Who is the real Allan Green?
Is it the explosive super middle who nearly beheaded a then-undefeated Jaidon Codrington in 18 seconds in 2005? Or is it the guy who was dropped and nearly stopped by journeyman Donny McCrary the following year? Is it the lethargic and seemingly lost boxer who blew his big shot against Edison Miranda last March?
Or is Allan Green the Oklahoma gunslinger who shot up Darrell Woods on the most recent Friday Night Fights at Tulsa’s Million Dollar Elm Casino?, ending the affair at 1:22 of the first.
Unless he’s truly got split personality disorder, and the “real” Green is in fact a genuine wild card—sometimes looking like a prime Tyson, other times like vintage Derrick Gainer—we will soon find out what he’s all about. In his defense, he has been wrestling with some horrible ailments that affected recent performances; “my colon was paralyzed,” he has told the media. (Couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.)
Regardless, I expect the now 24-1 (17) 27-year-old to eventually show that he belongs among the elite of this exploding division.
Things are getting hot at 168. The upcoming Calzaghe-Kessler bout might be the best, most highly anticipated fight in the sport. Waiting in the wings are a host of exciting fighters, such as IBF titlist Alejandro Berrio, Anthony Mundine, and up-and-comers Lucian Bute, Carl Froch, Jean Pascal and Librado Andrade. Jeff Lacy will eventually make his return. And Jermain Taylor, Kelly Pavlik and Edison Miranda are not long for 160.
The charismatic, sometimes astonishing 6’2’’ Green will have a chance to redeem himself, if not by year’s end then sometime in ‘08. There have been on-going negotiations with The Contender’s Peter Manfredo Jnr. for a possible date in October, but things are far from certain at the time of this writing. And, with all due respect to the “Pride of Wales,” Mr. Calzaghe, does beating Manfredo necessarily prove one is world class, or just a good businessman?
One must also ask, does annihilating Darrell Woods—who will be 40 in August and now goes 26-11 (18)—regardless of how impressively it was done, make Green a world-beater? Certainly not. But it keeps us interesting in this erratic talent from Tulsa, OK, a place better known for churning out canvas backs, not world champions.
Woods took the fight on 11 days notice. But he was also coming off a fight of the year candidate, when he beat touted Colombian. prospect Samuel Miller last March.
Woods almost got KO’d in the first round of that great fight. After dispatching Woods, Green told Teddy Atlas that studying tape of that round was his key to victory. Woods has a big right hand but he throws a lazy jab to set it up.
Green worked inside the jab immediately with his own stiffer left. With Woods’ back to the ropes a mere 20 seconds in, Green uncorked a three-punch combination; a right to the body, a left hook (which missed) and a right, which connected cleanly on the opponent’s left temple.
Woods went down in a heap. He rose at three, but on Wobbly legs which never recovered. Green quickly went to work with mainly straight rights and left hooks, all of which landed and had Woods backing up on his heels. Once again on the ropes, Woods absorbed a barrage of blows.
He drunkenly fled to another part of the ring but was made with a big right hand and left hook which had him clutching the ropes to keep himself upright. Another effective flurry from Green and referee Gerald Ritter called the fight.
Super middle Mike Jackson, now 11-15 (8), was KO’d by a single right hand from George Tahdooanippah, now 7-0 (6), at 2:02 of the first. This was the 10th time Jackson has lost by first-round KO, and his 14th KO loss overall. He left the ring on a stretcher.
I’d like to hear how the Oklahoma commission justifies giving him a license. And ESPN2, whose commentators are always quick to condemn such mismatches, needs to start asking itself why they all to often air this crap. Doesn’t showing it make them complicit? You can’t have it both ways. Why can’t they vet cards and apply pressure on promoters (in this case Tony Holden) to do the right thing?
Jnr. welter Ramon Montano raised his record to 14-4-2 (1) in winning a UD 8 over Derrick Campos, now 12-4 (9). All three judges had it 80-72.
In a four-rounder between cruisers, Mike Cooper and Jim Franklin fought to a draw: 38-38. Cooper is 7-1-1 (6) and Franklin is 8-8-1 (5).