The Australian Legend is Back - Danny Green to Fight for WBC Title in NovemberWritten by Lee Cleveland
Danny Green has decided to fight Poland's Krzysztof Wlodarczyk instead of exercising his rematch clause with Antonio Tarver.
Yes, to the dismay of some and surprise of many, Australian boxing legend and former IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green (31-4, 27 KO) is preparing for a showdown with Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 32 KO) for Wlodarczyk's WBC Cruiserweight title.
Can Green even pronounce 'Krzysztof Wlodarczyk?'
In a press conference announcing the fight, Green claimed that making a rematch with Tarver would be no easy task, stating the American had threatened three times to pull out of their first fight.
"Tarver is a very complicated guy," Green said. "He's cagier outside the ring than he was inside the ring, so that will give you an indication of just how hard the guy is to deal with."
So this is the toughest fight available right now," Green stated. "Yes, I want to avenge the Tarver loss but after our fight he went off chasing (fellow cruiserweight) Denis Lebedev. It never came off so he hopped on to Twitter and tried to start things up with us again."
Regardless of what the Australian legend says, the fact is Green isn't ready to rumble with Tarver again - At least not yet. In addition, having the WBC belt in his possession would certainly give Green added leverage should his team wish negotiate a rematch with Tarver in 2012.
Who is Krzysztof Wlodarczyk?
Wlodarczyk, despite not being a household name in boxing, has lost just twice and drawn once in 48 professional fights. He has fought only five times outside of Poland and, for the exception of the Steve Cunningham (the current IBF Cruiserweight titlist), his record is without any recognizable opponents. Wlodarczyk lost a split deision to Cunningham in 2006 but evened the score a year later by winning a majority decision. He also drew against Giacobbe Fragomeni (then 26-1) before defeating him via an 8th Round TKO in their rematch a year later.
In his fight before last, the Pole won a unanimous decision over Jason Robinson (then 19-5) – a recent sparring partner of Danny Green's.
Believe It or Not....
In Wlodarczyk's last fight, he was awarded a 'gift' split decision in his native Poland against a Puerto Rican named Francisco Palacios. According to reports, there was so much outrage over the decision that a Polish boxing fan started an online petition demanding a rematch.
FightSaga has accessed the petition for your review.
Despite his reputation, or lack thereof, its conceivable the 29 year old Pol will be the favorite early on. The defending champion posseses an excellent record, has KO'd 67% of his opponents and has a win over a current champion (Steve Cunningham) while Danny Green, 38, is coming off a knockout loss. Furthermore, RingTV ranks Krzysztof Wlodarczyk No. 3 among cruiserweights, even higher than Roy Jones conqueror Denis Lebedev (No. 4).
After learning Green would not be his next opponent, Tarver tweeted, "Safe fight... I guess you know when (you're) over your head. If and when you win, do me a favour (and) hand over the belt."
Danny Green challenges Krzysztof Wlodarczyk for Wlodarczyk's WBC Cruiserweight title November 30th at Challenge Stadium, Mt Claremont, Western Australia, Australia.
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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