By Craig Watt
IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green and challenger Paul Briggs were angry today that the New South Wales Sports Combat Authority have refused to allow the 35 year old Briggs to fight in Sydney under their jurisdiction for their planned 21st July bout, just two weeks before the planned bout at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Paul Briggs (26-3, 18 KO’s) has not fought since a twelve round decision win over Rupert van Aswegan in February 2007. The official reason from chairman of the boxing authority Terry Hartmann was outlined this afternoon. He stated, “Briggs failed to provide the medical evidence that the specialist sports doctor advised the authority should be obtained for this fight and in addition the request for a couple of warm up fights first was just ignored on a number of occasions.”
Briggs countered the arguments by stating, “I had a full MRI scan in February and everything was fine with no issues and they want me to have more tests ? These tests require me to submit radiation to my body and why ? Because these Wankers want to deem that I am fit to fight. if I am not fit to fight, then why has the bout been sanctioned by the IBO as a world title fight – they are happy with me and my physical condition. I am so angry and I would love them to line up infront of me and take them all on and then face Danny Green at the end of the queue. I am so angry with this right now.”
IBO champion Danny Green added, “This is about petty officialdome and someone really insignificant in this sport having a say and able to have a bearing to what goes on. I think it is disgraceful and its unfair and there is an injustice here. They should be lopping heads of people in that organisation and put the right people in the job.”
The fight will now take place at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia on the same date of July 21st and telelvised on a PPV basis in Australia on Main Events.