By Craig Watt
Former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion Danny Green (25-3, 22 KO’s) announced today that he will return to the ring in his hometown of Perth, Western Australia on April 26th at the Challenger Stadium. He will take on 35 year old South African light-heavyweight Anthony van Niekerk (21-6-2, 13 KO’s) in the first fight of his comeback. Green has not fought since December 2007 when he outpointed Croatia’s Stipe Drews to win the WBA 175 pound title. Despite 16 months out of the ring the 36 year old Green has kept in good shape and this fight is the first of three bouts before he takes on former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion and current WBA#1 ranked middleweight Anthony Mundine(35-3, 24 KO’s) in a revenge grudge match of their 2006 fight which should be one of Australia’s richest fights in history, planned for the 40,000 seat Subiaco Oval, Perth, Western Australia in early 2010.
Mundine is set to face IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale on the 27th May at a venue to be confirmed in Australia as both fighters continue a path to a major collision.
Anthony van Nierkerk is 4-4 in his last eight fights and comes off a sixth round stoppage win over Emmanuel Duma in November 2008 in Johannesburg. He has only fought outside of his native South Africa once in 2002 when he was beaten on points by Andras Galfi for the IBO inter-continental middleweight title over twelve rounds.