‘Magic’ Plania is first Filipino to fight since Covid lockdown
Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) - June 2, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  World ranked bantamweight prospect “Magic” Mike Plania of General Santos City will be the first Filipino boxer to see action in the ring since the Covid-19 lockdown.

Plania will slug it out with WBO No.1 bantamweight contender Joshua ‘Don’t Blink’ Greer Jr. of Chicago, Illinois in Top Rank’s boxing event behind closed doors on June 16 (June 17 Phl time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

A catch weight of 120 points have been agreed by both camps.

Plania, managed and promoted by JC Mananquil of the GenSan-based Sanman Promotions, said he cannot contain his excitement in finally showing off his stuff after months of hiatus due to the worldwide pandemic.

“I am so lucky to be the first fighter from the Philippines to be called to duty. As a warrior it is my pleasure to come out and see action especially with an elite fighter like Joshua Greer,” Plania said in a statement.

The 23-year-old Plania, however, faces a tall order as Greer is a very dangerous opponent on a hot streak.

Green, 25, is undefeated in 19 bouts since losing to Stephen Fulton by majority decision over four rounds in 2015.Overall, he holds a 22-1-1 record with 12KOs.

Plania, sporting a 23-1 win-loss card also spiked with 12KOs, is aware of his underdog status but vows to take it as a challenge to pull off a huge upset.

 “I am aware of my underdog status in this fight but it will serve as my inspiration to come out and win this big. Thanks to God, Sanman promotions, MR Promotions, Knucklehead and Top Rank for this chance,” Plania said.

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