By Craig Watt
When Australian boxer Danny Green (26-3, 23 KOs) takes on Argentinean Julio Cesar Dominguez (20-4, 14 KOs) on August 15th in Biloxi, Mississippi, he has the chance to join an elite club of boxers who have won world titles at three different weights. The fight with Dominguez is for the vacant IBO cruiserweight title and provides a chance to add to previous world honors as WBA light heavyweight and WBC super middleweight champion. The 36-year-old from Perth, Western Australia is known as the “Green Machine” and relishes the challenge that lies await in his trip to the US and the incentive not only to win the IBO cruiserweight title but also entice Roy Jones Jr to Melbourne in November in which many predict will be the biggest fight in Australian boxing history.
He stated today, “This is a big fight for me, not only to win a third world title at three different weights but also to look impressive in the USA and show the fans what a great fight could happen with Roy Jones Jr, later in 2009. If I don’t beat Dominguez and Roy doesn’t beat Jeff Lacy there will be no mega fight in Australia later in the year. It is down to me and Roy to win and win in style and bring the biggest revenue fight in Australian history. The pressure is on but I am a fighter who relishes the challenge. I went to Canada to beat Eric Lucas for the WBC interim super middleweight title and I fought in Las Vegas in 2002 so the traveling doesn’t phase me. I am totally motivated and focused to win my third world title on August 18th.”
The 32-year-old Dominguez, from Buenos Aries in Argentina is a relatively unknown opponent outside his native country, but with 14 KO’s from his 20 wins, he packs a big right hand which he used to good effect when he stopped fancied prospect Claudio Sergion Palacio in his last fight inside four rounds in May. Many predict the action could be short and explosive as Green also has 23 KO’s in his 26 wins to date. He showed his power in his last fight, when he came out of retirement to stop rugged South African Anthony Van Nierkirk inside two rounds in April at the Challenge Stadium in Perth. Van Nierkirk could not handle the power of Green’s combination and it was a short night’s work and an impressive display from the West Australian.
Although 36-years-of-age, the “Green Machine” feels invigorated by his physical condition and tutorage by experienced trainer Angelo Hyder. He stated, “I am training over in Parammatta, near Sydney under the guidance of Angelo and he is bringing the best out in me. He is a top trainer and is making me more relaxed inside the ring with the effect that I am unleashing more power. Although I am 36-years-of-age I live a clean life outside the ring and have always been in good shape, even when I was in retirement. I am training better because I am using my head and many years of experience and fitness and nutrition are a key part of my routine.”
When asked about the credentials of Dominguez he stated, “I have seen some tapes of him and he is a banger with power in both hands. I am not underestimating him but I am confident I have too much experience and too much power for him. He will be highly motivated though. It is a chance to break into the big time and spoil the party as well as win his first world title. I remember when I fought Eric Lucas and I was so motivated as it was my big chance to win a world title and I took it with both hands and it gave me an extra 10% just for the fact I was on a world stage. Dominguez will be the same and I under estimate him and what he can do at my peril. Myself and Angelo have a number of solid game plans and we are confident, not arrogant we can add the IBO cruiserweight title to the cabinet. It will be a good fight and I can’t see it going the distance.”
When quizzed about the long standing rivalry with Anthony Mundine he is still confident a re-match of their 2006 bout can take place but was still cautious. He stated, “At the moment I am moving up to cruiserweight, and “Choc” has moved back down to middleweight, so we are going in opposite directions and I cannot control his career and his direction. All I know is that he called me out for 12 months when I was in retirement and then when I came out of retirement to set the rematch up, he ran in the opposite direction. He is a shrewd businessman however, and he knows, and I know that this is the biggest revenue generator for him and that is why I am confident that this will happen someday. The Australian fans want the fight and perhaps after I have beaten Roy Jones I can get revenge with Mundine. It makes sense for everyone, but at this moment in time we are going in opposite directions and I cannot control that. My focus is 100% on Dominguez, nothing else.”
Overall, Danny Green has a chance to enter into an elite boxing club with a win in Biloxi on August 18th but perhaps the biggest prize of all lies with Roy Jones Jr and a mega fight in Melbourne in November 2009. Julio Cesar Dominguez stands in his way, which could be a big hurdle and, with both noted as big punchers the clash for the IBO cruiserweight title could be one to remember.