Machine ready for revenge
DANNY Green has been hoping every day since May 17, 2006, that he can reverse the worst setback of his life.
Green has won 35 professional fights and lost five — but it’s his loss to Anthony Mundine that still spurs him to push himself to his limits at 43.
Almost 11 years after Mundine outboxed him at Sydney Football Stadium before a crowd of 30,000, they clash again at Adelaide Oval on February 3. Green wishes the fight was tomorrow.
“I just want to get in there and get my hands on him,” he said this week.
Green was just as confident before their first fight, but lost decisively over 12 rounds. He’s a hot favourite to win the rematch, but he knows that anything can happen in boxing.
Has it crossed his mind that he might lose the rematch too?
“We’ll, I’d be lying if I said no,” he admitted. “Choc (Mundine) is a fierce competitor, a gifted athlete.”
But then Green went on the attack again, citing the “damage” done to Mundine in his last three fights — losses Joshua Clottey and Charles Hatley and a narrow win over Sergey Rabchenko.
“Before the bell goes, Choc might be thinking he’s still got too much speed for me, and that’s well and good, but he can’t forget the fact that when I land a hammer in his face — which I will, again and again — his speed won’t compensate,” he said. “It will not be able to override the fact that he can’t withstand punishment like he could in 2006.”
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