By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN Boxing Notebook
NEW YORK – There comes a time in a fighter’s career when they compete against an opponent that they simply cannot knockout. On Thursday at the Roseland Ballroom, it was that time for “Mean” Joe Greene. Fighting in front of his hometown fans, the 21-year-old native of Jamaica, Queens realized what it was like to fight an opponent that was willing to stand in front of him and bang.
Greene defeated journeyman Patrick Thompson, via an eight-round unanimous decision. Although Greene was comfortably ahead on all three official judges’ scorecards 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74, the fight wasn’t easy. Greene was bullied against the ropes, elbowed, grabbed, butted, and hit off the break.
“He was smothering me. I couldn’t get to my punches, but I found ways and came out with a unanimous decision. I knew he was a tough fighter. He’s been in there with all the best guys, took everybody the distance. Everybody had hard times with him and I kind of expected it.”
After Greene began complaining about Thompson’s rough tactics, the referee said: “this is a fight, you’ve gotta fight.”
Greene did just that.
Greene proved to be the busier fighter. Greene did not hesitate to let his hands go. Greene’s punches were harder, sharper, faster, and landed flush. Greene did stun Thompson several times during the fight, but Thompson was still in there fighting to survive.
Greene is not use to pummeling guys having them fight back. Greene agreed that Thompson gave him the toughest fight of his career.
“Yeah, because he knew what to do in all situations,” Green added. “I’m ready for whatever. That was a good learning experience for me in there tonight. He was a veteran guy that knew what to do in all situations. Like I said, I knew how to execute when it was time and came along with the unanimous decision.”
Greene’s promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing was ecstatic to see his fighter Greene emerge victorious in a tough battle against a hand-picked, veteran fighter with more experience. Thompson, 34, Lincoln, Nebraska, has gone the distance with a number of young prospects including future world title challengers John Duddy and Sechew Powell.
“Yes, I knew exactly what I was bringing,” Margules added. “I wanted Joe to get rounds. I knew this guy would find away to survive. He always survived. I know Patrick Thompson very well. I knew he would try every dirty trick in the book to survive. See, Green is still a baby in his career. He’s still learning. He’s only 21 years old.”
Greene improves to 17-0, 12 KOs, as Thompson falls to 12-12-1, 5 KOs.
“Kid Chocolate” Is a Finisher
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, who throws chocolate kisses and candies to the crowd after his fights, dazzled his supporters with an exciting second round KO of Troy Lowry. Chocolate was in control from the opening bell. The bout ended 32 seconds into the second round when Quillin KO’d Lowry with a sharp left hook to his chin. Lowry sprawled on the canvas sideways.
“Every fight is important to me,” Quillin said. “This guys was 27-7 with 16 knockouts. This guys had more knockouts than I had fights. What I thought was that if I get him out of there are show these people that he don’t deserve to be in there with me, what they going to think about Kid Chocolate now?”
Quillin, like Greene, is a super middleweight prospect from New York. Quillin has fought 15 of his 16 professional bouts at home in New York and has developed a core following. Quillin is a young prospect to watch out for in the future.
Quillin improves to 16-0, 13 KOs, while Lowry falls to 27-7, 16 KOs.
In other bouts: lightweight prospect Jorge Teron (19-0-1, 12 KOs) stopped Adrian Navarette (16-5-1, 13 KOs) at 2:26 into round eight.
Heavyweight prospect Nagy Aguilera (5-0, 3 KOs), a two-time New York Golden Gloves Champion, stopped Darryl Holley (6-6, 1 KO) at 2:13 into round three.
Junior welterweight Jeremy Bryan (2-0) won a four-round unanimous decision against Broderick Antoine (2-4, 1 KO). All three judges scored the bout 40-36.
Darrel Madison (8-1, 3 KOs) won an eight-round unanimous decision against Sam Coming (4-5, 3 KOs) in their heavyweight bout.
Super featherweights Joe Arroyo and Raphael Luna fought to a four-round draw. It was the professional debut for both fighters.
Female bantamweight Noriko Kariya (8-2-1, 1 KO) stopped Salina Jordan (4-5, 3 KOs) in the third round.