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.”