Danny Green expects his fight for the International Boxing Organisation cruiserweight title to be his last professional bout, though he'll never officially hang up the gloves.
Green, whose retirement plan in 2008 lasted a year before he was back in the ring, said beating New Zealand's Shane Cameron at Melbourne's Hisense Arena on November 21 would be the perfect way to end his stellar career.
But the 39-year-old, who had shed tears when announcing his quickly aborted retirement four years ago, indicated there would be no grand farewell to the sport this time.
"I'm pretty sure this will be my last fight but I will never say 'that's it, I've retired'," he told _The West Australian _yesterday. "I'm kind of banking on this being my last fight. The ultimate way for me to retire is for people to say 'I'd love to see that bloke fight one more time'. "
Five years Green's junior, Cameron is a bigger man who has spent most of his career at heavyweight.
He twice fought on the undercard to Green fights in 2010 as he sought to set up a showdown with the West Australian.
But after Cameron's uninspiring points wins over Daniel Ammann and Anthony McCracken, Green turned to Antonio Tarver, who won by stoppage to claim the IBO cruiserweight belt.
Tarver's subsequent suspension for a positive drugs test after his draw with Lateef Kayode three months ago has paved the way for Green to fight again for the now vacant IBO strap.
Although Tarver has denied knowingly taking a banned drug, Green said the American's performance might have been enhanced illegally on the night he delivered a ninth-round technical knockout.
Green was suspicious of the amount of weight Tarver lost between initial promotion engagements and fight night.
He 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."
Cameron has twice been stopped in a career that includes 29 wins, 22 via the short route.
Green is wary of the Kiwi's punching power after watching American Monte Barrett crumble in two rounds against him in July.
"When I saw his last performance when he iced Monte Barrett, it got me thinking," Green said.
"The fighter in me is starting to get excited again and I'm thinking 'I wonder if I can avoid that happening to me and can I do it to him?' "
Cameron is likely to be close to the 90.7kg cruiserweight limit when he enters the ring with Green aiming to tip the scales at 87kg.
"I know I've got the edge in speed and I've got to have that on tap," Green said.
"I'm pretty sure this will be my last fight but I will never say 'that's it, I've retired'."" *Danny Green *