By Paul Upham: Former WBA light heavyweight world champion Danny Green makes a comeback to the ring on Sunday night April 26 at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia. The 36 year-old will face South African Anthony Van Niekerk.
“I’m just looking to do my job,” said Green. “I want to be impressive and I want to win convincingly and I want to come out unscathed.”
A former WBC interim super middleweight champion, Green 25-3 (22) won the WBA 175lbs world title from Stipe Drews in December 2007. He then retired unexpectedly in April 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 feels comfortable about being a professional boxer once again.
“I think I’ve learnt a lot about myself during the retirement,” said Green, “about just remaining calm and enjoying what I’m doing in there and not trying to load up every punch.”
35 year-old Van Niekerk from South Africa has a record of 21-6-2 (13) and first fought as a professional in May 1995.
“He’s a top class fighter and we’ve come here to fight,” said Van Niekerk, “that’s what I get paid to do, and I’ve come here to win. I’ve been a fighter for 21 years of my life, I’ve been a pro since 1995 and we’ve come to do the business.”