What’s next for the winners in the Green/Santiago card?
Following Danny Green’s fifth round TKO of American Danny Santiago on Wednesday night in Perth, The ‘Green Machine’ kept quiet on what lies in his immediate boxing future. He did, however, forecast some relaxation time away from the ring.
“I’m just going to relax,” said Green. “I’ve worked my ass off.”
If Green does decide to fight on after a successful drop in weight, there have been two potential world title fights mentioned for the 39-year-old Australian.
Here are my thoughts on who the main card winners should fight next.
Next Opponent: Nathan Cleverly or Beibut Shumenov
Surely his next fight has to be for the world title?
During the kick-off press conference last month, Green told the media that a win over Santiago would mean that potential fights between Green and other Light Heavyweight world champions would be considered.
The two that have been talked about are against Welshman Nathan Cleverly and against current WBA champion, Beibut Shumenov. Kazakhstan born Shumenov beat Danny Santiago when they met last year and a last chance fight between him and Green, preferably in the States, would be a perfect fight for Green, which could potentially be his last.
It all remains to be seen what Green decides to do next, but for the meantime he has a few options open to him.
Next Opponent: Daniel Ammann
Cronje came into his fight against Oscar Siale, with his next fight booked. On September seven he will take on Daniel Ammann for the Australian Cruiserweight title.
It was a tough fight for the West Australian, who returned to the winners circle after losing his previous fight to Mosese Sorovi. Siale started the fight stronger and was catching Cronje with crisp and cleaner shots, but in the middle rounds Cronje worked his way back into the fight and started to find his range.
In the 10th and final round Cronje hurt Siale, landing bombs and with seconds remaining the fight was waved away.
His upcoming fight with Ammann promises to be a cracker. The chances are that someone will get knocked out.
Next Opponent: Billel Dib
Matt Garlett wasted no time knocking out Hwi-Jong Kim in the second round. It was the second time Garlett has beaten Kim, after winning a decision against him in April.
Garlett was due to face Dib two weeks ago for the Australian Super Featherweight tile but pulled out to fight on the Danny Green undercard. It would make sense for him to challenge the now Australian champion, after Hwi-Jong Kim stepped in for Garlett in Campsie before backing up last night in Perth.
Although Dib didn’t get a stoppage over Kim, expect his fight against Garlett to be much closer, as Kim backed up just 12 days later.
Next Opponent: Jack Brubaker
Talented Western Australian amateur, Brandon Ogilvie, had a perfect transition into the pro ranks, stopping Kayne Chapman in round three of their undercard fight.
Ogilvie made short work of his taller opponent
A potential fight that would be a great test for Ogilvie is against another talented amateur who has recently joined the paid ranks as well. 20-year-old New South Welshman Jack Brubaker made the switch earlier this year and is 2-0 in the Light Welterweight division.
A match-up between the two would be an interesting fight.