By Craig Watt
Former WBA 168 pound champion Manny Siaca (22-6, 19KO’s) has arrived in Australia for his IBO Cruiserweight Title fight with Australian Danny Green on April 14th at the Challenge Stadium, Perth and is in a confident mood. The 36 year old from Puerto Rico has been training at Anthony Mundine’s Gym in Sydney and predicted a victory inside the distance yesterday, “I have not come to Australia to make up the numbers-I plan to win and win by knockout. We have three Australian judges and there is no way I am going to get a decision so it is up to me to knock him out and then we don’t need the judges.”
This is the second visit of Siaca to Australia after he won the WBA super-middleweight title in 2004 by dropping and then outscoring Anthony Mundine over twelve rounds at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Siaca has since become friends with Mundine and he has allowed the Puerto Rican to use his gym which he appreciates. He added, “It is great for Anthony to let me use his gym. I know the rivalry that Green and Mundine have and whilst I am seen as a stepping stone to a potential rematch I aim to spoil the party and make it a 2-0 scoreline over these Aussie rivals. I will defeat Danny Green in his backyard and take home the IBO title.”
The bout at the Challenge Stadium is seen as Green’s “homecoming” after his defeat of Roy Jones Jr inside a round in December in Sydney. The West Australian is an overwhelming favourite with Siaca only completing six fights in the six years since the Mundine fight, his last fight stopping George Klinesmith inside a round in March 2009 in Puerto Rico.