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A world of opportunities has opened up for Danny Green after his first-round blitz of Roy Jones Jr to retain his International Boxing Organisation cruiserweight title.

Although Green could think only of a weekend with his family at the local surf club in Perth, his trainer Angelo Hyder said his charge would be hot property on the international scene.

Green bucked the odds in sensational fashion to demolish Jones inside a round at Sydney's Acer Arena and he wanted to savour the moment before considering what might lie ahead.

But Hyder said Green's destruction of one of the sport's greats would open doors to more big bouts against name fighters.

Hyder said Bernard Hopkins, who will fight Mexico's Enrique Ornelas in Philadelphia today and had been scheduled to meet Jones in March, could be on the cards and also mentioned ageing former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

He also said Jones might want a rematch, though he admitted Anthony Mundine, who beat Green in 2006, was looking more unlikely.

"Australia would like to see Anthony Mundine but I think Anthony is going to go down another path (to junior-middleweight)," Hyder said.

"Danny's got no problem with heavyweights. He's got the speed and he can match it with them for strength. People might say OK let's do it again (against Jones) if there's nothing else out there.

"People will want to see if it was a fluke but that was no lucky punch . . . it was executed to a tee."

Hopkins had taunted Green, claiming he had not beaten anyone of note. But Green was delighted to have sent a powerful message to the United States.

"Bernard Hopkins just s… his pants," Green said of the prospect of facing the ageing warrior.

Green also had a message for those who had written him off.

"No one has knocked out Roy Jones Jr in one round," Green said. "On my night I will knock out anyone. I just proved it.

"I know I'm not the greatest fighter that's ever lived but I just proved and solidified my legacy as one of the greatest fighters this country has produced. I'm pumped and I should be because I worked very hard."

Green admitted he had not imagined the fight would be over so soon, despite his faith in a snake and hammer fight plan - a snaking jab, followed by a hammer of a right hand.

"I'm just very, very proud to have pulled off, I think, one of the greatest victories in Australian boxing history," he said.

"Roy Jones is one of the greatest fighters to have ever lived. When he took his robe off I saw he wasn't warm. He didn't have an ounce of sweat on him and I think he figured he's going to go 12 hard rounds.

"I realised he was going to get faster once he warmed up so I thought I don't want this locomotion to start chugging along. I want to stop him."

Green said he had been thinking about going to the surf club with his daughter throughout his gruelling, seven-week preparation.

"You know what? I chase the sun for a while," he said when asked what he would do next.

The West Australian

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