UPDATE: Big-hitting Danny Green has told boxing legend Roy Jones Jr he his heading for a “nightmare” after agreeing to fight outside the United States for the first time in his professional career.
Jones, who has not been in the ring outside the US since he was robbed of Olympic gold at the 1988 Seoul Games, has signed on to fight for Green’s International Boxing Organisation cruiserweight title at Sydney’s Acer Arena on Wednesday, December 2.
Jones, who claimed he was still the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, wants to become the first boxer to win world titles in every division from middleweight to heavyweight. Winning the IBO cruiserweight title would complete his aim.
But Green has warned Jones to expect fireworks when the pair clash in Sydney.
“Roy, you’ve signed on for your worst nightmare,” said Perth’s three-time world champion.
“I am confident. I am very confident. I am more than confident of winning this fight. The respect that I have for Roy Jones is immense and everyone knows that. But this is a fight and it’s a very personal thing what Roy is trying to do in front of my family and my friends in my country.
“He’s trying to knock me out. My job, as we all know, is to knock Roy out… and I’m fully confident of achieving that.”
At 40 years of age, Jones was deemed to be a long way past his best but he rolled back the years to stop Jeff Lacy in 10 rounds last month.
Green won the IBO belt with a smashing fifth-round technical knockout of Julio Cesar Dominguez on the undercard to set the wheels in motion for a fight against Jones.
But the bold, fast and brash American, who has won world titles at four weight divisions, said nothing would stop him claiming the IBO belt.
“Now I get the opportunity to pick up a cruiserweight title to complete the whole thing. I can’t let anything stand in my way,” said Jones, who praised Green’s fighting qualities.
“He’s not an easy task. I’ve been watching Danny for a long time. I know all about Danny Green. I know everything he possesses and I know it’s not an easy night for anybody when you fight Danny Green… (but) I will be the only man living to conquer all weight divisions from middleweight to heavyweight.”
Jones has compiled 54 wins (40 knockouts) in a 59-fight career, while Green has 27 wins (24KO) in his 30 professional bouts.
The popular WA pugilist has also won the interim WBC super-middleweight and WBA light-heavyweight titles, but he said nothing would compare to beating Jones.
“For me, it’s going to be the pinnacle of my career when they raise my hand in victory against Roy Jones Jr,” Green said. “If I think any other way, then I’m not going to win the fight.”
Jones will arrive in Australia two to three weeks before the fight.
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