Saturday, July 24, 2010

When Will We See A Real Danny Green Fight?

Danny Green is quite a popular figure in Perth. He gets his face on the news quite often, Channel 7 promotes him with some vigour, and he boxes for the people of Perth. That's the offical storyline anyway.

After an enormously popular fight with Anthony Mundine some years ago Green has struggled to find top level boxers to fight. Or has he? Perhaps if you have a world title you're not willing to put it on the line against someone who could actually beat you and rob you of the gravy train that you find yourself on. Green is 37 years old and he doesn't fight many boxers who are in their early 20s. None, actually.

It was, and it wasn't, a huge surprise to see his latest opponent, Paul Briggs, who retired from boxing three years ago, to go down in the first round. The fight was over after only 29 seconds which included the 10 second count which took about 13 seconds to conduct. Some people are even going so far as to say it was a dive. Apparently it is going to be investigated by a retired judge. When you have odds of $10 for a first round knockout drop to $1.50 in the hours before the fight what does that tell you? Not too many satisfied onlookers who handed over plenty of dough to attend the "fight". Drink bottles were thrown at Briggs as he left the ring. Only three punches were thrown and the one that brought him down was a glancing blow to the head. After being struck he staggered and appeared to be thinking, "Would now be a good time to go down?" before deciding that indeed it would be. A $200,000 - $250,000 purse for him as the loser was incentive enough it would seem to be involved in this farce.

I don't think that we'll see Danny Green involved in a real fight again. This is a sad note in the twilight of his career.

I think that if you want to see real fighting just switch to YouTube and look for girls fighting in the playground. You'll see more real punches and more onlookers satisfied with the outcome.

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