Danny Green is expected to make a rare ring appearance in Melbourne before the end of the year as he winds down his professional career.
And the popular Perth pugilist could retire from the sport as a champion with suggestions the International Boxing Organisation cruiserweight title might be up for grabs in a touted November stoush with New Zealand’s Shane Cameron.
Green delivered a flat “no comment” when contacted by www.thewest.com.au today but it is believed the IBO is keen to allow the 39-year-old to fight for their cruiserweight strap in the wake of Antonio Tarver’s failed drug test.
Tarver wrenched the IBO cruiserweight title from Green with a stoppage win in July last year but then tested positive to the anabolic steroid drostanolone after his draw with Lateef Kayode in June.
Since then, Green has failed in his bid to snatch from Poland’s Krzysztof Wlodarczyk the World Boxing Council cruiserweight title before he returned to winning ways with a fifth-round stoppage of Danny Santiago in July.
Angelo Hyder, Green’s trainer, has been overseas, prompting speculation he may also have been trying to line up an American opponent.
Cameron, who has fought predominantly as a heavyweight in a 31-fight career, recently informed the IBO of his intention to move to cruiserweight and was immediately ranked no.8 by the body.
The 34-year-old briefly moved down to cruiserweight (90.7kg limit) in 2010-11 as he chased a fight against Green, who instead turned his attention to Tarver.
Cameron has won 29 fights with 22 early victories, and has lost twice — to David Tua in 2009 and Friday Ahunanya two years previously. Both his losses were by stoppage.
Green, who is ranked no.10 by the IBO, has fought just twice in Melbourne — a city which is considered by many fans to be Australia’s sporting capital.
He beat Paul Murdoch in two rounds there in 2007 and four years earlier crushed Brad Mayo inside a round.
Green Machine Boxing had looked at a potential Cameron fight in New Zealand almost two years ago before Tarver forced the WA fighter to his first stoppage defeat in July last year. Four months later, Wlodarczyk stopped Green, who now has a record of 32 wins (28KO) and five losses, in the 11th round of their bout.
Despite calls for him to hang up his gloves, Green, 39, returned to the ring for a farewell-to-Perth bout and stopped Santiago in the fifth round.