Report and photo by Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny “Green Machine” Green (33-5, 28 KOs) could be ready to hang up the gloves after considering the health risks if he continues to box. WBO #12, IBF #13 Green recaptured the IBO title in 2012 after scoring a twelve round decision over Shane Cameron. Antonio Tarver had stopped Green in nine rounds in 2011 to end his first IBO title reign, then later the same year WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk scored a stoppage in eleven rounds over Green when Green was ahead on all cards. In his first stint as world champion, Green captured the WBA light heavyweight crown by easily out scoring Stipe Drews in 2007.
Green said. “I want to be in charge of my family and protect my family when I’m older. If any problems arise for my children, my family or friends, physically and mentally I want to be capable. If that means sacrificing a couple more years in the sport I love and I’ve been successful in … if it’s detrimental to me it has to happen. First and foremost to me is my kids. If I can’t protect my kids, guide my kids through life, be their father and their friend, there’s no point. I’ve been bashed in the face for 22 years. You never know what’s around the corner and the next punch can change that.”
Green said research into concussions had left him pondering his future. “When you think about it, it’s a brutal game. My job is to try to render another man unconscious with blows to the head. It’s brutal.”