By Craig Watt
Whilst it was an overcast 60° F/16° C in his hometown of Perth, Western Australia today, former WBA light-heavyweight champion Danny Green faced a 91° F/33° C environment (104° F/40° C factoring in humidity) in his training camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in preparation for his IBO cruiserweight title clash against Argentinean Julio Cesar Dominguez on Saturday. However, this did not deter the 36-year-old Green (26-3, 23 KOs) from turning in an impressive sparring session with former NABA super middleweight champion Anthony Greenidge over eight rounds. Green stated from his US base, “It was over forty degrees over here today in Biloxi and I am sure I lost 4kg in the session. At one point I went out into the car park and shadow boxed in my underpants to cool down.”
He continued, “I have been keeping my fluids up and in great shape for the Dominguez challenge. He reminds me of myself a few years ago and comes forward with aggression and throws powerful punches. It should be a good fight. He will be motivated for his first world title shot and I am motivated to go for my third world title. It doesn’t get much more exciting that this.”
The performance of the “Green Machine” drew praise from 21-year-old Greenidge who stated, “He is a class fighter and has good movement. Most fighters outside the US don’t move their head much but Danny has a swagger about him and has excellent movement. He is thirty six years of age and I am twenty one but he sure is in great shape and shows no signs of ageing. I was really impressed with his work rate and boxing ability. It has been good experience and hopefully our good workout will help Danny secure the IBO Cruiserweight title.”
Green is hoping that a win over Dominguez (20-4-1, 14 KOs) will tempt eight time world champion Roy Jones Jr into a mega fight in Australia in November for the IBO cruiserweight title which is the only missing weight division from middleweight to heavyweight that the legendary Roy Jones Jr has not secured a world title at. If the fight is inked between the two fighters then an outdoor event with a 40,000 crowd capacity is likely, later in 2009 in likely the biggest boxing event in Australian history.
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