By Craig Watt
IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green (29-3, 26 KO’s) will defend his title against fellow Australian Paul Briggs (26-3, 18 KO’s) on July 21st at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, New South Wales. The 37 year old Green will be making the third defence of the title he won in the US from Argentinean Julio Cesar Dominguez in August 2009 with a fifth round stoppage.
The 35 year old Briggs comes out of retirement for this fight with his last fight being a twelve round points win over Rupert Van Aswegan in February 2007, over three years ago. He retired due to a problem with his nervous system which is now sorted after specialists found an adrenal gland disorder and treated it successfully. He has spent much of his retirement as a boxing commentator for Fox Sports and was a trainer in the recent Australian Contender series. He holds two split decision losses to Poland’s Thomasz Adamek in 2005 and 2006 for the WBC light-heavyweight title, dropping the Pole in the second fight in an exciting bout.
IBO Champion Green knocked out Roy Jones Junior in 122 seconds in Sydney in December 2009 for the biggest win of his career but despite lucrative offers to entice Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver to Australia Team Green have settled to ink a lucrative domestic match up with one of Austrlalia’s most popular fighters in recent years.