Former super middleweight contender Allan Green bounced back from a fourth-round KO loss to Mikkell Kessler with an up-from-the-canvas seventh-round stoppage of Renan St-Juste on the Lucian Bute-Denis Grachev fight in Montreal on Saturday.
Green (32-4, 22 knockouts) controlled most of the light heavyweight fight with his jab, which bloodied St-Juste’s nose and eventually closed the 40-year-old southpaw’s right eye. However, Green, who weighed-in 3¾ pounds over the 175-pound limit, was dropped and badly hurt by a big straight left near the end of the fourth round. The 33-year-old native of Tulsa, Okla., beat the count but was pummeled by his shorter and lighter opponent until the end of the round.
Most fans watching the fight figured Green was on his way to another stoppage loss. The former 168-pound title challenger suffered an eighth-round stoppage to Glen Johnson in 2010 and was blasted by Kessler in his last bout this past May.
However, Green survived the fifth round by moving to his left and timing the stalking St-Juste with right hands and resumed control with his jab in round six, which ended with the American pressing the smaller Quebec native to the ropes.
After being dominated by Green in the seventh round, St-Juste’s corner asked him if he had “given his all.” St-Juste said “yes” and they asked the referee to halt the bout, giving Green a much-needed TKO victory.