Green will soon discover if his return to the ring
at 42 was the right move - 1st August 2015
REED GAME ON - HERALD SUN
Fenech: Green Mundine fight 'shouldn't be allowed'
IN ONE of the popular boxing movies, Rocky Balboa
is asked why he keeps returning to the ring as he
gets older and older.
fight, thats what fighters do, the fictional
heavyweight champion of the world responds.
Hyder likes that line, which he quotes as we watch
Danny Green begin an hour-long training session in
one of Melbournes more colourful gyms, the old
adage about quitters never winning and winners never
quitting writ large on the wall.
trains Green, who has declined to quit even though
he is 42, reactivating his accomplished career after
a three-year hiatus, with a very well-performed and
much younger Slovakian light-heavyweight named Tamas
Kovacs arriving soon for a 12 round bout at Hisense
Arena on August 19 which will determine the wisdom
- or otherwise - of that.
is 29 and his only defeat in 27 fights was for a world
title eight months ago so Greens many fans -
and he has never had any shortage of them - might
be asking the same question put to Sly Stallones
courageous character. And in truth, the answer wouldnt
be much different.
But its not entirely that simple.
says Green, hes doing it mostly because he is
convinced he still can, because hes never lost
the primeval urge that drives all boxers. But he doesnt
deny that money is a factor. And then there is the
most obvious and yet the most nebulous motivation
of all _ Mission Mundine.
faded feud between Green and Anthony Mundine has been
Australian sports biggest fizzer for nine years,
which is how long it is since Mundine, taking full
advantage of fighting at close to his own ideal weight,
beat the overly-wasted West Australian on points in
Sydney at their only meeting.
Green trains in Melbourne ahead of his return to the
If it is ever going to happen again, it has to be
next year - Mundine is also in his 40s now.
nobody should hold their breath.
he announced what amounts to his comeback a month
ago - not that he ever actually retired - Green admitted
Mundine was the end game.
this week he denied - unconvincingly - that it was
his main reason for returning, said he couldnt
care what Mundines plans were, yet agreed a
rematch was still an ambition.
as if he does not want to emotionally commit to the
mission in case he is left stranded, swinging at thin
air. The same goes for Mundine, who was on radio the
other day saying he doubted it would happen but careful
not to rule it out.
two very different personalities routinely trade insults
and put-downs whenever the others name is mentioned
and some of it is laughable, such as Mundines
latest jibe that the people who control this
country want to see Green kick my arse because he
and until they ever get it back on its all just
so much tedious pussy-footing _ and time continues
to be the enemy of them both acquiring the big pay-day
such a showdown would provide.
is obviously on borrowed time, and not much of it.
Asked if there was a limit to how long boxers could
go, he laughed and said: I guarantee you I wont
be back here in another three years.
last outing, also in Melbourne, was a painful but
decisive points victory over New Zealand hard-man
Shane Cameron, bringing his impressive record to 33
wins, 28 by knockout, from 38 fights, with four versions
of world titles across three sanctioning organisations
in a variety of countries.
he says, he has had his ups and downs, and one or
two of his fights have raised eyebrows for the wrong
reasons, but he has always been a tough, willing,
durable and skilled competitor, as well as a good
advertisement for the fight game in a number of ways.
is approachable, articulate and unencumbered by any
sign any of his marbles are missing _ and he has a
image has been enhanced by his recent cowards
punch campaign against street violence, to which
he has contributed not just his famous name but significant
to Hyder, he is now more popular than he has ever
been. Green, who describes himself as one little
guy who wants to make a difference, is motivated
by both anger and passion. The response to his project
has been overwhelming, he says.
back to the ring _ has he still got what it takes?
says the last thing a boxer loses is power and as
he soaks up Greens double-fisted assault on
the pads in the gym, it is clear to even the female
novices interrupting their own workouts to watch that
he still hits extremely hard.
is now a matter of adjusting the balance between work
and rest, says Hyder, who believes Green is stronger
than ever because he has spent the last year establishing
a gym in Perth and working out with clients every
is well aware sceptics are wondering why he is doing
this. To some extent, he is himself.
I was tentative, to be honest, he says.
dont need to do it but I wanted to. I figure
there are a lot of worse things going on in the world
and Im not doing anything wrong, just something
I was born with a gift to do.
want to exhaust that resource until I have no more
to suck out of it.
tells me many fighters go well past their use-by date
and Im not the same physical specimen I was
at 35, but Im a smarter fighter.
am sparring with young guys which is difficult because
for them every session (against me) is a world title.
I dont perform, its oh, the old
blokes washed up, hes gone too far.
That pressure plays on your mind.
my goal has always been to perform when the bell goes
and and people have paid to watch me. Thats
when I want to be at my best - and it hasnt
says his main aim is to know that when I check
out his family - he has a daughter Chloe, 13,
and son Archie, 7 - are financially secure.
he wont have to worry about Archie. Look
at this, says Dad, proudly producing a video
on his phone that shows the boy throwing text-book
kid looks every inch a fighter - preparing to do what