ALEX HEINKE reports.
Aussie boxing veteran Danny Green is confident about returning to the ring as he lines up for his first bout in almost three years.
The 42-year-old will take on Argentina’s Roberto “The Beast” Bolonti on Wednesday night, at Hisense Arena – the same venue where he had his last fight back in 2012.
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Green dismisses talk that it’s a comeback because he says he never retired after that win over Shane Cameron, but with an eye on a rematch with old foe Anthony Mundine next year, it’s a case of now or never.
He says he’s had to adjust his style in his return and now fights smarter.
“I’m not a young man anymore but I feel great,” Green said.
“I’ve always been a fairly accurate puncher but I’ve got to pick my punches and rely on my accuracy and timing a lot more.”
He has been sparring with some of the young fighters on his undercard.
“They’re keeping me on my toes,” Green said.
The West Australian was due to fight Tamas Kovacs but the Slovakian had to withdraw with a neck injury, with Bolonti, who is coming off a second round knockout last month drafted in.
Bolonti, 36, is a more a fighter than a boxer and has not been stopped in any of his 39 bouts (36 wins).
Two of those losses came against top British Light Heavyweight Tony Bellew and powerful German Juergen Braehmar for this WBA Light Heavyweight world title – losing both over the slog of 12 rounds.
Green says his new opponent is even more dangerous than Kovacs.
“This guy’s been the distance with very good fighter, renowned world champions and he won his last fight by second round knock out,” Green said.
Bolonti said he’d struggled with the long travel time from Argentina but now felt ready to take on Green.
“It took us one day and a half to come here and there’s a huge time difference and it cost us but I’m in good shape,” Bolonti said.
“Danny is a well-known boxer and has fought other well-known boxers so we’re going to have a great show.”