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Green vs Tarver is on!

 

By Brett Bonetti

 

IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (31 wins/3 losses) will put his world title on the line when he steps onto the canvas to face former light-heavyweight world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (28 wins/6 loses) at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, July 20. Green is returning to the boxing ring after he had an operation to remove his appendix and a large abscess the size of a softball after suffering severe stomach cramps whilst holidaying down south with family over Christmas and the New Year period that threatened to end his career, however the 38 year-old West Australian declared he is fighting fit and ready for the biggest challenge of his career.

 

“This has been a long process, but I’m elated today to announce that Green Machine Promotions is bringing another big name in world boxing to our shores for what is certain to be the biggest boxing event of the year” Green said at today’s press conference.

 

“Antonio Tarver has been a dominant force in the light heavyweight and heavyweight division for more than decade and has fought the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Glen Johnson, Chad Dawson and Roy Jones Jr.

 

“He is a big guy with an impressive knock out ratio and I’m not changing my style so I think fans are in for one hell of a show” Green said.

Green’s trainer, Angelo Hyder said that Green was now hitting his peak as a boxer as shown in his win over BJ Flores in November, but Tarver was going to be Green’s toughest opponent to prepare for.

 

Tarver is a multiple world champion at the light heavyweight division and famously became the first man to knock out Roy Jones Jr in 2005.

 

Like Jones Jr this will be Tarver’s first professional fight outside the US, however the 42 year-old is confident he is the power and skill to do what no man has done before, knock out Danny Green.

 

“Danny is a knock-out specialist, but he has to remember that I was the first person to knock out Roy Jones Jr way back in 2005.” Tarver said via satellite from Orlando at today’s press conference.

 

“I think a lot of people over here underestimate Danny, but you can all rest assure that come July I’m not only going to finish Danny Green but I’m gonna put on a show that you won’t forget”.

 

“He’s gonna bring it, I’m gonna bring it … Danny’s bringing the pain, I’m bringing the pain.”

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I actually like the idea of Tarver as a Cruiser, but with him being 42 and Green 38, it's hard not to think of this as being a fight that will decide little other than eliminate one or the other from the game. With Green's major surgery and (IMO) Tarver having the better skills anyway (even though they might be dust covered), I think he should be able to outbox Green and win a decision, even in Australia. If not, then we say goodbye to Tarver and he returns to the Showtime Mic, which is where I like him better than in the Ring anyway.
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I actually like the idea of Tarver as a Cruiser, but with him being 42 and Green 38, it's hard not to think of this as being a fight that will decide little other than eliminate one or the other from the game. With Green's major surgery and (IMO) Tarver having the better skills anyway (even though they might be dust covered), I think he should be able to outbox Green and win a decision, even in Australia. If not, then we say goodbye to Tarver and he returns to the Showtime Mic, which is where I like him better than in the Ring anyway.

 

I agree, Tarver has been a very refreshing change behind the microphone. I like the way he doesnt go over the top, and always offers some interesting insight.

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My instincts tell me to bash Green for fighting another old, shopworn fighter. But he's coming back from injury and Tarver really had nowhere to go.

 

On onehand I'd like to see Green bash up Tarver but then would be happy if Tarver gave him a boxing lesson.

 

Danny Green is in my Steve Collins box - beats names once they are past their sell by date. Tarver was a man in the right place at the right time.

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Very interesting bout. I think the build up to the fight will be interesting too considering Tarver has a big mouth and Green has a no nonsense attitude. Not quite sure who would be favourite in this bout. Tarver has the most experience and bigger wins but then Green has the better recent record. However, Green has just had major surgery. I'm not even sure Green should be fighting again to be honest but if doctors say he's fit then i guess he must be.
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