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Green controls Flores in winning over 12 rounds
Danny Green wins
By Paul Upham: It was a close fight, but in the final tally, IBO cruiserweight boxing world champion Danny Green simply won more rounds, defeating BJ Flores by unanimous points decision on Wednesday 17 November 2010 at the Challenger Stadium in Perth, Western Australia.
“It was very hard for me tonight to implement my game plan,” said Green. “He is fast and strong and I had to stick to the basics. If I could have out him away, I would have put him away.”
Round 1 saw a battle of fast jabs from both boxers. 31 year-old Flores, in silver trunks, immediately tied up Green on the inside when he came too close. Flores 24-1-1 (15) forced the action towards the end of the round, but Green landed an overhand right hand.
It was a slow start to round 2, as both boxers waited on each other. 37 year-old Green 31-3 (27), in black trunks with fluoro green trim, waited with his back on the ropes, tempting Flores to advance. Eventually there were strong right hands thrown from both men. Referee Howard Foster warned Green for holding and hitting. A left hook from Green clipped Flores on the nose and there was a wild exchange to finish to the bell.
There was greater aggression from Flores in round 3. Controlled single punches from Green, both lead lefts and rights, were making an impact.
Flores was coming forward with his hands down in round 4. Green was the more explosive and eye catching with his single punches. Flores tried to punch to the body and it was his best of the fight so far.
Round 5 was a close round. Flores bounced up confidently forward on the balls of his feet as he stalked Green. The American was missing more than he was landing - Green picking him off with lead jabs and right hands with his back close to the ropes.
A left hook from Green landed early in round 6. Flores was following, but waiting. A right hand from Flores landed. The fight was still slow in speed. Flores trying to dig to the body without much impact.
A right hand left hook landed on Flores to open round 7. Winging punches from Flores were missing. Flores was coming forward regularly but throwing very little. A right hook from Flores landed and a left hook reply in kind from Green did the same.
There was a poor workrate from Flores in round 8 considering it was his first world title fight. Green boxed from the outside in comfort as he controlled the fight. A wild overhand punch from Flores whistled through the air, but it was not effective. Flores was getting caught with his hands down as he came forward. Green hitting and then spinning away. Flores was caught on the chin by a right hand, coming in on the ropes to end round.
Flores was moving forward and flicking his jab in round 9, but there was nothing of authority to trouble the Australian. Green was firing the stronger punches which were winning him the round. Green’s disciplined tight defence posing a hard target for Flores.
Flores was not doing enough when he got into range in round 10. Green was measuring his attack and using evasive body moves to avoid Flores’ punches.
It was a slow start to round 11, with Flores waiting. Green jabbed and a left jab landed flush on Flores chin. A right hand hammers Flores’ left cheek. There was a trickle of blood from Green’s nose but nothing of substance to trouble the champion. Flores was chasing but not closing and throwing. There was little urgency from Flores or his corner.
Flores threw a right hand early in round 12. Green was trading in close, despite having a lead on the official scorecards. Flores was still waiting with Green leaning back on the ropes. Green landed a combination on the inside. A right hand on the nose of Flores from Green landed. Flores was simply not committing to his punches.
At the final bell, Flores stumbles in the neutral corner as he climbs up on the ropes to raise his arm to the crowd. Before the official announcement, Flores is jumping around in the ring like he won.
The official judges scored the fight unanimously for Green, 117-112, 118-110 and 118-111.
SecondsOut scored the fight for Green, 118-110.
“Danny fought a fantastic fight,” said Flores. “A smart fight. I think it was a close fight. I don’t agree with the wideness of the scorecards. I think I proved a point, but not the point I wanted to prove. I fought a great champion and backed him up for twelve rounds.”
Green was pleased with his performance.
“I was able to outbox a boxer and no one would have thought that five years ago,” he told the sell-out crowd. “This one is for all of you!”
Wednesday 17 November 2010
Challenge Stadium, Mt Claremont, Western Australia, Australia
Danny Green w.ud.12 BJ Flores
IBO cruiserweight world title
Steven Wills w.ud.6 Casey Gilmour - welterweight
59-55, 59-54, 59-54
Matt Garlett w.tko.3 Quinton Donohue - super featherweight
Mike Wilson w.ud.4 Jae Bryce - cruiserweight
40-36, 40-36, 40-36
Shane Cameron w.ud.12 Anthony McCracken - cruiserweight
116-112, 117-111, 116-112
Sam Ah See w.tko.1 Mhelvin Hernandez - junior middleweight