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I ll take down Green, says Cameron
Danny Green.

Danny Green will take on Shane Cameron for the vacant IBO cruiserweight belt - but it was a former opponent who took up as much of his time this morning.

The Green-Cameron fight, which was revealed on yesterday, will take place at Melbourne's Hisense Arena on November 21.

However, it was ex-champion Antonio Tarver who was the subject of as many questions as New Zealander Cameron.

Tarver was stripped of the IBO title he won by hammering Green in nine rounds last year, following a positive test to a banned steroid taken prior to his next fight, a draw with Lateef Kayode in the US three months ago. He has denied knowingly taking a banned drug.

Green, 39, said he has "no idea" whether Tarver was steroid-affected when the American fought and took his title last year and he bears him no ill will.

However, a Twitter exchange between the pair today may indicate otherwise.

Tarver began the social media stoush when he tweeted about the Green-Cameron bout: "great that gives me another paid vacation to Australia."

Green replied: "yeah cool Antonio sounds great, bring ya box of steroids too."

"Danny I can box you one weekend and Shane the next cause you couldnt hit me," Tarver retored, to which Green said: "it'll have to b on play station mate cause that's the only fight you'll have again after getting BUSTED for steroids. C ya."

Still keen to continue the row, Tarver said: "Danny get out now before you get seriously hurt...", to which Green hit back: "thnx for your concern. You keep tweetn, and u r a smooth talker, but u cldnt talk ya way out the drug test huh?"

At the press conference today Green said it was possible Tarver "dodged a bullet" as neither man was drug-tested at their fight in Sydney in July, 2011, and he had felt the American's sudden and dramatic weight loss prior to that bout was unusual.

"Who knows? We had photos and he was next to the front-rowers of the NSW State of Origin (rugby league) team ... and he dwarfed them," Green said.

"The disparity in weight was plain to see, and the fact eight weeks later he made the weight and maintained strength throughout the fight ... who knows? He wasn't tested.

"I lost the world title. Antonio Tarver beat me. I had a shocking night. It's history. Now I get the chance to get my title back."

Should Green beat Cameron it would be the fourth version of a world title he has held.

Cameron, 34, has been angling to fight Green for more than two years after dropping from heavyweight to cruiserweight.

Cameron, who has a 29-2 record, last fought as a heavyweight, knocking American Monte Barrett out in July,

"It's bad for (Tarver), bloody good for me," Cameron said of the opportunity.

"I'm ready. I'm going there to win."

Melbourne super-featherweight Will Tomlinson will defend his IBO world title on the undercard against Panama's Irving Barry.

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