Joshua Greer Jr. had held out hope until early last week that his next fight was scheduled far enough in advance that it still would’ve taken place April 25 in Las Vegas.
Like almost every boxer in the sport, however, Greer’s career is on hold while he waits for his fight against Jason Moloney to be rescheduled once the coronavirus pandemic ends. Whenever their bantamweight bout happens, Greer cannot wait to produce the type of performance that he hopes makes 2020 the best year of his career.
“I’m looking to put on a spectacular performance against Jason Moloney,” Greer told BoxingScene.com. “One thing I like about him is he’s a tough fighter. Even in the fight with [Emmanuel] Rodriguez, no matter how he went down, he still showed the fact that he’s resilient, that he will keep coming. I like that type of fighter. He has a country behind him, and I’m just looking to put on a spectacular performance, one of my best performances, against Jason Moloney.”
Puerto Rico’s Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KOs) is the only opponent who has beaten Australia’s Moloney (20-1, 17 KOs). Rodriguez defeated Moloney by split decision in October 2018 to retain the IBF 118-pound championship Rodriguez since has lost to Japanese star Naoya Inoue.
“I feel like Rodriguez won,” Greer said, “but I give a lot of credit to Jason Moloney because even when it seemed in that fight that he was out-gunned, he never stopped attacking. He never stopped coming and never stopped trying to make a way for himself.”
ESPN was supposed to televise the battle between Chicago’s Greer (22-1-1, 12 KOs) and Moloney the same night as Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) and the Philippines’ Johnriel Casimero (29-4, 20 KOs) were scheduled to meet in a bantamweight championship unification fight at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Greer will remain in the gym just in case the Moloney match is rescheduled sooner than most expect.
“I’ve gotta keep pushing because this, too, shall pass,” Greer said. “When it’s over, I still wanna be strong and ready. This is not the time for me to slack off or the time for me to play around. Originally, my date was April 25th. I felt I had the need to come and show the world an impressive performance. So, I still feel those things need to happen and I’m gonna keep doing whatever I have to do to do that whenever the next date does come.”
The 25-year-old Greer has won 19 straight fights since suffering his lone loss – a four-round majority decision to Philadelphia’s Stephen Fulton (18-0, 8 KOs) in December 2015. The winner between Greer, who’s ranked number two in the IBF’s 118-pound rankings, and the fourth-rated Moloney could find himself in position to face the Inoue-Casimero winner.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.