Danny Green Hopes To Stage Australia's Biggest Show
Former world champion Danny Green hopes the fight card he has assembled for his November 30 showdown with Poland's Krzysztof Wlodarczyk will be remembered as the greatest in Australian boxing history.
On a night when Green will attempt to snare Wlodarczyk's WBC cruiserweight world title, Indonesian superstar Chris John will defend his WBA featherweight crown against Ukrainian Stanyslav Merdov in a blockbuster undercard bout.
And a third world title will be decided when Sydney's Will Tomlinson fights for the IBO featherweight belt against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
John, aiming to defend his title for the 15th time, is a hero in his home country, even receiving messages of congratulations from Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after victories.
The presence of the 32-year-old on the undercard will ensure Green's bout will be watched by tens of millions of people in Indonesia.
Green, who will be fighting for the first time since losing his IBO cruiserweight belt to Antonio Tarver earlier this year, said he was proud to be able to put on such a high-profile fight card in his hometown of Perth.
"I don't see this fight card ever being eclipsed in this sport in this country - ever," he said yesterday.
"Chris is a superstar in Indonesia. The poor guy can't walk down the street without being mobbed.
"The President rings him after he's victorious in his fights.
"To have him fight on our show is a massive thing. He's a superstar of the sport.
"Will Tomlinson has been on my undercards a few times.
"If Will's victorious in this fight and can win the world title, then we see Will being a main-event fighter in the future.
"So when I'm finished in this world of boxing, hopefully a guy like Will can carry the sport into the future."
Green said he felt a strong sense of duty to protect the reputation of Australian boxing to ensure the sport remained popular well into the future.
"There's been a lot of innuendo and a lot of talk about the sport of boxing and it's taken a few hits recently," Green said.
"Three world title fights, and all incredible fights, all on one night of action ... I don't see this fight card ever being eclipsed.
"And also on the undercard, Pieter Cronje is fighting Anthony McCracken for a regional title.
"That fight itself is a stand-alone main-event fight. I'm pretty proud to be able to stand here with these guys beside me and say this is the best fight card that's ever been put on in this country."