Adam Santarossa talks to Angelo Hyder, trainer of Danny “The Green Machine” Green, ahead of Wednesday’s big IBO Cruiserweight title fight with “The Magic Man” Antonio Tarver n Sydney, Australia.
Q: Angelo, we are hours away from the fight, how is Danny looking?
AH: He is looking real good mate, he is ready to go.
Q: Last time Danny fought against BJ Flores, you pulled a real monkey out of the hat with your game plan, you really surprised Flores with your hit and move approach, opposed to the “come forward” style from Danny that we know. Can we expect something similar tomorrow night?
AH: No I don’t think he will be ducking and weaving away too much tomorrow night mate.
Q: There has been some criticism regarding this fight and there has been some real insults bandied around in the last few days. How personal has this fight become?
AH: Yes mate, it’s pretty personal mate, he (Tarver) has thrown some pretty crazy stuff up, you know to try and unedge us, and if he has wanted to get Danny angry, he has, it’s worked and it’s my job to keep Danny under control. Danny really wants to punish him badly.
Q: What are your thoughts on Tarver? How do you see the fight?
AH: He is one hell of a fighter mate. You know Danny has got to be on his game, he doesn’t want to be getting hit clean by Tarver. He doesn’t want to let Tarver dictate terms in the ring. They know Danny’s style they know, they know he is a tough nut and it’s going to be very interesting. It’s going to come down to the finer points, you know, are they as good as they say? Or are we as good as we say? So it’s a very interesting fight.
Q: What about these mind games? at the weigh in there was talk that Tarver would not make the Cruiserweight limit?
AH: He (Tarver) hit it right on and it’s the first time Danny has been over 90kg himself, so he has done a lot of hard work and to his credit Tarver has been very professional, and I always knew he would come in on weight, and look as good as he does. I have been following him a little bit on YouTube, seeing all the hard work he has done. He is here for war, and Greeny is nothing different. Let’s hope he hangs around and looks to stand and deliver like he said and it will become a stand-up fight and an exciting bout.
Q: Any chance you might jump in there with Buddy McGirt? He has been levelling some insults at Team Green, regarding the hand wrap controversy?
AH: (Laughs) No mate, Buddy McGirt is a good bloke; he knows what he is doing. I have been up against Buddy McGirt a few times, all around the world, I have done a lot of World Title fights in America, I have done them in Germany , I’ve done them in Indonesia, I’ve faced him before, let him have his say, but when that bell rings it’s up to the fighters. Myself and Greeny have a relationship, where I know he will do exactly what I say, and I don’t think they (Tarver-McGirt) have as good a relationship as Danny and I, and I don’t think many fighters in the world do. So whatever Tarver comes up with, me and greeny know we will come up with the answers.
Q: There has been some question about Tarver, and how he will go with having only one fight in eighteen months. But there is also a question about Danny, given he had his appendix out only a few months back and this is his first fight since then?
AH: Yes, well I was worried early. I didn’t want to fight Tarver if you can recall. But since now we have gone through all the sparring and the preparation, I can see Greeny is fine, and I am more than happy.
Q: Danny is 39 years old, he has already retired before. Any chance this could be the last time we see him step in the ring?
AH: Well, it could always be that mate, you just never know. But, No...He has got a bit more to do still I think.
Q: Finally, what’s your prediction for tomorrow night?
AH: If Danny catches him (Tarver), he will knock him out, that hasn’t changed from Roy Jones. It’s only a matter of when. The thing is, is Tarver good enough to make that “when” not happen, but if that “when” happens, it’s going to be over.
July 19, 2011