Boxer Green wins title with broken ribs

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    Newly-crowned boxing world champion Danny Green revealed he was forced to fight for the title against Kiwi Shane Cameron with broken ribs.

    The veteran Australian won the International Boxing Organisation cruiserweight world champion title after overcoming Cameron in an old-school brawl at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena.

    The victory was Green’s fourth world title with a unanimous points decision; reclaiming the IBO crown that he lost last year to American Antonio Tarver, who was later stripped for doping, which left the belt vacant.

    The 39-year-old said it was one of the best moments of his long and tumultuous career.

    Green revealed post-fight that a body blow by Cameron re-injured his ribs in the first round, and he endured the 12-round war struggling for breath.

    He said he almost called the fight off when he suffered the injury during sparring just over a month ago.

    “He broke them again in round one,” Green said.

    “Breathing out is difficult … but if that’s what it takes to be a world champion you suck it up and deal with it.”

    He said Cameron picked up on the injury and tagged it throughout.

    The West Australian, who is still considering whether to box on or retire again, showed he still had the speed and firepower to outclass his bigger opponent.

    The three judges scored the fight 119-109, 116-112 and 116-113.

    Green’s record is now 33-5 after 11 years in the game.

    From Auckland, natural heavyweight Cameron had to shed almost eight kilos to make the catch-weight of 89kg – under the regulation cruiserweight mark of 90.7.

    After sending American Monte Barrett to the canvas in spectacular fashion in his last start, Cameron was expected to bully Green but the Green Machine had his measure.

    Cameron’s hefty weight loss didn’t appear to affect his stamina and he continued to stand up in the face of some heavy blows from Green, while landing a few himself.

    Green said his experience was key as he was able to adapt.

    “I didn’t plan to stand toe to toe as much but that’s just the way it happened.

    “I was experienced enough to adapt.

    “I’m very proud to have won my fourth world title in a hell of a school scrap, a rough and tumble kind of a brawl against a banger and tough coin.”

    The Australian didn’t believe Cameron was disadvantaged by the big weight loss.

    “We out-muscled and out-belted a big man, he’s No.9 heavyweight in the world,” he said.

    “I jumped on him and I shocked him.”

    Trailing on points with only a round to go, the only way Cameron was going to become the first New Zealand-born professional boxer in more than a century to win a world title was a knock-out but Green was never going to let that happen.

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    • November 22nd 2012 @ 5:53am
      Cameron Smith said | November 22nd 2012 @ 5:53am | ! Report

      Danny, have followed you for about 10 years, highs and lows, now you are well on top with 4 belts, don’t do what so many do, go out on top pal.


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      November 22nd 2012 @ 7:30am
      steve b said | November 22nd 2012 @ 7:30am | ! Report

      Was their something wrong with Camerons right hand , he threw so little rights one would have to wonder whether or not he damaged it again early in the fight . I was expecting more from Cameron but he seemed like he had one hand tied behind his back . Green won but i think retirement should be high on his agenda ..

      • November 22nd 2012 @ 10:53am
        Australian Rules said | November 22nd 2012 @ 10:53am | ! Report

        agreed…go out now Danny.

        A great Australian servant to the sweet science.

      • November 22nd 2012 @ 2:11pm
        MR said | November 22nd 2012 @ 2:11pm | ! Report

        Steve – yep very weird that Cameron never really seemed to box except for glimpses. Other than a continual double jab & some nice timed counters the combos & right hands were noticeable by their absence. Green deserved the win but neither of them looked like they’re going to set the world alight (bit late anyway). I was wondering if the wrestling wasn’t a ploy to wear out Cameron given the major weight loss he’d had to go through.

        Great undercard & a good fun night but the main even was definitely a bit of a snorefest.

    • November 22nd 2012 @ 2:50pm
      Johnno said | November 22nd 2012 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

      A good fight last night. I think the cut to shane cameron hurt his focus more than Danny Green’s bloodied nose.

      -Danny Green after the fight also interestingly said , in sparing he fought opponents who weighed more and were physically stronger than Shane Cameron, to prepare him. It seemed to work. Shane Cameron came across as a poor man’s David Tua. Tua beat him.

      Cameron has a big punch, and can take a lot of punishment but really lacks boxing skills and boxing tactics. He’s basically a flat track bully. Can bully people without any boxing skills but when faced with someone who has boxing skills, and won’t be scared by a an intimidating guy, guys like Shane Cameron get dusted off and phased out when the class gets high.

      Dereck Chisora who fought David Haye this year and lost to Vitali Klitschko is the same style of fighter to Cameron. A flat track bully. Basically good street fighter style tactics but not really classy boxers. Brawlers more than boxers in there style.

      Danny Green is a legitimate boxer and showed that again last night.

      A young Mike Tyson had everything. Power punches, good defence, could really take a punch, and had reasonably good boxing tactics.

      Holyfield is the most complete fighter I have seen of the modern generation , of heavyweights with Bernard Hopkins having the best defence. And Tarver who Green fought last time was a class above Green and would dust of Shane Cameron comfortably.

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