By Craig Watt
Current IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green (27-3, 24 KOs) defends his title against eight time world champion Roy Jones Jr in Sydney on December 2nd in what is expected to be the biggest fight in Australian boxing history. The fight appears to have many exciting ingredients and certainly within Australia it is creating a huge demand for tickets with the Acer Arena set to hold 18,000 fans for the fight. Although Roy Jones Jr is the favorite for the bout and has already predicted a stoppage victory many believe the 36-year-old Green from Perth, Western Australia could provide an upset given his punching power at the higher weight that has seen him bring 24 stoppage wins in his 27 wins thus far.
In his last two fights he has shown power in both hands which has been the trademark of his career, seeing the “Green Machine” secure the WBC interim championship at super middleweight in 2003, WBA light heavyweight title in 2007 and winning the IBO cruiserweight title with an impressive stoppage of Argentinean Julio Cesar Dominguez in the fifth round in Memphis in August.
The nationwide press tour in Australia over the last week has seen both Roy Jones Jr and Danny Green meet fans and media in the major cities of Sydney, Perth and Brisbane and there has been a changing atmosphere as the fight draws closer. Roy Jones Jr is high in confidence and has predicted a stoppage win against Green and has already signed to fight Bernard Hopkins in a major PPV fight on HBO in early 2010. Green and his camp believe they are being taken too lightly and it could ultimately backfire on the four weight world champion from Pensacola.
Danny Green spoke to Fightnews this week and gave his version of the upcoming challenge and stated, “You cannot doubt Roy’s achievements in the sport of boxing and he is a fantastic fighter but I do get the feeling they are already looking past me and the announcement of the Bernard Hopkins fight and the timing could indicate they are taking me too lightly and they think it is going to be an easy night. I can tell you now I will be in the best possible shape and roared on by a huge army of fans and they may have under-estimated me. I am seriously pumped for the fight and it will be the biggest occasion in Australian boxing history – I need no added motivation to what is already such a fantastic challenge.”
Green explained that the atmosphere between the two fighters is getting more serious as the fight looms and it isn’t just for the watching media. He added, “People are now starting to see some tension between the two of us and the serious aspects of the fight are just ahead. At the end of the day he is saying he is going to finish me inside the distance in front of my own fans, friends and family here in my own backyard of Australia. This sport is a serious matter and we are getting to the business end of proceedings. What people must see is this is also a big chance for me to show the boxing world my skills and is a huge opportunity for Danny Green – it maybe me who is calling Bernard Hopkins for a fight after we meet on December 2nd in Sydney. I would love to gatecrash the party and turn everything upside down. This fight could open some big doors for me and I will bring a huge amount of determination, power and mongrel to the fight. Don’t under estimate my ability and determination to cause an upset victory.”
Many people feel that the styles and dynamics of the two fighters who will square off for Green’s IBO title lead to a “Banger V Boxer” contest and Danny Green does not disagree, “This fight is a match up of puncher v boxer, however you want to see it. I know I am going to throw a lot of punches and miss a lot and will have to take some punches in the process but my power means that at some point I will connect. When that happens everyone will see that Roy will have a serious fight on his hand. I have respect for what Roy has achieved in the sport but he has two hands, two legs and a chin just like mine. My power is proven and I have a great trainer in Angelo Hyder who will give me the game plan to win.”
After the countrywide press tour finishes this week, Green will team up with Angelo Hyder to devise the game plan in Sydney for the major part of his preparation. Hyder is renowned as one of the most successful trainers in Australia having worked with world champions such as Gairy St. Clair, Vic Darchynian and Sakio Bika in his career plus a host of other successful fighters.
Tickets have already gone on sale for the December 2nd fight in Sydney entitled, “Its On !” and can be bought via Ticketek in Australia and the fight will be shown on a PPV basis via Main Events.