By Lito delos Reyes
DAVAO CITY — “Magic” Mike Plania of Gen. Santos City pulled off the upset via two huge knockdowns to beat American Joshua Greer Jr. by a majority decision at The Bubble, MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 23-year old Plania first knockdown Greer in the first round. Plania, who used his vicious lead left hand down again Greer in the 6th round.
Judges Tim Cheatham (96-92) and Patricia Morse Jarman (97-91) scored in favor of Plania while Judge Dave Moretti found it a tie 94-all.
Plania improved his record to 24 wins 12 knockouts against one loss while Greer, WBO world no. 1 contender, suffered his second loss against 22 wins and one draw.
Plania was the first Filipino who had participated in a sporting event since the lockdown because of the Covid-19.
“I told you so! 16-1 underdog! My boy, I’m proud of you! God is Great,” said Plania’s manager JC Manangquil, president of Sanman Boxing Promotion.
Manangquil, however, was not surprised on the other score.
“Thats a lopsided fight but it is what it is,” said Manangquil.