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Hopkins on Green’s hit list

By Brett Bonetti

Danny Green is totally focused on his fight with Antonio Tarver on July 20 in Sydney Australia. However, Green could have Bernard Hopkins in his sights after the “Executioner” became the oldest champion in boxing history with his victory over the 28-year-old Jean Pascal to claim the WBC Light Heavyweight title in Montreal on the weekend. Green must first defend his IBO cruiserweight title against former light-heavyweight champion Tarver but acknowledged yesterday that a fight against Hopkins would be scooped up by American TV giant HBO. “If I can defeat Tarver, HBO in America would love to put that fight on,” Green said yesterday. “Hopkins and I have history.”

As recently as last year, the Green Machine whose belt will be on the line against Tarver was negotiating to fight Hopkins after Green had blasted out Roy Jones Jr in Round 1 in December 2009. Instead, Hopkins decided to take on Jones Jr, who he beat easily on points.

Green’s trainer Angelo Hyder emphasised that opportunities should happen if Green defeats Tarver.

Hyder said “If things work out, Greeny could get over to Madison Square Garden and Vegas and those kinds of fights,”

Even though the WBC Light Heavyweight champion seems to have plans for his next two fights, Green Machine Boxing seems optimistic a fight against Hopkins could be negotiated.

A fight for Green against Denis Lebedev who is trained by Kostya Tszyu is not likely after Lebedev knocked out Roy Jones jr on the weekend.

Tszyu suggested his fighter’s next challenge should be against Green. “I think the fans would love to see that fight,” Tszyu said.

But Green dismissed the suggestion and said: “When you are looking at fighting Antonio Tarver, who is a superstar, and then there’s the potential to be on HBO in the United States as a main event in a monster of a fight against Bernard Hopkins, why would you look at Lebedev? I think there’s much bigger fish to fry.”

Meanwhile, The Green Machine had uploaded a video on YouTube showing part of his training regime, with the title: “I’m coming for you Antonio!”

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