By Craig Watt
On Sunday former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion Danny Green (25-3, 22KO’s) returns to the boxing ring after an eighteen month absence following the announcement of his retirement in March 2008. In the promotion entitled, “Unfinished Business” he takes on experienced South African Anthony Van Niekerk (21-6-2, 13KO’s) at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia. This is the first fight in the Australian’s planned comeback, targeting former two-time WBA super-middleweight Anthony Mundine in perhaps Australia’s most lucrative fight in history when they plan to face off in front of 40,000 fans at the Subiaco Oval in Perth, early in 2010. Both of Sunday’s matched fighters met at the head to head press conference at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough, Perth Wednesday and faced the media.
The 36 year old Western Australian, known as “The Green Machine” is excited about his ring return in his hometown of Perth and stated, “I just can’t wait to get back in the ring on Sunday. I am just trying to stay calm and stay cool. I am really excited to be fighting again and excited about fighting in my hometown of Perth. The preparation has been done, the hard yards completed and now I just want to get back into the boxing ring on Sunday and get the job done.”
“I have been doing this game for a long time and I know Anthony will come to fight. He is experienced like me but having trained so hard, twice a day, six days a week for seven weeks I am ready to get back into the sport I love so much. I am looking forward to savouring the moment, enjoying the atmosphere and feeling that adrenaline rush when I come out into the ring.” Green stated.
“Once the bell goes I know all the nerves will go and know what I need to do. It will be a tough fight but I am confident of victory. The Green Machine Team are ready to get back on track and I can’t wait to feel the love from the Perth fans and hopefully I can reciprocate with a strong performance.” He added.
When asked about what type of fight he envisaged, Green added, “This guy is prepared to come to the lion’s den in the Challenge Stadium and come all the way from South Africa to do so. He is a professional athlete and I know he will give me a good hard fight. I watched his fight in 2008 in a domestic clash for the South African light-heavyweight title and although he was stopped in the twelfth round it was by a guy who was ranked 20th in the world, so this guy knows what he is doing. He is like me in that he doesn’t take a backward step and it will be a heads on tough and exciting fight for the fans. However, I have trained hard and I know the crowd at the Challenge Stadium will give me that added spur and I am confident of victory on Sunday.”
When asked about the potential lucrative re-match with former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine he said, “Look, first things first. I just need to concentrate on the job in hand. I am not focussing on Anthony Mundine just now – I am putting my mind on this fight and securing victory because I know that if I don’t win on Sunday then there will be no fight with Mundine. It is as simple as that – I have to win and then I can look further into the future. Not now though, we have a job to do and win this fight.”
His South African opponent is convinced he has a strong chance of victory against the former champion. He stated, “I have come to Australia with a belief I can beat Danny Green. I know he is a former world champion and I know he is fighting in front of his home fans in Perth. I have come here to win and I am in great shape and full of experience. I have been a pro for 21 years and when I beat him on Sunday the tides will turn for me. It will be me that will be fighting Anthony Mundine, not Danny, if I win this fight. It is a great opportunity and I am looking ahead to a great fight and believe me I will push him and I know I can beat him.”
“It is going to be a hard clash. I have not come all the way from South Africa to lie down. I have come to fight – we have been training for four months. I was in training for a WBA inter-continental fight in Africa when the call came. I thank Danny for this opportunity and know I can this opportunity with both hands.” The South African added.
The fight can be seen live in Australia on Sunday on Main Events PPV from 7.00pm EST, priced at $49.95 AUD.
Tickets are still available for the promotion at the Challenge Stadium, which features six fights and can be ordered via Ticketmaster in Australia.