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Andre Rozier Speaks on Joe Greene's Withdrawal

By Ryan Songalia

Fans hoping to see the big step up of "Mean" Joe Greene's so-far unbeaten career will just have to wait. As reported earlier by ESPN, the 22-year-old Greene was forced to withdraw from his January 17 HBO fight with WBC junior middleweight interim titlist Sergio Martinez due to medical reasons.

Speaking with BoxingScene.com, Greene's trainer Andre Rozier expounded on the situation, shedding light on the details of the withdrawal.

"[Greene] was suffering ill effect from kidney stones," Rozier says. "We noticed he had been urinating blood. When we took him for an MRI, the physician told us that it'd be in his best interest to try to pass them. If not, we'll use some laser therapy to get rid of them. But he won't be able to box."

Rozier expressed disappointment in the situation. He feels that his 20-0 (14 KO) Queens resident was ready to unseat the 41-1-1 (24 KO) Argentinian.

"We were getting ready for this, we were up, we were feeling good. People had been talking about Sergio Martinez and we were ready to knock him off of his proverbial pedestal. We were looking forward to banging out with him."

Rozier believes that the fight will be rescheduled in the future.

"The word is that Sergio isn't 100% himself. I just think we weren't meant to meet at this point and time.

"We're going to take 2 weeks off and get rid of these stones. Once the doctor gives us the OK, we'll be back in the ring."

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In addition to Greene, Rozier also co-trains undefeated middleweight prospect Danny Jacobs. Rozier says that Jacobs will likely be in the ring again on a January 23 ESPN Friday Night Fights card, though that deal has yet to be solidified.

One fighter that Rozier trains who is without a fight date is Gary Stark Jr of Staten Island, NY.

"We're trying to get some work for him also. We haven't heard anything from Lou Dibella. I wish he would say something or get us a bout. If not, he needs to let us walk. Gary has been sitting around for a minute, now."

Stark last fought on October 22, winning a six-round decision over Leivi Brea. He has won four straight since losing back to back against Mike Oliver and Andres Ledesma in 2007.

Ryan Songalia is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at [email protected] .

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. Ryan on 01-08-2009

[QUOTE=The_Executioner;4568866]Damn sucks for Mean Joe. Kidney stones are pretty painful too(was with some1 who was having them). And its painful when you have to pass them aka piss it out. Hopefully Joe'll get another shot soon.[/QUOTE] I hear kidney stones…

Comment by -EX- on 01-08-2009

Damn sucks for Mean Joe. Kidney stones are pretty painful too(was with some1 who was having them). And its painful when you have to pass them aka piss it out. Hopefully Joe'll get another shot soon.

Comment by SAN D13GO VILLAN on 01-08-2009

I wonder whats wrong with Martinez that he's not 100%?

Comment by 2501 on 01-08-2009

hopefully he recovers without pain.

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