One of the best young prospects in the entire sport takes the stage in Newark, New Jersey this weekend. No, it isn’t a homecoming fight, no it isn’t an amateur stand out and Olympic medalist coming home to put on a show for the hometown fans. No, it’s not who you think! It’s not even an unbeaten prospect. Bantamweight, blue chipper, Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer Jr is well on his way to superstardom. Its been a great story from a self-described robbery in the Chicago Golden Gloves and being done with boxing. To being signed with Top Rank and the verge of a title shot. Its been a long strange journey for the Top Rank promoted bantamweight. But, he has arrived and will have those skills on display in the co-main at the Prudential Center. Greer is the best prospect on the card and that’s saying quite a bit. (not to pat ourselves on the back but we spotted Greer Jr on the undercard portion of a Roy Jones Jr promotions card two years ago and saw something absolutely special about “Don’t Blink”)
Greer’s father died tragically, he took up boxing upon his grandmother and mother telling him to find something to do or he was going to end up shot and dead. Greer found boxing and without a spectacular amateur career and a controversial “L” in the Chicago Golden Gloves Greer needed to be talked back into the gym and into a pro career by now famed trainer George Hernandez. A career that got off to somewhat off a rough start a controversial loss to “Cool Boy” Stephen Fulton Jr in Bethlaham Sands, PA. which isn’t so bad in retrospect as Fulton captured the IBO title and is a Top 122-pounder,that loss came off the heels of a Draw to a 3-2 fighter called Mario Ayala. It wasn’t the perfect start for Greer by any means, however, the Chicago kid has been on an absolute tear over the last 30-months or so. That saw him rise from obscurity to title contention. “Don’t Blink” has lived up to his nickname scoring eight stoppages in his last nine fights in a30-month span including highlight reel specials on ShoBox against James Smith and another spectacular highlight reel knockout over Giovanni Delgado which has lead to him being called Mr. ESPN. Greer Jr’s knockouts are ESPN “Ultimate Highlight” worthy.
It’s not just the spectacular one punch power, its the mesmerizing hand speed, and lightning quick reflexes. He is nearly impossible to hit and as quick as a hiccup with counter shots. Greer constantly makes you miss, and fires off pinpoint accurate power shots and gets to a place where he can’t possibly be hit in return. He is the complete offensive package with insane athleticism and reflexes that makes his impossible to land cleanly on. He has everything you would want in a superstar including a gimmick. His “Night Night” pillow tht he breaks out after putting his opponents to sleep has become an unforgettable trademark. One that we see seemingly every fight now as he stops opponent after opponent in impressive fashion.
Its been a long time since a truly great fighter come out of Chicago. Greer seems to be fast-tracked to becoming the Windy City’s next great. Mr. ESPN steps into the ring with Nikolai Potapov in the Co-Main of an ESPN card Saturday night. Potpaov is arguably the best name Greer has been in with. It been a long ride that started with him quitting boxing to winning just three of his first five pro bouts, to being a journeymen, to signing with Andrew Zak’s Journeymen management and being a staple on ShoBox to now being one of Top Rank’s key prospects and with a win over Potapov, Greer will likely be in line for a world title shot, likely against Zolani Tete, who currently holds the WBO 118-pound belt.A fight that would logically land on ESPN. Mr. ESPN would win his first world title on ESPN. The final stop in what is an incredible ride for the underdog from Chicago. Don’t Blink!