By Craig Watt
Roy Jones Junior landed at Sydney airport on Sunday and was greeted by an army of fans and media ahead of his December 2nd challenge at the Acer Arena against Australian Danny Green for the IBO Cruiserweight Title. As soon as he arrived he was ready to talk boxing and showed great confidence in his upcoming fight. He stated, “There is no way this fight is going the distance – no way. I have too much to bring to the table for this fight to go to the scorecards. I will win by knockout and that is for sure. I am glad to be in this great country of Australia and I know how proud they are of Danny Green but I am in the fight zone now and the fight will not go the distance. Speed, power, boxing ability – I just have too much.”
Tickets sales for the bout at the 18,000 Acer Arena have been selling well and have topped the 12,000 mark with two weeks to go until the fight. It is expected that some 3,000 fans will fly from Perth, the home of IBO champion Danny Green to see their local hero take on the former eight time world boxing champion.
Roy Jones Jr is attempting to take the IBO Cruiserweight title from Green and become the first fighter in boxing history to win titles at every weight class from middleweight to heavyweight in his illustrious career. This fight is his first bout outside his native United States and it is reported that the New South Wales Government have paid him a basic $3m for the fight widely anticipated to break all box office records in Australian boxing history.
The fight will be shown in Australia on PPV via Main Events from 7pm AEDT on December 2nd and in the build up for the next two weeks they will be showing past fights of both Jones and Green to attract viewers for the bout.
With Danny Green, himself a three weight world champion also predicting a knockout victory last week the build up to the fight on December 2nd in the iconic Olympic Park venue of the Acer Arena should be interesting. The 36 year old Green is the former WBC Super middleweight, WBA light-heavyweight and reigning IBO Cruiserweight champion and many believe his increased punching power at the higher weight could prove decisive and a shock win for the highly popular Australian fighter.