Green­berg takes one in the eye but still sees off Kenna

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYBARRYTOBERMAN

BOX­ING RO­MAN Green­berg over­came an eye in­jury to ex­tend his un­blem­ished pro­fes­sional record to 27 wins with a com­fort­able points suc­cess over Colin Kenna at Lon­don’s Royal Lan- caster Ho­tel last week. The ris­ing heavy­weight star sus­tained what was later di­ag­nosed as a torn cornea in his left eye in the sec­ond of the eight rounds and fought on in con­sid­er­able pain. He had the Southamp­ton-based Kenna in trou­ble in the sixth round and floored him in the sev­enth, but could not fin­ish off a durableop­po­nent.Pro­moterRobertWater­man­saidthatGreen­berghad­wanted to put on a show for his do­mes­tic fans onarareUKap­pear­ance,sup­port­ingthe Philip Green Me­mo­rial Trust. They had re­sponded in num­bers with the box­ing din­ner be­ing a 750-ticket sell-out. An­other 200 turned up solely for the fight. “At the time, we were dis­ap­pointed with Ro­man’s per­for­mance,” Water­man con­fided. “But he was hav­ing ma­jor prob­lems blink­ing and with blurred vi­sion.

Green­berg told JC Sport that de­spite his sight prob­lems, “at no stage did I think that I was not in con­trol of the fight”. Fu­ture plans would de­pend on a de­ci­sion to have surgery on his trou­ble­some right hand. “I wanted to get a cou­ple of fights be­fore surgery, but could not do so with one-and-a-half hands.”

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