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15 NOVEMBER 2018

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Come-backing Green Stops Van Niekerk in 2

Green rocks Van Niekerk with a left hook
Green rocks Van Niekerk with a left hook

By Paul Upham in Perth: Former WBA light heavyweight world champion Danny “Green Machine” Green made a successful comeback to competitive boxing on Sunday night with a 2nd round knockout win over South African Anthony Van Niekerk at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia, presented by Green Machine Promotions.

“I finally got a right hand back,” said Green, commenting on the punch which finished off Van Niekerk. “I haven’t had a right hand since the Olympic Games. I haven’t had a right hand that I can use properly. Tonight, I was just letting it go. It felt like a whip and I’m just really happy.”

It was a very confident and controlled 1st round from Green dressed in black trunks with green trim, who looked set to give the sell-out crowd of over 6,000 people a real boxing clinic. The 36 year-old local looked much stronger and more powerful compared to Van Niekerk. The South African dressed in black trunks with green tassels, looked soft to the body.

Green was slipping punches and boxing fluidly. Taking his time and without charging in. Van Niekerk was throwing many punches, but his hand speed was noticeably slower.

The Australian opened up his full arsenal in round 2, with some snapping jabs and hard right hands finding their target. A left hook, right hand combination then dropped 35 year-old Van Niekerk 21-7-2 (13) and the visiting boxer showed tremendous courage to regain his feet. The action resumed and Green charged in and immediately knocked him down again with a right hand. The referee waved off the contest without counting at the 2:42 minute mark.

Danny Green attacks
Danny Green attacks
“I’m back!” declared Green, to furious applause. “I think if I had of fought King Kong tonight, it would have been the same result. I caught him clean and not many people would’ve stood up to that shot. I just felt great. My right hand was working. I felt relaxed in there.”

A former WBC interim super middleweight champion, Green 26-3 (23) won the WBA 175lbs world title from Stipe Drews in December 2007. He then retired unexpectedly in 2008, claiming to have had an “epiphany” on Easter Sunday morning and promptly hung up his gloves.

But after months spent reconsidering his decision, Green is now fully committed to his return and has his focus only on a rematch with arch rival Anthony Mundine.

“To Anthony Mundine, the guy at middleweight,” Green told the cheering sell-out crowd, “you called me out and it’s going to be lights out!”

Date April 26
Location Challenge Stadium, Perth, Australia

Danny Green w.ko.2 Anthony Van Niekerk – light heavyweight
Jackson Asiku w.ko.9 Gairy St Clair – junior lightweight
Willie Kickett w.ud.6 Moses Seran – junior lightweight
Frank LoPorto Robbie Bryant – middleweight
Eric Anaba w.ud.6 Adam Wills – welterweight
Luke Garlett w.ko.1 Michael Lindon – junior lightweight

Paul Upham
Content Editor

All photos by Paul Upham/
Green wins by 2nd round knockout
Green wins by 2nd round knockout
Danny Green has a message for Anthony Mundine -
Danny Green has a message for Anthony Mundine -

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