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Danny Green is Pissed at Briggs!! "I'm Going To Punish Him"
Briggs came in over the contractual weight limit and Green is Pissed. Green's Cruiserweight Title is still on the line though.
Brigg's defence is that he is under the Cruiserweight limit. LMAO
Briggs was almost 10 minutes late to Tuesday's weigh-in for the 84kg-limit cruiserweight fight, and he appeared nervous as he approached the scales.
It soon became apparent why, with the 34-year-old Queenslander weighing in at 87.2kg - instantly enraging the 83.6kg Green.
Green could have called off the bout, but the West Australian said the fight would go ahead as planned, with his cruiserweight belt still on the line.
"Yeah, of course, I could pull the fight right now," Green said.
"It's within my right to say 'go lose the weight'.
"But do you know what, I don't care.
"Somebody get him a hamburger, he's going to need some energy."
Green said that Briggs, who hasn't fought since February 2007, would pay dearly for his disrespect.
"When you come in at 3kg over a weight that was designated nine weeks ago, it's very unprofessional, it's very disrespectful and ... tomorrow night I'm going to punish Paul Briggs, I'm going to punish him bad," Green said.
"I'll take him at 97kg. I don't care what weight he is.
"I can't get angry. If I get angry, that's when I get open to wearing shots.
"It's just unprofessional, disrespectful, but that's cool.
"When the bell goes tomorrow night, punch by punch I'll pay that disrespect back, with interest, too.
"I'm just focusing in on my fist landing cleanly to his liver, to his sternum, to his shoulders, to his chin, to his ears, to his face, everywhere.
"Just visualising the punishment.
"I think by the time the fight's finished, whether it goes 12 rounds or one round, he's going to be a very sore and sorry person."
Cruiserweight has a maximum weight limit of 90.7kg, but boxers in the division generally agree to fight at a weight under this limit.
Green and Briggs agreed on an 84kg maximum, and Briggs was elusive when asked whether he ever intended to make the weight.
"The cruiserweight limit is 91kg," Briggs said.
"This meeting halfway in between weights is something he's picked up off Roy Jones Jr.
"I haven't done anything wrong today.
"I've trained hard, I've come here, I've made weight (under the cruiserweight's maximum). Easy as that.
"I'm not into all the 'I'll meet you halfway and we'll meet at 83-point this and that'.
"Weight's cruiserweight, end of story.
"You want to fight me at cruiserweight, fight me at cruiserweight, that's it.
"I'm not making any excuses. There's no excuses to be made here."
The latest incident added another intriguing twist to a fight that has been dogged by controversy.
Sydney was originally locked in to host the bout, but organisers hastily switched to Perth after the New South Wales Sports Combat Authority refused to sanction the fight upon hearing rumours that Briggs had suffered neurological problems several years earlier.