By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (28-3, 25 KOs) scored a major upset when he stopped boxing legend Roy Jones Jr (54-6, 40 KOs) in round one moments ago at the Acer Arena, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Green was the aggressor from the opening bell and connected with two solid left hands and a right cross to the temple that dropped Jones. The referee Howard Foster crowned Green at 2:02 to save Jones from further punishment when he was in no condition to defend himself. Green thanked his boxing team for helping him to achieve his greatest ring victory. Jones congratulated Green on his victory. Green’s devastating win likely torpedoed Jones’ planned rematch with Bernard Hopkins, who fights Enrique Ornelas tonight in Philadelphia. Maybe the door is now open for Green to face Hopkins.
WBO #14 jr welterweight Steven Wills (13-0-2, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over veteran Chad Bennett (24-4-3, 16 KOs) to capture the vacant IBO Asia Pacific title. Bennett, 36 years, was hurt in round one when southpaw Wills connected with a power left cross. Wills dropped Bennett in round three and twice in round four at which point referee Garry Dean crowned Wills at :42.
Former Australian junior lightweight champion Will Tomlinson (10-0-1, 10 KOs) was impressive in scoring a third round knockout over experienced American Verquan Kimbrough (21-2-3, 7 KOs) of Pittsburgh. Tomlinson hurt the import in round two when he connected with a hard left hook to the head — and in round three a left hook/right hand combination dropped Verquan for the full ten count at 2:07 of the round. Verquan boxed a daw with former world rated Michael Clarke in 2008. Tomlinson has worked as a sparring partner to Manny Pacquaio. He is trained by NSW amateur flyweight champion Lincoln Hudson and managed by Fidel Tukel at the BHS gym in Blacktown, Sydney
In a two-man war, WBO #8 light middleweight Ryan Waters (18-2-2, 11 KOs) boxed a draw with former Australian champion Tui Leveni (9-2-1, 6KOs) over six rounds. Waters and Leveni went shoulder to shoulder in a bout that had both boxers on unsteady legs. Waters was dropped by a left hook in round six but survived to hear the final bell. Scores: Charlie Lucas 57-57, Gary Dean 58-55, John Gauchi 57-59
Light heavyweight Rayco Saunders (17-12-2, 7 KOs) from Pittsburgh USA scored a seven round points victory over Walter Pupu’a (11-5, 8 KOs) of Samoa. Saunders stepped up a gear and connected with solid head and body punches in rounds five and six, then had Pupu’a in trouble in round seven. Scores: Charlie Lucas 69-64, Gary Dean 69-64, Brian McMahon 69-65
Lightweight Sedat Tasci (5-1-3, 2 KOs) of Turkey suffered cut over the left eye in round three from an accidental head clash in his scheduled six round contest against Rey Anton Olarte (8-12-3) of the Philippines. The doctor inspected the cut and ruled it too severe to continue at 1:14 of the third round. The result being a technical draw.
Promoter was Green Machine Promotions.