Photos and report by Craig Watt
Australian cruiserweight Paul “Hurricane” Briggs (26-3, 18 KOs) promised fans yesterday a boxing war when he meets fellow Aussie Danny Green (29-3, 26 KOs) in Sydney next month. The fight will be held at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney on July 21st and will be Green’s third defense of his IBO cruiserweight title. Briggs held a media training session at the Competitive Boxing Gym in Malaga, Perth, Western Australia yesterday and stated, “I will knock Danny Green unconscious on July 21st. I have been twenty-four rounds with Thomas Adamek who is one of the most dangerous fighters in the world so Danny Green doesn’t bother me. It will be a fight that Australian boxing fans have been waiting for and will be a great spectacle in Sydney. People who have seen my style and performances over the years will know I don’t take a backward step – it will be a great fight for the fans. I am ready for war.”
Many have questioned the motivation of the 35 year old for the fight, given Briggs has been in retirement for 3 years and will take no warm up fight for this match with Green.
Briggs responded, “I don’t need to get up for this fight because of the importance in Australian boxing. The match up has been talked about for years and the fans kept asking me when I would step up to the challenge and now is the time. After Danny’s victory over Roy Jones Jr the fight has added spice and the challenge of me coming out of retirement to take on a fighter at the peak of his career gives me total motivation. The bigger the challenge for me, the bigger the motivation. I am pumped for this fight and Green knows I will try and take his head off – he won’t have to come looking for me. I will be in his face, throwing bombs.”
“I bumped into Green a couple of weeks ago in Sydney and he admitted to my face that this was going to be a tough fight for him – he knows what I bring to the table and he knows I have power in both my hands. Yes, he stopped Roy Jones Jr in December last year but I also dropped Thomas Adamek in my second fight and he is considered one of the most dangerous fighters today on the planet – I have no reason to fear Danny Green and no reason to doubt that I can win this fight.”
“People question whether three years out of the ring will affect my preparation but I have kept super-fit in this period. I have my own Gym on the Gold Coast and kept in great shape all this time. If Danny Green underestimates Paul Briggs next month then he is in for a shock.”
When asked about his motivation to return to the boxing ring Briggs was honest in the event that re-ignited the spark for a ring return.
“I am not proud of this but the spark that made me return to the boxing ring was a gang attack in Queensland a few months ago. One night I was confronted by a gang on the Gold Coast and although I was backed into a corner my natural aggression took over to defend myself. When the first gang member attacked I knocked him out cold. The others then ran away seeing what I had done to their fellow attacker. In a moment I felt the spark back- the fear and the contact which I felt in my boxing career. In a bizarre way this gang attack gave me the spark to get back in the gym. I am not proud of this but it worked.”
In the preparation for this fight Briggs will be trained by Billy Hussein and former world champion Jeff Fenech and Briggs pointed to the importance of this factor in the preparation for this fight.
He added, “Billy and Jeff are a great team for me and have got me into great physical and mental shape. Their pedigree is superb in Australian boxing and Jeff trained Danny Green for many years in his career and has an inside track on what makes him tick and his strengths and weaknesses. If Danny is King Kong then I have the team who know what his weaknesses are and how to bring him down. We will leave no stone unturned in trying to secure victory and the team is totally confident.”
The fight in Sydney on July 21st will be broadcast across Australia on PPV by Main Events.