Green keen for swan song to end on high
Green keen for swan song to end on high

Danny Green goes to the mountain for probably the final time tonight, determined to topple confident Kiwi Shane Cameron and sign off with another title.

The pair meet at Melbourne's Hisense Arena, with Green in all likelihood hanging up the gloves after the contest even if he doesn't make the farewell official.

Cameron last night made a mockery of fears he would look drawn in making the agreed 89kg limit - the official cruiserweight limit is 90.7kg.

The 35-year-old, whose last outing was at heavyweight five months ago, appeared strong when tipping the scales at 88.5kg, while Green a short while later came in at 87.15kg.

Cameron, who said he spent hours in a hot bath to sweat out the final kilograms, didn't plan to go "too crazy" over food in the next 24 hours.

"I'll eat what I feel like and get some fluids," he said.

Earlier, the usually chilled Green beckoned to Cameron "let's see what you've got, big boy" and the intensity as the two posed face to face was genuine.

"I don't care what Danny Green's plans are or how he approaches the fight, once I land one on him he's in for a hard night," said Cameron, who boasts 22 early wins in his record of 29 victories and two losses.

Tonight's bout is for the International Boxing Organisation belt, a title not seen as one of the "Big Four" globally, but whose championship both fighters say they'll cherish.

"This is a huge fight for New Zealand, it's what I've worked my career for - a world-title fight against a world-famous fighter," said Cameron, whose support ringside will include former All Black great Jonah Lomu.

"The last time we had a New Zealand fighter fight for a world title was David Tua, who fought Lennox Lewis for the heavyweight title in 2000.

"But he was born in Samoa. The last New Zealand-born fighter to fight for a world title was over 100 years ago."

Green, who has held titles at super-middle, light-heavy and cruiserweight, said New Zealand should brace for disappointment.

"They always want to beat us, it's natural, they're our little cousin," the 39-year-old said.

"But it's not going to happen. I know this is a genuine 50-50 'pick-em' fight but I'll become a four-time world champion at the end of it."

"I don't care what Danny Green's plans are … once I land one on him he's in for a hard night."" Kiwi boxer *Shane Cameron *

The West Australian

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