Decision
Pictured: Mike Plania


Last night, for the third time in the last eight days, Top Rank presented a live show at The Bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In the main event, Mike Plania of The Philippines upset Chicago's Joshua Greer, Jr., scoring two knockdowns on the way to a well-earned majority decision. In the card's opener, former WBC World lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco appeared to have done more than enough to secure a verdict over welterweight Giovanni Santillan. The judges didn't see it that way and awarded Santillan a controversial majority decision victory.

In the card's other bouts, highly regarded super welterweight prospect Bobirzhan Mominov outpointed tough journeyman Cameron Krael, heavyweight Hector Perez outscored Juan Torres, and middleweight Nikoloz Sekhniashvili had to settle for a decision over iron-chinned Isiah Jones.


Non-title Super Bantamweight Bout-
IBF North American junior featherweight champion Mike Plania (WBA #10, IBF #12- both at 122; 24-1, 12 KOs)
Maj. Dec. 10
WBC Continental Americas and WBO NABO bantamweight champion Joshua Greer, Jr. (WBO #1, IBF #2, The Ring #7, WBC #7- all at 118; 22-2-1, 12 KOs)
- The bout was fought with a catchweight of 120 pounds in effect. Plania weighed in at 119 1/2; Greer at 120.
- Plania decked Greer in round one and in round six.
- The scores were 96-92, 97-91, and 94-94.
- I scored the bout for TTR's Main Page and also had Plania winning, 97-91.

Welterweight Bout-
Giovanni Santillan (26-0, 15 KOs)
Maj. Dec. 10
Antonio DeMarco (33-9-1, 24 KOs)
- The scores were 96-94, 95-95, and 96-94.
- The decision was controversial. Scoring the bout for TTR, I had DeMarco winning by a 97-93 score. BoxingScene also had DeMarco winning, 97-93, and Andre Ward, scoring the bout for ESPN, had DeMarco the winner, 96-94.

Super Welterweight Bout-
Bobirzhan Mominov (11-0, 8 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 6
Cameron Krael (17-16-3, 4 KOs)
- The scores were 57-56, 58-55, and 58-55.

Heavyweight Bout-
Hector Perez (7-2, 3 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 6
Juan Torres (5-3-1, 2 KOs)
- The scores were 60-54, 59-55, and 59-55.

Middleweight Bout-
Nikoloz Sekhniashvili (6-0, 4 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 6
Isiah Jones (8-2, 3 KOs)
- The scores were 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.
 
Article By: Ken Pollitt