Ma­chine ready for re­venge

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport - GRANTLEE KIEZA

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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