By Brett Bonetti
Photos: Grant Lauterbach
Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-5, 27 KOs) and Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago (31-5-1, 27 KOs) held a final press conference at Challenge Stadium in Perth Australia today ahead of their fight this Wednesday 25th July. In what will be his last fight in his hometown of Perth, Green says he’s feeling fresher than ever ahead of the catch weight 185lb meeting against Santiago. “My speed, my power and my movement is as good as it’s ever been,” Green said.
Green with Trainer Angelo Hyder and Ray Franklin has purposely taken a lighter approach with this training camp to ease the burden on his body. “We’ve approached it far more intelligently, we haven’t hammered my body so much in training camp. Angelo and I have learned that later on in my career, the longer it goes, my body responds to less work and hard work at the right times, I’m a hard worker. It’s what I’ve forged my career on,” Green said.
Santiago said he has come to Perth to beat Danny Green and that he had “settled in now” following the near 40 hour plane trip from Florida due to a medical emergency on his way to Perth.
“I came here to spoil his last fight in his home town, this is his home town, this guy’s born and bred here,” Santiago said.
The Bronx Bomber said he was very mindful of the challenge of silencing the Perth fans.
“If he was going to go to the Bronx or Florida it’d probably be a different story. I welcome it all, I thrive on that, and may the best man win!” Santiago said. “When I signed the contract I knew where I was coming, I didn’t have a fantasy that people were going to cheer for me. If this is his last fight, then I’ve come here to spoil his last fight in his home town. That’s just the nature of the game.” Santiago added.
Green and Santiago were very respectful to each other during the presser.
“There’s no animosity, there’s no disrespect, I don’t have to dislike this guy to try and knock him unconscious,” Green said. “I’ll do whatever it takes on Wednesday night to do that and I’m sure he’s exactly the same. But until the bell goes there’s nothing but respect, I’m not going to try and scare the man, I can’t scare him, he’s a professional, he’s been fighting his whole life, and he can’t scare me, so I’m not going to say anything stupid, the other stuff we’ll leave to the circus acts, this is the real world, and this is where real men fight,” Green stated.
“I second that,” Santiago said.
When asked if there is a possibility that this would not be his last fight in Perth, Green replied “What goes up must come down. Everything’s got to come to an end. I’m 39-years-old and I don’t want to fight past my ‘use by’ date. My form in this preparation still suggests I’m not fighting past my ‘use by’ date, but I know I can’t do it forever and I want to leave this game hopefully on top of my game,” Green said.
Green vs Santiago, promoted by Green Machine Boxing, takes place Wednesday July 25 at Challenge Stadium, Perth Australia.