By Brett Bonetti
Photos: Grant Lauterbach
Three Time World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (32-5, 28 KOs) recorded a stunning 5th round TKO victory American Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago (31-6-1, 27 KOs) at Challenge Stadium Perth Australia tonight.
In his last fight in his home town of Perth, Green dominated and looked very comfortable at the lighter weight against the Bronx Bomber who found it hard to handle the power and speed of the Green Machine.
After a tentative beginning Green caught Santiago with a nice left hook and took control of the bout in the opening two rounds.
In round 3 Green caught Santiago with a nice combination to have him an off balance as Santiago’s glove touched the canvas. It appeared referee Brad Vocale initially called it a slip, but after he gave Santiago the correct standing 8 count, Santiago has a good moment and landed a good blow to Green before the round ended.
Santiago was down twice in Round 4, Green first landed a great body shot that sent Santiago down, and towards the end of the round Green sent Santiago down again with a left hook that had Santiago almost rolling out of the ring. It looked as if the fight was going to be over at that point, but Santiago bravely got up to continue the fight and the bell sounded to end the round.
The end came in the next round with a flurry of punches from Green that had Santiago hurt and sending him to the canvas for the fourth and final time with referee Vocale waving off the fight at 2:47 of Round 5.
Santiago was tough, but Green’s speed and power punches proved to be too strong in the end.
When asked about his future, Green said “I’m just going to relax”
“I’ve worked my ass off and persevered and hung in there, and I’ve done it for you guys.” Green said recognising his vocal home crowd.
Green also applauded Santiago, who never gave up and kept getting up and throwing punches.
“I’ve knocked some people out, you should have been asleep with some of the shots you took tonight, you’re one tough hombre.” Green said.
Santiago was all class and gracious in defeat.
“I know it is your last fight in Perth but I hope it is not your last fight,” Santiago said.
“I went again the best, if I am going to lose, I want to lose against the best, Danny Green is the best”
“I have been hit before with punches from world champions like Jermain Taylor and Tavoris Cloud and I walked right through them, those guys do not hit as hard a Danny Green. Danny Green is the hardest puncher I have ever faced” Santiago said.
In other results Pieter Cronje defeated Oscar Siale via TKO in Round 10. In an entertaining fight Siale started the fight stronger and was catching Cronje with crisp and cleaner shots, but in the middle rounds Cronje worked his way back into the fight and started to find his range as Siale was tiring. In the 10th and final round Cronje hurt Siale and was landing Bombs and with seconds remaining in the fight Siale with hit with another huge right and referee Gary Ingraham waved it off and in doing so made the perfect stoppage as one more hit could have had Siale in big trouble.
Matt Garlett scored a sensational KO victory over Hwi Jong Kim in Round 2, Wes Capper def David Galvin via 2nd round TKO, Brandon Ogilvie defeated Kayne Chapman via TKO in Round 3.
Alex James defeated Shane Quinn via split decision. (There was some confusion in the ring after this fight as the result was originally announced as victory for Quinn) Scores were 37-38, 38-36, 38-36 for James.
And in the first fight of the night, Jeremy Van Diemen def Jason Lord via TKO, Round 2.
Danny Green vs Danny Santiago was promoted by Green Machine Boxing on Wednesday July 25 at Challenge Stadium, Perth Australia.