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Referee Howard Foster holds aloft Danny Green s arm after his win over BJ Flores last November
Lee Griffith/WA News Referee Howard Foster holds aloft Danny Green's arm after his win over BJ Flores last November

Antonio Tarver has started the trash talk before his big fight with Danny Green - labelling Perth's IBO cruiserweight champion "the Garbageman" who has been snacking on easy pickings.

The American also rubbished Green's famous one-round demolition of Roy Jones Jr 16 months ago by saying the former ring great had been "propped up" just to give the West Aussie a decent name on his CV.

Green makes his fifth title defence against Tarver at Sydney's Entertainment Centre on July 20.

And the "Magic Man" says he is ready to bring down the curtain on the champion's 10-year professional career.

"Danny Green was a helluva super-middleweight and a good light-heavyweight, but cruiserweight? Come on," Tarver said.

"Instead of 'the Green Machine' they should be calling him 'the Garbageman' because all he’s doing is feasting on has beens."

Tarver is not alone in questioning the quality of recent Green victims Manny Siaca and, in particular, Paul Briggs.

But last time out Green scored an impressive points win over previously unbeaten BJ Flores, and besides, at 42 and with just one outing in two years, many fans would put Tarver in the "has been" category too.

A mistake, says the former undisputed light-heavyweight world champion hailed for his second-round knockout of a near-peak Jones Jr seven years ago but whose two losses to Chad Dawson in 2008 and 2009 seemed to indicate his time at the top was over.

"A lot of people said it was sad to see what I did to Roy Jones back in 2004 when I took his chin and removed him from the elite level, but it was sadder to see him propped up for Danny Green five years later just so he could have a big name on his resume," said Tarver, whose record is 28 wins, with 19 KOs, and six losses.

"He's attempting to do the same with me but the difference is I'm no Roy Jones Jr. He picked the wrong guy. This is a fight he should have never taken.

"I’m coming to Australia with a sense of urgency, knowing that I have to take it out of the judges' hands. In order to secure victory, I have to knock him out."

Green, 38, has won 31 of his 34 bouts, including 27 inside the distance.