World champion boxer Danny Green has urged young West Australian men to end senseless one-punch violence.
In an exclusive opinion piece for The West Australian today, Green reveals he made a 30-second TV advertisement about one-punch assaults which he has presented to the State Government.
He hopes the Government will use it in a campaign against violence to help educate young men.
Green said he made the advertisement because the number of lives ruined by one-punch attacks was sickening and he knew he was in a position to influence young men who looked up to him.
"I'm not trying to preach or tell them what to do," he said. "I'm just trying to ask them to take a step back every now and then and think before they act. Hopefully I can get into their ear and they can get into their mates' heads."
Read Danny Green's opinion piece in today's edition of The West Australian.
The advertisement, which Green said was under consideration but was well-received at senior levels of the Government, shows the boxer stopping a young man's fist as he throws a punch at a man standing at a bar with his back turned. "Take it from me, one punch can be lethal," Green says.
"Thrown at an angle, like this, without warning, without any gloves, it can be deadly. One punch can end his life and ruin yours."
Green attributed growing serious violence to lack of respect.
"There's been a shift in the way society thinks from the old-school values that we were brought up with," he said.
He decided to write his article after the most recent serious one-punch attack when Jamey Barrett, 19, was allegedly king hit last week on the Rockingham foreshore. The teenager spent several days in an induced coma.
Police have charged an 18-year-old with assault.
Green said reports of young men being maimed by knockout punches were far too common.
He wants harsher penalties to stop people using "gutless" and "weak" king hits.
Police have said that though the number of assaults in WA was stable in recent years, the most serious offences had increased. These included one-punch attacks, glassings and assaults with weapons.