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Photos: "Mean" Joe Green And Peter Quillin Lead Undercard At MSG

green26.02.08 - By Wray Edwards: Photos (c) Wray Edwards/ESB at the apron Madison Square Garden. Besides the Co-Main Event featuring Duddy and Smichet, there were five prelims, one of which was a twelve rounder between Joe Green (17-0, 13KO's, 157.25 Lbs.) from Queens, New York and Francisco A. Mora (52-12, 36 KO's, 159.25 Lbs.) from Cordoba, Argentina for the NABO & NABA Middleweight Championships.

Geoff Ciani's comprehensive report and evaluation of these fights (see below) leaves little to add...so here with brief remarks is a photo presentation of the highlite moments in these contests.:

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Green's Boxing skills are well developed and gave his opponent little room for points.

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In fact Mora spent quite a bit of time on the canvass due to Green's dominance.

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Green was effective with both hands.

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Francisco did his best to head hunt Green whose guards and head movement made shots like this in frequent.

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Mora made several trips to the canvass, but kept getting up.

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The trouble with that was more of this was waiting for him.

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During the Eleventh Round, Mora developed a serious hematoma (sp? blood flooding under the skin) behind his right ear and the doctor stopped the fight. I have seen this lead to an ear being ripped half-off, and agreed with the stoppage.

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Joe was stoked by the win and he deserved the victory. Note Green's trainer John David Jackson back left.

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Before that fight a scheduled ten round Cruiserweight fight was short and sweet.
Cruiserweight Johnathan Banks (18-0, 13 KO's, 200 Lbs.) from Detroit, Mich. steps out to fight Imamu Mayfield (25-8-2, 18 KO's, 197.5 Lbs.) from Perth Amboy, NJ for ten rounds.

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Johnathan wasted no time and sent Imamu to the canvass for a KO (listed TKO) at 1:49 of Round One.

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Mayfield tried to look ready but the ref didn't buy it. The call may have been a bit previous. Mayfield was pissed and uttered a curse word loud enough to reach the nosebleed seats.

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Banks arm is raised in victory.

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The Third fight of the night was a 6/8 Round Super Middleweight contest featuring Peter "Chocolate" Quillin (15-0, 12 KO's, 161 Lbs.) fromNew York, NY and Thomas Brown ( 11-2-1, 7 KO's, 156.5 Lbs.) from York, S.C. Peter didn't waste any time and delivered a huge liver shot...

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which left Brown doubled up on the floor.

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No position stops the pain of a liver shot.

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Finally, sitting up, Brown reaches out to Quillin as Peter comes over to check on him.

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Quillin makes his victory pose

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The second fight of the evening featured 300 Lb. Alexander Ustinov from Minsk, Belarus who...

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Bombed Earl Ladson from Winston-Salem, N.C. right to the canvass for a TKO at 1:59 of Round One...

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so the ref raises Sasha's arm in victory. It was a size and weight mismatch (a harbinger of things to come at the end of the evening.

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The first fight of the evening was a four round contest between Jr. Middleweight Ronnie Vargas from New York and Monyette Flowers (red trunks)
from Memphis, Tenn. Vargas did a lot of this and...

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Vargas gets arm raised in comradship with Flowers.
At the weigh-in, I thought Vargas looked pale & wimpy in his blue plaid boxers. Boy was I wrong. He is a very good fighter with effective combinations, excellent footwork and fine defense.

It was an OK under card. See you at the fights.

Article posted on 26.02.2008



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