By Craig Watt
IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green spoke to Fightnews today from his base in Perth, Western Australia and issued a direct challenge to arch rival Anthony Mundine. He stated, “I want the world to know this is no gimmick. This is a real offer – no B.S. I will come to Mundine’s backyard in Sydney and take him on in April on ANZAC Day . This is the biggest fight in Australian boxing history and after our first fight there is no other fight the fans want to see in our country. We have tried to bring Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver to Australia but neither seem to want the challenge – perhaps they have been put off by what I did to Roy Jones Jr back in December. We offered good money to both these guys but now it is time to move on. The reason I came out of retirement was Mundine was calling me out for a re-match but he has been ducking me ever since. He has to accept this challenge if he wants to retain any boxing credibility in Australia or he should leave the country with his tale between his legs.”
He continued, “The offer is open for Mundine to call us tomorrow – we will fax the contract over and its all done. It cannot be any easier than that to complete.”
The details of the financial split of the offer were also discussed.
“We offer to split all the income from the fight on a 45-45 basis with 10% being put into a foundation to help Indigenous young Australians which I know Anthony Mundine is very passionate about and this will provide benefit to many young people as a consequence of this boxing match. We both have a chance under these terms to put something back into the Australian community.This is a unique offer in world boxing to help people less fortunate that ourselves.”
“This figure could be hundreds of thousands of dollars or if the fight gains all the public attention I think this could then this figure donated to the foundation could be over a million dollars. Let’s help these kids by getting the fight on and give the Australian boxing public what they want.”
The first fight between the two was held in 2006 in Australia and drew a live gate in excess of 30,000 fans with Mundine winning a unanimous decision but Green admitted he was weight drained for the fight.
“I had to starve myself to get down to the super-middleweight limit for that fight and had nothing left in the tank by the time I got in the ring. Mundine won that night but I want a chance to have a re-match and show the real Danny Green. I will put my IBO cruiserweight title on the line or even come down a little in weight.”
“Mundine recently stated he would fight me at heavyweight he was so convinced he could beat me again – so now its time to put those words into action. Rather than starve himself down to Middleweight he can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and be in the best shape of his life to take me on. I boiled down to 168 pounds for our first fight and suffered but now no one has to suffer.”
Green added, “He also has a chance to get revenge for his friend Roy Jones Jr who I destroyed in 122 seconds in front of his eyes. He was on the front row for that fight and he was visibly devastated by the nature of the defeat. Now is a chance for him to take revenge.”
When asked about the upcoming Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr rematch he commented, “How can we take this fight seriously when Roy Jones was destroyed and annihilated inside a round by me in December. The only credible fight was the winner-me to take on Hopkins but I don’t think Hopkins wanted the fight in the end.”
“We bent over backwards to try and ink the fight with Hopkins but every time we got close they move the goalposts. Initially me and Bernard agreed over the phone a 50-50 spilt and he was happy with this. He then wanted all the HBO TV money and we relented to letting him have an extra $1m above the 50-50 split but then he decided to go with the Roy Jones Jr fight. This fight has little credibility – in boxing you usually fight the man that beat the man, not the man that got knocked out in 122 seconds.”
The former three weight world champion Green concluded, “Mundine must know this fight has to happen – he has to rise to the challenge, earn a major purse to guarantee his own family future and help many young Indigenous Australians. There is nowhere to hide with this offer –make the call tomorrow and my team will have the contract ready to sign. This is no gimmick and I am deadly serious to continue the momentum of Australian boxing. Since our last fight four years ago a lot has happened and we are both better fighters and won a few more belts and both in our prime. Let’s give the Australian public what they want. I am prepared to put my reputation on the line and Mundine should do the same. As they say in boxing – Let’s Get It On !”