Green brushes off concerns over Mundine fight


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    Danny Green has dismissed talk of a weight mismatch in his long-awaited boxing rematch with old foe Anthony Mundine.

    The pair will do battle at Adelaide Oval on Feb 3, more than 10 years after their first fight in Sydney in 2006, won by Mundine in a unanimous points decision.

    Three-time world champion Jeff Fenech is among a chorus of voices calling for the fight to be abandoned, citing size disparity and fearing for the long-term health of 41-year-old Mundine.

    They will fight at an agreed weight of 83kg, up from the 76.2kg which was the weight limit for their last duel.

    It’s a big step up from the 69.8kg that Mundine has been fighting at, badly losing his last outing by TKO to American Charles Hatley in November 2015.

    But Green, 43, doesn’t believe there will such a weight disaparity between the two.

    “That’s a fabrication and a misconception that there will be a 10 kilogram difference,” he said.

    “There will probably be maybe a three or four kilogram difference at most.”

    Green said he wouldn’t put on weight after the weigh-in and expected to go into the ring at 84.5 or 85kg, while he expected Mundine to be around 81kg.

    “Choc has been sitting around 80kg for a long time and he played first grade football heavier than I’ve ever been in my life because I’ve never been 90kg – he’s naturally a heavy guy and came down in weight,” Green said.

    “I’m sure Choc’s going to come in at his absolute best because he’s a fierce competitor.”

    Green, who won his last four fights, has been sparring with two Americans in up-and-comer Mike Jimenez and Cedric Agnew, who helped him prepare for his 2009 win over Roy Jones Jr.

    He had a small cut on his nose thanks to Jimenez – a sign of his serious preparation.

    “I owe Mike one, although I think I’ve paid him back,” Green said.

    “They have contrasting styles – one super fast and super sharp and one is fast, sharp but very strong and keeps me working hard.”

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    • Roar Guru

      January 10th 2017 @ 9:12pm
      BigJ said | January 10th 2017 @ 9:12pm | ! Report

      Green is full off it, I wonder what the excuses will be this time when choc beats him again, maybe this time he will say that he was too heavy HA ha ah. Seriously though this weight issue will not be an issue, so everybody just needs to cut the crap and let the fight go on

    • Roar Guru

      January 10th 2017 @ 9:26pm
      BigJ said | January 10th 2017 @ 9:26pm | ! Report

      Also APP, not to discredit but the fight is feb 3 not 4

    • January 11th 2017 @ 10:02pm
      Jason said | January 11th 2017 @ 10:02pm | ! Report

      I have all Mundine’s football cards which have player profile on the back and his listed playing weight is never more than 78kgs. So for Green to say he played at 90kgs is total rubbish. Also Green claims he’s never weighed more than 90kgs, he said it tonight on the project, but a quick look on boxrec will tell you he weighed in at 90.3kgs for the Tarver fight and would have rehydrated to even more. Green will lie about anything. Mundine will enter the ring around 80kgs, green will weigh in at 83 then rehydrate to about 87kgs, that’s 7 kilos difference that’s 2 weight classes. If Green wants to convince the public this is not a mismatch he should be reminding everyone how one-sided the first fight was and how he needs a huge advantage just to have a chance.

      • Roar Guru

        January 12th 2017 @ 3:16pm
        BigJ said | January 12th 2017 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

        Well said

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