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Green hopes to emulate Fenech

By Craig Watt

When Australian boxer Danny Green (26-3, 23 KOs) takes on Argentinean Julio Cesar Dominguez (20-4, 14 KOs) on August 15th in Biloxi, Mississippi, he has the chance to emulate Australian legend Jeff Fenech by winning three world titles in three weight divisions. The fight with Dominguez is for the vacant IBO cruiserweight title and provides a chance to add to previous world honors as WBA light heavyweight and WBC super middleweight champion. The 36-year-old from Perth, Western Australia is known as the “Green Machine” and is focused on matching Fenech’s achievement. He stated from Biloxi, “To challenge for my third world title at three weights is a major motivating factor for me on Saturday as few Australian fighters have ever achieved this goal. In recent years Jeff Fenech achieved this and if I can beat this tough opponent Dominguez then I will be able to join this elite group. When I set out in boxing all them years ago who would have thought this skinny kid from Australia could become a three weight world champion.”

Jeff Fenech is considered by many Australian boxing fans as one of the country’s best fighters of all time after he won world titles at bantamweight, junior featherweight and featherweight in a career record of (29-3-1, 21 KOs) wins between 1984 and 2008. Amazingly he won his first world title in April 1985 in just his seventh professional fight when he stopped Satoshi Shingaki in nine rounds in Sydney for the IBF bantamweight title. An illustrious career followed winning the WBC junior featherweight and WBC featherweight titles. Only two tough wars with Azumah Nelson prevented the tough Australian winning a fourth world title in four weight divisions at super featherweight. He drew the first fight in Las Vegas in June 1991 and was then stopped inside eight fierce rounds in Melbourne in 1992. For his achievements in boxing Fenech was entered into the Hall of Fame in 2002 in New York.

Ironically, Jeff Fenech was Green’s former trainer for much of his career until they split in 2005. Green was with Fenech when he won the WBC interim title at super middleweight in Canada when he defeated Eric Lucas inside six rounds in 2003. The “Green Machine” then went on to win the WBA light heavyweight title in his hometown of Perth in 2007 when he out pointed Stipe Drews over twelve rounds.

Green showed his power in his last fight, when he came out of retirement to stop rugged South African Anthony Van Nierkirk inside two rounds in April at the Challenge Stadium in Perth. Van Nierkirk could not handle the power of Green’s combination’s and it was a short night’s work and an impressive display from the West Australian.

Green knows that the IBO cruiserweight title represents the “magnet” that could bring the legendary Roy Jones Junior to Australia in 2009 and knows victory is crucial. He added, “It would be fantastic for Australia for the great Roy Jones Jr to come down under later in 2009 and try and win his ninth world title and add the only weight category that has eluded him in his great career so far which could be my IBO cruiserweight title. This will all be irrelevant however if I don’t take care of business against Dominguez and Roy doesn’t take care of business against Jeff Lacy. Dominguez is the only priority on my mind at the present time.”

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