Green ad­mits he may have fought last bout

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

IBO cruis­er­weight world cham­pion Danny Green is con­sid­er­ing re­tire­ment as he strug­gles to re­gain full fit­ness fol­low­ing re­cent surgery to re­move his ap­pen­dix.

Green, who un­der­went emer­gency surgery in early Jan­uary af­ter an ab­scess the size of a soft­ball was dis­cov­ered on his ap­pen­dix, has re­sumed light train­ing.

But he re­mains un­sure whether his body could still stand up to the rigours of pro­fes­sional box­ing.

The 37-year-old said there was no time­frame on when he would make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on his fu­ture, say­ing only that he still held out hope of a re­turn to the ring.

‘‘ I’ve just got to wait and see how my body holds up,’’ Green said.

‘‘ The de­sire to fight is there but I re­ally don’t know whether I’ll be able to. ‘‘ The doc­tors have left it up to me. ‘‘ They’ve ad­vised me to just see how I feel and re­ally the ball’s in my court.

‘‘ I’m not go­ing to make any stupid de­ci­sions.

‘‘ If I can go on I’d like to, if I can’t, well then I’m a re­al­ist.

‘‘ I re­alise that it wouldn’t be easy to just walk away from it but I’ll have to do what my body’s telling me to do.

‘‘ I’ve been do­ing a lit­tle bit of work in the gym but I hon­estly don’t know the im­me­di­ate fu­ture of my box­ing ca­reer ...

‘‘( My trainer) An­gelo ( Hy­der) and I are just keep­ing the eye in, do­ing a bit of pad work.

‘‘ I al­ways like to keep phys­i­cally fit as much as I can, but I’m not able to train as much as I have been.

‘‘ I’ve only just started putting a bit of weight on. I’m just go­ing to play it by ear.’’

Al­though Green has been forced to the side­lines, the West Aus­tralian is by no means idle – he’s or­gan­is­ing a Next Gen­er­a­tion fight night at the WA Bas­ket­ball Cen­tre on April 15.

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