Joe Greene Dominates Delray Raines, Wins 8 Round Unanimous Decision
Joe Greene is a rising middleweight contender and came off a 10 month layoff to take this fight against Delray Raines. Greene looked very impressive from the beginning of the fight at the Laredo Entertainment Center in Laredo, Texas.
Joe Greene imposed his will on Delray Raines throughout the fight. Raines was tough opposition, but is not nearly as skilled as the southpaw from Jamaica Queens, New York. Raines did not use his height and reach advantage. He did not throw many jabs and Greene took full advantage as he walked inside landing vicious combinations to the body and head.
Raines also had a disadvantage in hand speed. As early as round 2, Raines had swelling under his right eye from Greene landing his straight left continually. In round 3, Greene attacked Raines' body. Raines countered with a combination, but it was blocked by Greene.
Most of the action in this fight took place in close quarters. Greene landed the more effective punches inside, but Raines was throwing back too. As the fight went on, Greene was landing the harder, cleaner punches. Greene threw and landed terrific combinations to Raines' body.
In the 5th round, Greene landed some sharp lefts to the head. Raines did not possess the power to hurt Greene when he countered him. Greene was controlling the pace of the fight. There were some good exchanges in round 7. Raines landed some clean punches, but Greene would counter quickly after getting hit. Raines fought hard, but just doesn not possess the skill set of Greene, who has fought over 250 amateur fights.
Joe Greene is moving up the rankings in the Middleweight Division. He has yet to fight that big name opponent. Greene possesses a lot skills, but this fight was a bit of mismatch. Greene throws good body punches when he gets inside a fighter's range. A possible opponent in the near future for Greene could be the undefeated Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin. Greene holds a victory over Quillin in the amateurs, but "Kid Chocolate" is a much improved fighter now. Peter Qullin has devastating punching power with both hands and his professional record is 20-0, 15 KO's.
Joe Greene's record improves to 21-0, 14 KO's while Delray Raines falls to 15-6, 10 KO's.