Green Impresses Against Cameron
By Anthony Cocks at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 22, 2012)
Danny Green 33-5 (28) turned in a
career-best performance to defeat New Zealander Shane Cameron 29-3
(22) by unanimous point decision in front of a full house at Hisense
Arena in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday night.
The West Australian spurned
conventional wisdom to take the fight to the naturally bigger Cameron
on the inside, outmuscling and outhustling the WBO’s number 10
ranked heavyweight down the stretch to run away the winner by scores
of 119-109, 116-112 and 116-113.
The victory earned Green the vacant IBO
cruiserweight title that was stripped from Antonio Tarver when tested
positive to steroids after his fight with Lateef Kayode in June.
From the first bell Green went after
Cameron, showing a stiff jab and chopping right hand. Cameron
thumped in a right hand to the body that Green would later say broke
his rips, already fractured during sparring in the lead up to the
bout. The big Kiwi was able to use his strength in the clinches to
push Green back, but despite this it was the 39 year-old Aussie who
landed the cleaner shots during exchanges.
Green opened up a cut over Cameron’s
left eye in the third and continued to dish out punishment through
the fifth. The tight appeared to be turning in the sixth with Green
visibly tired, but in the seventh he was a rejuvenated man, working
Cameron over with his raking jab and jarring right hand.
Cameron’s best punch of the night
came early in the eighth, a powerful right cross to the jaw. It
barely budged Green. The ninth saw Green have success with his own
right hand early before both men traded hard shots in the red corner
late in the round.
The pace waned again in the tenth with
both men saving their best for the championship rounds.
Early in the eleventh a chopping right
hand to the temple by Green during infighting buckled Cameron’s
legs. If it wasn’t for his instinct to grab Green and hold on for
dear life, he surely would have taken a count. Green continued to
pour it on for the rest of the round, desperately looking for the
knockout, and continued to batter an exhausted looking Cameron
throughout the twelfth.
After the fight a clearly ecstatic
Green couldn’t have been more excited with the way the fight played
out: "This is a victory for all my fans, for everyone, for every
Australian who has given me support and encouragement throughout my
career. That was old-school, behind the shed, Saturday night pub
brawl and I came out on top against a Kiwi."
In the weeks leading up to the fight
there had been persistent whispers about this fight being Green’s
swansong, but he refused to be drawn on rumours of his retirement.
When asked after the bout if this was to be his last fight, Green
sidestepped the question and replied: “I'm going to be an Aussie
and get on the cans with the boys.''
No doubt he did.
In the main support bout, IBO super
featherweight titleholder “Wild” Will Tomlinson 20-0-1 (12)
retained his belt and unbeaten record with a comprehensive twelve
round decision win against Irving Berry, 22-4-2 (9), of Panama.
Berry was dropped by a left hook in the fourth and lost two points
for holding, going down 120-105, 117-108 and 119-106 on the cards.
In other results, Brad Pitt stopped
Mosese Sorovi in the second, Jeremy Van Demien TKO’d Lyndon Edney
in the third, Brandon Ogilvie won a six round majority decision over
Anthony Taylor, while Jake Carr halted Dinesh Kanth in two.
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