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Ian Green Impresses With KO Win! | Pugilists Paradise
In a fight taken on less than a weeks notice, “Young General” Ian Green weathered an early storm to score a second round KO on Friday night.
His opponent, Khiary Gray (13-1 10KO), found a lot of success in the opening round, landing powerful punches that seemed to stun Green. Green tried to establish his jab early in the fight, but Gray’s offense seemed to nullify it. Going into the second round, Green stayed true to his jab and boxing fundamentals as Gray continued to pour on pressure. Gray abandoned his defense in favor of pressing the action. This proved to be a mistake, as Green threw a sharp left hook prying open Gray’s remaining defense and followed with a crisp right hand straight to the chin, knocking down his opponent for the first time in his career. Gray made it back to his feet, but Green continued landing heavy shots forcing the referee to stop the bout.
With the win, Green moves to 10 wins, 1 loss with 8 knockouts. The Young General showed his willingness to fight through adversity and commitment to his craft by weighing in at a career low 157 pounds for the fight. Green is scheduled for another tough middleweight bout on August 23rd against Kyrone Davis (10-1).
Zesty SHOWTIME Boxing Card – The SHOWTIME series called “ShoBox: The New Generation” debuted in 2001. Over the years,
many promising boxers had their first TV exposure on “Shobox.” Some went on to win world titles. In other cases a seemingly
bright career was shipwrecked. Several promising prospects were knocked for a loop on Friday’s “Shobox” show at Foxwoods, the
15 anniversary edition of the long-running series. The July 22 card was replete with surprises, much to the credit of the
Adam Lopez was progressing toward a match with newly crowned IBF World 122-pound champion Jonathan Guzman, but that
match is unlikely to happen anytime soon after Lopez was held to a draw by Roman Reynoso in the featured bout. San Antonio’s
Lopez, 15-0 (7) going in, came up big in the 10 round, but it was too little, too late. Reynoso bought time when his mouthpiece
came out, dictating a break in the action, without which Lopez would have likely scored the knockdown that would translated into a
10-8 round, bringing him the victory. Each of the three judges scored the final stanza for him by 10-9. Reynoso, who hails from
Argentina but fights out of Montreal, is now 18-1-2.
Lopez protested the decision. The general sentiment was that he had done enough to win. However, Shobox analyst Steve Farhood
hit the nail on the head when he opined that neither he nor Reynoso looked ready for a man the caliber of Guzman who has won all
22 of his fights inside the distance.
Super middleweight Julius Jackson, who opened his career 19-0 (15), is now 19-2 after getting starched by late sub Jerry Odom.
The end came in the third stanza when Jackson, who was out-boxing Odom, was caught flush during an exchange of punches. The
son of two-time WBC World middleweight champion Julian Jackson, Jackson was a 9/5 favorite. Odom, from the Washington DC
area, was subbing for Ronald Ellis who was forced to withdraw with a hand injury. His record now stands at 14-2-1 (13).
A bigger upset occurred in the TV lid-lifter, an 8-round middleweight contest between Khiary Gray-Pitts and Ian Green. The highly
touted Gray-Pitts, from Worcester, Massachusetts, was seemingly in control when he ran into a big right cross in the second
round. He beat the count, but Green seized the moment, pummeling him on the ropes, forcing the referee to intervene.
Prior to the fight, Jimmy Burchfield Sr., Gray-Pitts’ promoter, said “We’re going to steal the show…my phone will be ringing off the
hook.” Instead it’s back to the drawing board for Gray-Pitts whose 13-0 ledger, prior to meeting his Waterloo, included a string of
six consecutive first round knockouts. Ian Green, who fights out of Paterson, New Jersey, advanced to 10-1 (8).
An 8-round lightweight contest between 12-1-1 Rolando Chinea and 10-1 O’Shaquie Foster completed the TV quadruple-header.
Chinea won a split decision.
Friday’s show was the second boxing show at Foxwoods in 48 hours. Tonight (Saturday, July 23) at the nearby Mohegan Sun Casino
in Uncasville, Connecticut, a five-bout card presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will feature veteran Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4)
against Iraq war veteran Shawn Cameron (10-1) in the main event. Boxing is alive and well in the Nutmeg State.
Boxing: Paterson fighter a Friday night smash – Boxing – NorthJersey.com
Ian Green introduced himself to the boxing world in fantastic fashion Friday night.
The middleweight from Paterson overcame trouble in each of the first two rounds of his television debut to score a stunning second-round technical knockout against previously unbeaten Khiary Gray-Pitts in Mashantucket, Conn.
Showtime televised their scheduled eight-rounder as the opener of a four-fight “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecast from Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Gray-Pitts (13-1, 10 KOs), of Worcester, Mass., wobbled Green several times in the first two rounds. The resilient Green (10-1, 8 KOs), an Eastside graduate, withstood the onslaught, though, and drilled Gray-Pitts with a picture-perfect right hand to the jaw that dropped him late in the second round.
Gray-Pitts barely beat referee Arthur Mercante Jr.’s count. Green, 22, swarmed Gray-Pitts, 23, once he reached his feet and dropped him for a second time with another right hand.
Mercante stopped the bout at 2:50 of the second round.
“I got him good and I got him out of there,” Green said. “He got me good one time [in the first round], but I kept my left hand up and hung in there. We’re going all the way up. This is just the start.”
Green was stunned several times in the first round and then he was hurt numerous times in the second. But then in the final minute of the second, Green landed a huge counter out of nowhere that send Gray crashing to the mat. He beat the count, but never regained his legs. He was battered against the rops until the referee jumped in.
Unbeaten middleweights Kendrick Ball Jr. and Divante Jones stole the show. The two unbeaten sluggers fought to a majority draw following four see-saw rounds in which they exchanged blows and unloaded haymakers without much defense or posturing with the jab.
Ball (2-0-1), who just fought last Friday and recorded his second knockout win, faced his toughest test to date in the slick southpaw Wilson (5-0-1), who came out firing from the opening bell and pressed the action from start to finish. An effective counterpuncher, Ball fought effectively with his back against the ropes, at times catching Wilson clean and momentarily stalling his momentum.
Ball appeared to land the cleaner blows early, but tired a bit in the middle rounds as Wilson – who hadn’t fought in more than a year before Friday – continued to come forward and press the action. John McKaie scored it 39-37 in favor of Wilson while Don Ackerman and Peter Hary scored it 38-38.
The televised main card began at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime, featuring unbeaten Worcester, Mass., junior middleweight Khiary Gray (13-0, 10 KOs) in the first of four bouts.
Unbeaten New Haven, Conn., welterweight Jimmy Williams (12-0-1) kept his perfect record intact on the preliminary card with a 58-56, 58-56, 60-54 win over 37-fight veteran Antonio Fernandes of Brockton, Mass.
The preliminary card also featured the New England debuts of two 2016 U.S. Olympic alternates. Lightweight Brent Venegas III (1-0, 1 KO) of Elk Grove, Calif., made his professional debut with a second-round knockout win over Alexandria, Va., native Christian Foster. Foster earned the stoppage at the 1:37 mark, but not before Foster sent him to the canvas in the opening round. Venegas returned the favor with a knockdown just seconds later and finished Foster for good midway through the second.
New Brunswick, N.J., super flyweight Leroy Davila (2-0, 1 KO) fought an entertaining, four-round war against Edgar Cortes (2-3) of Vineland, N.J., earning a 39-36, 39-36, 40-35 unanimous decision win. The two exchanged blows in the center of the ring for the majority of the fight, but Davila landed the cleaner, more effective blows. Bill Morande and Ackerman scored it 39-36 while McKaie scored it 40-35.
Worcester’s Khiary Gray, right, blasts Ian Green in the head during their super welterweight bout at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Friday. T&G Staff/Christine Hochkeppel
By Bill Doyle
Telegram & Gazette Staff
Posted Jul. 22, 2016 at 11:21 PM
Updated Jul 23, 2016 at 4:22 PM
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — The national television debut of Worcester’s Khiary Gray didn’t go as well as he hoped.
Gray lost a technical knockout to Ian Green at 2:50 of the second round in a junior middleweight bout to open a Showtime boxing show Friday night from the Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Gray came in 13-0 with 10 KOs and Green was 9-1 with 7 KOs. Gray had never been knocked down before.Both fighters made their national television debuts in the first of four fights on “ShoBox: The New Generation,” the developmental series that debuted 15 years ago Thursday.
Gray, 23, a 2011 Doherty High graduate, had hoped a victory on national television would skyrocket his career.
“It’s back to the gym and fix all the mistakes I’ve done,” Gray said, “and come back stronger.”
Gray entered the ring wearing a red mask as the crowd applauded. Gray staggered Green in the first round and all three judges gave him the round.
“I caught him with a left hook,” Gray said, “and a straight right. I had him a few times, but I didn’t capitalize.”
“I wouldn’t say it hurt,” Green said, “but it got my attention. It was just jitterbugs in the first round, that’s all. After that, the second round, I kept my composure and started boxing.”
Then Green knocked Gray down in the second.
“He just caught me,” Gray said. “I don’t know what punch it was. I didn’t really see it.”
“It was a counter right hand,” Green said. “It was just perfect timing.”
“It’s a feeling you don’t want to feel,” Gray said.
Gray got up, but Green landed several more punishing punches before referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stopped the fight.
“I was trying to hold on to waste time,” Gray said, “but I got caught again.”
“I’m a little shocked,” Gray’s trainer, Kendrick Ball Sr. said. “He (Gray) hurt him a couple of times and then he got overaggressive. He was looking to get him out of there instead of sticking to the game plan and picking our shots. He was a little too aggressive and little wild.”
Late last week, Green, 22, of Paterson, New Jersey, replaced Ismael Garcia (10-0, 4 KOs), who reportedly pulled out with a back injury.
“He’s pretty good,” Green said of Gray. “He has long arms. I think he’ll bounce back.”
Green took the fight on a week’s notice and agreed to move down in weight to the 155-pound limit, but he weighed in at 157 on Thursday. The lowest he had weighed for a previous fight was 160 pounds and he had weighed as much as 170.
Gray’s agent, Steve Tankanow, negotiated another $1,000 from the promoter for Gray and Green agreed to weigh in at 7 a.m. Friday at no more than 164 pounds. He ended up weighing in at 163.
Gray weighed in at 155 and was not concerned about fighting a heavier opponent.
He had sparred with Worcester light heavyweight Edwin Rodriguez.
Gray had the best record of any fighter than Green has faced and Green owned the best record for any Gray foe.
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Adam Lopez left the ring without a win for the first time as a pro tonight, and two big comeback knockouts highlighted tonight’s ShoBox.
This is the first blemish on the record of Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KO), and is certainly a somewhat debatable decision. Scores were 95-95, 96-94 Lopez, and 97-93 Reynoso, the latter I have trouble seeing. I had it 96-94 for Lopez, with him taking the final two rounds to break out of an even fight after eight.
That said, Lopez was definitely not at his best in this fight, and Reynoso (18-1-2, 7 KO) gave him far more trouble than I think most anticipated. Lopez was being talked about as a possible challenger for the IBF super bantamweight title if he won here — that belt recently taken by Jonathan Guzman in Japan — but that didn’t look like a great idea even if he had gotten by with the win tonight. He had too much trouble with a wild, 5’3″ opponent, whatever the reason.
But he did dig deep late, and he closed strong. I thought that was enough to get him the win, but it didn’t turn out that way. I don’t personally have a big issue with the result, but I do think 7-3 for Reynoso is reaching.
One of the two fighting sons of Julian Jackson, Julius was coming off of a TKO-2 loss to Jose Uzcategui last October on FS1. Here, Jackson (19-2, 15 KO) boxed pretty well for two rounds, but Odom (14-2-1, 13 KO) told his corner after the second round that he was trying to sucker Jackson into making a mistake and gain too much confidence.
That turned out to be an effective strategy, as Jackson dipped into a monster right hand about two minutes into the third round, and the fight was over there. Jackson has talent, but just does not have the chin. Odom can bang, and so can Uzcategui, but we’ve seen fighters go rounds with those guys, too.
Foster debuted on ShoBox last November with a loss. He returned in February with a win. And here, he was outworked by Chinea (13-1-1, 6 KO), whose dogged determination made the difference on two scorecards, with judges giving him careds of 78-74 and 79-73, and the third scoring it 77-75 for Foster. BLH had a draw, 76-76, but I felt if anyone earnedthe win, it was Chinea, who dug deep in the final three rounds especially.
Foster (10-2, 7 KO) is a skilled boxer, but not quite as slick as he needs to be against a guy like Chinea, who just crowded him and put him on the ropes all night long. To Foster’s credit, he fought back, landed a lot of shots, too, and didn’t do badly, but it wasn’t the situation he wanted, and it hurt him on the cards. It just doesn’t look good to be pinned against the ropes for so much of the fight, and in otherwise competitive rounds, that can be a difference maker for a judge.
In an explosive opener, junior middleweight Khiary Gray suffered the first loss of his pro career via second round TKO to Ian Green. Green (10-1, 8 KO) was hurt in the first round, and hurt pretty badly in the second, but he was able to buy himself some time and space by getting on his bike. That led to an aggressive Gray (13-1, 10 KO) making some tactical mistakes, one of which led to his getting crushed with a right hand bomb, putting him on the canvas.
Gray getting back up was pretty remarkable, as it was a clean shot that shook him completely to his core, but he did make it up at a count of nine, and tried to hang on for the final 30 seconds of the round. He couldn’t quite do it, though, as Gray dropped him again with 10 seconds left, and referee Arthur Mercante Jr stopped the fight.
It’s a big win for Green, a 22-year-old from Paterson, N.J., who was making his national television debut and took this fight on five days’ notice. And it’s a heartbreaker for Gray, who brought along a lot of fans from Worcester, Mass., who were firmly in the 23-year-old’s corner. After the fight ended, Gray was in tears in his corner, but also walked across the ring to hug and congratulate Ian Green. I think we’ll see both of these guys again.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (July 22nd, 2016) – Previously unbeaten junior middleweight Khiary Gray suffered his first career loss Friday on the main card of ShoBox: The New Generation’s 15th anniversary fight card at Foxwoods Resort Casino, courtesy of an overhand right that no one – including Gray – saw coming.
Gray (13-1) dominated the first round and a half against New Jersey’s Ian Green (10-1, 8 KOs) until Green caught him with an overhand right that sent the Worcester, Mass., native to the canvas for the first time in his career. Gray was visibly hurt and took his time getting back to his feet. He tried to hold on for the final 20 seconds of the round, but referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stepped in and stopped it at the 2-minute, 50-second mark as Green unloaded with his opponent pressed against the ropes.
“It was just jitterbugs for me in the first round,” said Green, who agreed to take the fight on four day’s notice and weighed in at 157 pounds, the lowest weight of his career. “I just kept my composure and got back to boxing.”
Gray peppered Green with overhand rounds in the opening round and kept applying pressure early in the second, but once he took his foot off the pedal, Green fought back and landed a perfect counter right that changed the course of the fight.
“He just caught me,” Gray said. “I don’t even know what punch it was. I didn’t even see it. I tried to hold on and waste some time, but I got caught again. I just need to get back to the gym and fix my mistakes. I’ll bounce back.”
NEW YORK (July 19, 2016) – Acclaimed SHOWTIME Sports® prospect developmental series ShoBox: The New Generation celebrates its 15th anniversary this Friday, July 22 with a quintessential four-fight telecast, live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Since its inception in 2001, ShoBox: The New Generation has been dedicated to promoting competitive fights pitting promising boxers in the toughest fights of their career. ShoBox has carved out its identity by matching top talent against each other.
“This is certainly an accomplishment for the series, but we wouldn’t be here for 15 years without the fighters,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of ShoBox: The New Generation. “The credit should go to the young men who are willing to step up and take risks early in their career.
“As we’ve seen over the last 15 years, matching fighters tough at a young age escalates their career development, and we’re thrilled to provide the platform to introduce viewers to these talented fighters. I’d also like to thank the promoters, managers and trainers who are willing to test their fighters at an early stage. Working together with a diverse roster of promotional companies is vital for the advancement of the sport as we aim to find tomorrow’s stars today.”