By Craig Watt
When Danny Green stopped Roy Jones Jr in the first round in Sydney on December 2nd he immediately called out Bernard Hopkins who was pencilled to take on the former eight time world champion, Jones Jr in March 2010 in a major PPV bout in the US. In the lead up to the Jones fight Green was labeled a “tomato can” by Hopkins but now it seems that he is being tempted to follow in the footsteps of Jones Jr and come to fight in Australia in mid 2010. On Friday Hopkins confirmed the fight was, “more than 50% but not quite 100%” after Green, his trainer Angelo Hyder and Garry Shaw met Golden Boy Promotions last week. Green landed back in Sydney on Friday for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race where he is taking part for charity and seems confident the fight will happen.
He stated, “We have made Hopkins an offer and I think it is enough to entice him down under. There are a few grey areas but it makes sense for Bernard to challenge for my IBO Cruiserweight title-the one weight class he doesn’t have. It would be another great fight for Australia and boxing here is certainly on the up.”
It had been rumoured that Green and Vic Darchynian could be featured on a double bill for the fight with Darchynian possibly taking on Nonito Donaire in a rematch for Darchynian’s WBC super-flyweight title. It is estimated that the Green-Jones Jr brought an extra $7m into the economy in Sydney in the week of the event which could be surpassed with a match up with Bernard Hopkins.
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In a seperate matter, Justin Manolikos the CEO of Green Machine promotions spoke to Fightnews about the allegations from Jones Jr’s camp that Danny Green had illegal handwraps in his fight at the Acer Arena on December 2nd. Jones Jr himself and his chief sparring partner Rico Saunders had alleged illegal handwraps this week when they returned to the US and that it had given the Aussie IBO Champion an advantage. He stated, “I have heard these allegations and to be honest its just sour grapes. Danny stopped him fair and square.” Indeed when Green was asked about the allegations he joked, “I must have hit Roy harder than I had thought.”