By Craig Watt
IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green (28-3, 25 KO’s) and challenger Manny Siaca (22-6, 19 KO’s) met today at the final press conference in Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia. Both fighters were confident of victory but the 37 year old “Green Machine” was reflective on what happened to Roy Jones Jr when they met in December at the Acer Arena. He stated, “I will not be taking Manny Siaca lightly and will not make the same mistake Roy Jones made with me. He underestimated me because he was looking forward to his next fight with Bernard Hopkins and was distracted and totally under estimated me. The result was he got knocked out. I cannot fall into that trap and I am totally focussed on defeating Siaca in front of all my fans in Perth. I will not be thinking about the next fight until I have defeated my challenger and that is all that is on my mind.”
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Siaca, the former WBA 168 pound title holder was also confident and stated, “I have not come to make up the numbers and will give this title shot my best effort- I am confident I will be the victor and I am also confident I can knock him out. I know Danny will be roared on by all of his fans but I am used to fighting in the opponent’s den. It does not phase me, rather it will bring the best out in me.”
The fight is seen as a “homecoming” match for the popular Green and ticket sales for the capacity 5,500 Challenge Stadium were sold out inside two hours of going on sale.
Green added, “ I am really happy that the West Australian government helped support this fight in Perth – my fans and supporters deserve a great night of boxing and I won’t let them down. People are under estimating the challenge Siaca brings – he is saying he will come to me and be in my face for a fight and that will make it a good fight for the fans. Me and Angelo Hyder have trained for a good hard twelve rounds but I have power in both hands and I am not prepared to let all my fans down. It could be a short night, it could be a long night, but either way I am prepared to go to war. It should be an exciting night of boxing on Wednesday.”
Siaca has only fought six times in six years since he defeated Green’s rival Anthony Mundine in 2004 for the WBA super-middleweight title but looked in good shape and positive mind. He added, “Although I have not had many fights in the last few years, this has been mainly due to promotional problems but at the same time I have kept in the gym and kept in shape. I have trained hard for this fight and I am in great physical shape to take this opportunity. I am from a proud boxing heritage in Puerto Rico and we all know how to fight and box. I am confident of victory on Wednesday.
The fight can be seen on Main Events PPV in Australia on Wednesday from 5.30 AET.