Having spent a great deal of Friday lampooning the American heavyweight picture and in particular Cedric Boswell, the 39-year-old recruited to provide a benchmark for Roman Greenberg’s often soporific progress as a heavyweight, it is with humility I report that the veteran, despite age, and the lack of anything other than a TKO defeat to Jameel McCline in 2003 on his record, proved too much for Greenberg.
Boswell demolished the highly touted prospect in the second round.
Following on from Tye Fields and Albert Sosnowski, Greenberg is possibly the most disappointing upset victim of the year such is the build-up and globe trotting education his handlers’ have afforded him. A loss to Boswell needn’t terminate his aspirations but it does apply an overdue reality check to the puffy-faced Israeli national.
As I mentioned on Friday, there have always been tales of his woes in sparring – as well as how good he can look too – but the doubts about his punch resistance have now been evidenced in the public arena. The defeat would seem less catastrophic if Greenberg had suffered it earlier in the midst of a more progressive development of his career, but it hasn’t, it’s arrived in his seventh year as a pro, aged 26, and with precious little demonstrable improvement in his technique, stamina or authority in the ring.
It makes his whole career to date appear to be a hollow threat. The voyage of a ghost ship through the heavyweight waters, sunk by the first swell it encountered.
Perhaps, with the curated 0 lost and Greenberg and his backers awoken to the true horizon of his career. He may dedicate every sinew to honing the snippets of talent he has shown thus far into something more substantive.
Occasionally calamity can provide insight and be the crucible for reinvention. But then, perhaps there has already been too much invention.