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Antonio Tarver in Whacky Danny Green World

To hear Danny Green talk about it, his recent bout with appendicitus depleted him physically enough to scare in him into considering retirement. All that changed when he announced that Antonio Tarver would be the next challenger for his IBO Cruiserweight belt he holds.

Green vs Tarver
Green vs Tarver

The bout takes place in Green’s comfortable environs of the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia where he is a big star. Antonio Tarver is no slouch in filling the villain role as challenger, having a long slog up the chain of amateur and professional ranks while fighting many top contenders and champs to hard won acclaim, but he was last seen putting forth a tubby effort against fringe heavyweight contender Nagy Aguilera, not a recipe for victory against Green who take pride in shaping into top condition for his fights.

Green is something of a curiousity, having a mecurical personality that led to a disqualification against Marcos Beyer and later a bizarre retirement after beating the towering Drew Stipes for the WBA lightheavy belt. yet staging a very active comeback in 2009 before the appendecitus knocked him down for a long count.

If Green recovers his form, it should be back to staging the best boxing of his career at the belated age of 38. If he has not sufficently recovered, Tarver makes for a long shaky night at the office.

Antonio Tarver is no stranger to belated boxing, having a spotty career until his signature highlight for the ages, a booming one punch knockout over Roy Jones. Tarver was 35 yrs old for that bout and been a name ever since in spite of continuing his spotty boxing that currently sees him with a 28-6, 19 KO record, not the sort of shining record expected for a well regarded champion.

A lifelong lightheavyweight, Tarver looked in shape and aggressively on the hunt in his last two bouts in the division against Chad Dawson, but he was slow and his overall ring activity is slowing as well, so the question for the 42 year old Magic Man is, “Does he have anymore?”

The Green Machine has become a sharp operator and possesses a potent right hand to easily match the southpaw Tarver’s best weapon his left hand. In his last outing he took on a prime aged big strong undefeated contender, BJ Flores, and fought a near perfect fight to out hustle and out maneuver him. I favor this version of Green.

Tarver’s forte has always been the rematches where he avenged his losses, but the magic was gone when he rematched Dawson. He has always been vulnerable to being outboxed and he will be giving up a considerable advantage to Green by fighting in Australia. Since neither fighter has ever been stopped before, a Green decision seems almost a forgone conclusion.

I would never completely write off a noted champion like Tarver who will likely be near even odds to win.

GreenWorld can get pretty whacky at times though, and don’t forget, they’ll be fighting upside down. Will he get sucked into The Green Machine topsy turvy parallel boxing world to be  dressed up, waxed, and spit out as Green’s newest notch for his gunbelt?

Those of us in the Great North will just have to tune in Wednesday, July 20th to find out what happens at that ungodly time of the morning.

 

Danny Green vs BJ Flores, The Barbie Down Under

In Tribute to the Haye vs Harrison @ Handbags English classic riposte staged last Saturday, the Aussies, not to be outdone, they are staging their own Commonwealth special down under tie-me-kangaroo-down-mate classic when Danny The Green Machine Green tops it off against BJ El Peligroso Flores.

Green’s Green Machine ring moniker is spot on with him nearing 38 yrs old with at least a couple of retirements, yet raking in millions in recent fights drawn from a junkyard of rusted out hulks who never fought again.

It follows that BJ, (wonder what his parents were thinking when they hung him with that little jewel?), well, BJ’s ring moniker, El Peligroso, translates to The Danger, with the danger in this case being that Green may add him to his collection of cadavers he keeps.

The Blowout

The Blowout

Oh, I need to amend the above to note that Green did stage a 1st round knockout on the legendary Roy Jones in a disputed fight where Jones claimed Green packed his gloves illegally, but regardless, Jones somehow manages to retain some ranking and is still active, so Jones sorta made himself the exception.

Poor Flores has no such credentials as the former supermiddle and light heavy WBC and WBA champ that Green very briefly was. Green is currently on his 4th defense of his IBO cruiser title now, with all his IBO title fights ending in early knockout.

The only recognizable name on Flores ledger is Darnell Ding-a-Ling Wilson,  a powerful, but inconsistent former contender, a credible win, but otherwise, it’s been a very modest cast of journeymen, winning some minor cruiser belts. The IBO title might qualify minor in some quarters, but it’s a step above anything Flores has won. Oh, and then I guess there’s his own stand in for Roy Jones, a first round demolition of one Ali Supreme, so there it is!

Sounds like a mismatch, eh?

But wait, there’s more! Green has matured into a natural 185 pounder in a 200lb division, and Flores fought the first half of his undefeated, 24-0-1, 15 KO career as a heavyweight before moving to cruiser, so if Green comes in at his normal weight, Flores is likely to be at 210+ lbs in the ring, at least a 25 lb advantage or more. There have been catchweight rumors and financial incentives, so we shall see soon enough.

El Peligroso

El Peligroso

Flores is younger too, right in traditional prime years at age 31 with low ring mileage, whereas Green is nearing 38 years. He does look a strong, fit 38 though he has yet to be tested.

But, wait, Flores hasn’t fought in over a rusted year, so is not ranked in many places anymore. Wonder what the sporting odds of him never fighting again after this fight are? We might never see him in the ring again.

Will he get sucked into The Green Machine topsy turvy upside down under parallel boxing world to be  dressed up, waxed, and spit out as Green’s latest addition to his cadaver collection?

Flores should be afraid, very afraid.

Bernard Hopkins was, backing out of an agreed deal with Green after more sober reflection of Green’s dramatic knockout of Jones. Hopkins hopped the greener pastures fence to take on Jones in their all time stinker passed off as their way overripe rematch for easier money.

Flores looks like he’s gonna make the ring march though, and damned if anyone knows what will really happen, or if they do, I sure ain’t in on it, but it’s likely to be dramatic, controversial, and comical theatre wrapped in a ring enigma to be tossed on the barbie. Might be worth the watch if you’re up and about come November 17th, Aussie time.

No Way, Sonny

No Way, Sonny