Jones Jr & Green face to face
By Paul Upham in Sydney: The last time they met outside the ring in Biloxi, Mississippi in August it was all smiles. But the mood was decidedly different at the Quay Restaurant in Circular Quay on Wednesday morning when Danny Green and Roy Jones Jr fronted the media to promote their IBO cruiserweight world title boxing match on December 2 at Acer Arena in Homebush.
“It’s on, for sure,” a gruff Jones Jr told the tense press conference.
“I won’t see the 12th round,” agreed Green, in response to Jones Jr’s manager McGee Wright predicting a knockout win for the American great. “I’ll be back celebrating with my family and friends because I have a very good feeling about this fight.”
Asked to make a round prediction, Jones Jr said, “It’s probably going to be in lesser rounds than I expect it to be, because I know he is strong and he is going to piss me off and then we go.”
“You are going to be really pissed off, really early,” interjected Green.
40 year-old Jones Jr 54-5 (40) will be attempting to win a world title belt in his fifth weight class and will be fighting outside of the USA for the first time as a professional.
It was reported over the weekend that Jones Jr has signed an agreement to rematch Bernard Hopkins early in 2010 on the basis that he will defeat Green.
“It’s pretty cute that they have already signed a contract with Bernard Hopkins,” said Green, suggesting that Jones Jr was underestimating him.
Jones denied looking past Green, “Danny is strong as hell. I ain’t stupid,” he said. “After he (Hopkins) sees me fighting Danny Green, he is libel to say ‘no, never mind,” and change his mind anyway. After he sees me look great against Danny Green, he won’t fight me.”
36 year-old Green 27-3 (24) spoke strongly throughout the media meeting and said the last time he felt this confident before a fight was when he knocked out Eric Lucas in Canada in December 2003.
“I am very confident about winning this fight,” he said. “I see it. I have a recurring kind of vision. I envisage an earlier than a 12th round stoppage by myself against Roy Jones Jr. It’s business now. It’s on. The respect is always going to be there because he is one of the greatest fighters of all time. But I don’t care about that, because he is coming to knock me out and that is a very personal thing to do in front of my family and friends.”
Green even had time for a little dig at arch rival Anthony Mundine.
“I might see if Choc (Mundine) wants to be a sparring partner,” he suggested. “We are looking for some sparring partners who are fast and flashy.”
* Tickets for the Green-Jones Jr match go on sale from Thursday 1st October 2009 at 9:00am at Ticketek.com.au. The Acer Arena is being set up to accommodate a crowd of 19,000 people.