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Potapov's Team Files Protest Of Majority-Decision Loss To Greer

By Keith Idec

Nikolai Potapov isn’t going down without another fight.

Potapov’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita, told on Monday that he has filed an official protest of Potapov’s majority-decision defeat to Joshua Greer Jr. with New Jersey’s State Athletic Control Board. Greer recorded a controversial victory over Potapov on Saturday night at Prudential Center in Newark.

Two judges – Lindsey Page (116-112) and Lawrence Layton (115-113) – scored their very competitive contest for Chicago’s Greer. The other judge, Mark Consentino, had their 12-round encounter even (114-114).


According to CompuBox’s unofficial punch stats, Greer landed more overall punches than Potapov (160-of-424 to 139-of-638). CompuBox credited Greer for landing more power punches (116-of-269 to 90-of-267), but it scored more jabs for Potapov (49-of-371 to 44-of-155).

Analysts Andre Ward and Timothy Bradley, who called the 12-round bantamweight bout for ESPN, were convinced that the 28-year-old Potapov earned the win and adamantly disputed the scoring. It’s extremely unusual, however, for a commission to overturn a questionable result, even those much more controversial than Greer-Potapov.

“We feel we got robbed, as do boxing fans,” Salita said following the fight. “ESPN and the media had Nikolai winning. We are going to appeal the decision. ESPN is a great platform for the sport of boxing. We are grateful for the opportunity and what is just. Nikolai won the fight!”

Potapov also protested his loss during his post-fight interview with ESPN.

The 25-year-old Greer is represented by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., the promoter of a card that featured featherweight contender and Newark native Shakur Stevenson in the main event.

His unconvincing victory moved Greer closer to a title shot because their fight was an IBF elimination match.

Greer (21-1-1, 12 KOs) is the IBF’s No. 4-ranked contender to its 118-pound champion, Japan’s Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs). The Russian-born Potapov (20-2-1, 18 KOs), a Brooklyn resident, is ranked No. 11.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 07-15-2019

Greer put me to sleep in live with one of his pillows. Today I had watched the fight completely alert and I saw Potapov's win a tight decision in his way. Bob Arum again with his cooking decision.:trink26:

Comment by RGJTMMRDCMJRJSM on 07-15-2019

Greer lost. He can keep his pillows.

Comment by indelible on 07-15-2019

Greer's post fight interview tells us all we need to know about him. I'm with the general consensus on this. Greer lost to Potapov

Comment by Dramacyde on 07-15-2019

Greer clearly won. He outlanded the Russian & hurt him about 3 times.

Comment by richardt on 07-15-2019

They need to reverse this ridiculous decision immediately as well as the one where Jerry Forrest was robbed of his clear win against Jermaine Franklin. Forrest and Potapov won those fights, period!!!

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