Last Thursday night, over 800 noisy fans at the Cordon Bleu Banquet Center in Woodhaven, New York, turned out to watch their hometown hero, junior middleweight contender “Mean” Joe Greene (25-1, 16 KOs) score a clear unanimous decision over capable veteran Calvin Odom of Inglewood, California. Fighting in the eight-round main event of a Greg Cohen Promotions night of boxing, Greene outworked and outscored the lanky Odom to win by scores of 79-73 and 77-75 (twice).
Greene, who hadn’t been in the ring since January 2012 (a KO 8 over Jackson, Tennessee’s Nathan Bedwell), said he was happy for the victory, but disappointed in not being able to get Odom out of there. “I should have stopped this guy, but ring rust was definitely a factor. I felt good being back in the ring though. This was my first fight in a year and half and next time out, I’ll be even sharper.”
In the night’s co-main event, former amateur star Antoine Douglas of Washington, D.C., moved his record to a perfect 3-0, 3 KOs with a first-round stoppage of Virginia’s Stanley Harvey (1-3, 1 KO).
The end came at 2:37, as a downed Harvey rose on shaky legs, prompting referee Ricky Gonzalez to call a halt to the bout.
On the undercard, Woodhaven’s own Danny Gonzalez made a successful pro debut in the junior welterweight division by scoring a four-round unanimous decision (39-37 X 3) against Harlem’s Bernel Ayers, now 0-3.
Brooklyn’s Glenford Nickey (1-0-1) got his first professional victory in a four-round lightweight bout against Benjamin Burgos (1-2) of Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, by way of a unanimous decision (40-36, 39-37 X 2).
And in the opening bout of the evening, Brooklyn junior welterweight Anthony Smith (1-1) prevailed in an exciting four-round majority decision and in the process spoiled the pro debut of Carlos Nieves of Brooklyn via Puerto Rico. The scores were 38-37 (twice) and 38-38.