Good news, we didn't hear of any pub tussles occurring after we posted Part 1 of our NYC Top 20 Pound-for-Pound List.
Fingers are crossed that all will remain calm as numbers 14-10 are released.
14) Joe Greene: Born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, now calling Florida home, the junior middleweight Greene had a chance to accumulate heavy buzz if he beat Vanes Martirosyan at Yankee Stadium in June 2010. Instead, he dropped a UD10 in a listless bout. At 23-1 with 15 KOs, Greene (age 25) can commiserate with Jacobs in that the fans and press can be harsh, and drop a young guy from the radar for one measly loss. Critics wonder how badly he wants success, and would like to see him be busy, show the judges he wants every second of every round.
13) Gabriel Bracero: You might notice and take issue with the fact that the 30-year-old Sunset Park, Brooklyn hitter has just 3 KOs on his 18-0 ledger. Point taken, but then you should nore that it's hard to recall when this solid product last lost a single round. With Tommy Gallagher acting as trainer/manager, he'll get a title crack sometime next year.
12) Ashley Theophane: The Londoner has set up shop in Brooklyn to get to the next level. The junior welterweight says he's been pleased with the level of sparring he's gotten at Gleason's, and he'll look to prove that on Dec. 10 when he looks to defend his British title versus 24-6-1 Nigel Wright in Peterlee, County Durham, England.
11) Monte Barrett: This man deserves props for longevity. The Jamaica, Queens native debuted in 1996, and had cracks at crowns, losing to Hasim Rahman (2005) and Nikolay Valuev (2006). He's still plugging away, politely asking to get a chance as a recycled asset against a Klitschko. Barrett, residing in Bayonne, New Jersey, is hedging his bets, though, taking part in a training session for a stint in Vince McMahon's WWE.
10) Sechew Powell: The "Iron Horse" got a long awaited title shot in June, against Cornelius Bundrage, but couldn't get over the hump, dropping a UD. He has much in the way of boxing skills, but would be aided if he had a meaner streak and concentrated on volume. At 32, Powell (26-3 with 15 KOs) knows time is not infinite. He should get a chance to prove to the crew back in Brooklyn, and himself, that is promise will be fulfilled.
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