Danny Green vs Danny Santiago | Preview and Fight CardWritten by Lee Cleveland
Tonight, three-division world champion Danny Green (31-5, 27 KO) makes his return to the ring for the first time in 8 months when he faces tough American journeyman Danny Santiago at Challenge Stadium.
Tonight's bout will likely be 39 year old Green's last in his hometown of Perth - the site for so many of his fights in his 37-bout, 11 year pro career.
Can the Australian fight legend rebound from two back-to-back knockout loses to Antonio Tarver and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk last year and forge onward to become a fixture again at the highest levels of boxing - Or will this bout mark the end of an era in the sport?
Green's opponent, 39 year old Danny Santiago from the Bronx, NY, is pugilistic journeyman who has won 31 of 37 bouts and recorded 19 knockouts. He sports a draw and all five of his loses have come via knockout.
Expect the American, who has a history of falling short against elite opponents, to have his hands full with Danny Green if the Australian is not fighting past his use-by date.
But Danny Santiago has been in this position before and relishes the opportunity to spoil Green's Perth farewell.
"When I signed the contract I knew where I was coming, I didn't have a fantasy that people were going to cheer for me. If this is his last fight, then I've come here to spoil his last fight in his home town.
That's just the nature of the game." Santiago added the final pre-fight presser.
Green responded, "There's no animosity, there's no disrespect, I don't have to dislike this guy to try and knock him unconscious," "I'll do whatever it takes on Wednesday night to do that and I'm sure he's exactly the same."
A Lean and Mean Danny Green?
Danny Green, who weighed 89.5 (199 lbs) and 90.3kg (197¼), respectively, for his most recent bouts against Tarver and Wlodarczyk last year, tipped the scales at a lean 84.4kg (186 lbs).
Santiago, who weighed in at 84.5kg (186.3 lbs) for tonight's bout, tipped the scales at 80.3 kg (177.5 lbs) and 78.5 kg (173 lbs) for his most recent bouts against Billy Bailey in 2010 and Beibut Shumenov last year.
The naturally bigger of the two, a lighter Green is perhaps more nimble these days and inisits he's feeling better and fresher than at any time last year.
"My speed, my power and my movement is as good as it's ever been," a svelte Green said earlier this week.
Most Recent Bouts Comparison
One similarity the two Danny's have in common is they've faced world champions, albeit in different weight classes, in their most recent bouts.
On November 30, Danny Green lost to then (and current) WBC Cruiserweight Title Holder Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (then 45-2-1, 32 KO) via an 11th Round TKO.
Green appeared to have won Rounds 1 thru 5 but Wlodarczyk got stronger as the bout progressed and battled back to dominate Rounds 7 thru 10 before dispatching Danny in the eleventh. At the time of the stoppage, Green was leading on all three scorecards 97-93 (twice) and 96-93.
And on July 29, an over-matched Danny Santiago was easily defeated by then (and current) WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov (then 11-1, 7 KO).
After easily winnining Rounds 1 thru 6 in what seemed to be little more than a sparring session for him, Shumenov went into overdrive in the seventh. The onslaught continued until the champion eventually forced a stoppage in the ninth, following a series of wicked body shots and power punches to the head that left the already-bruised Santiago defenseless.
The Australian has been campaigning for a possible rematch against longtime rival and fellow countryman Anthony Mundine who defeated 'The Green Machine' in 2006. However, Mundine is seemingly seeking more profitable, higher-profile bouts in lower weight classes.
With the prospects for a Mundine rematch dim, Green may decide to call it quits after facing Santiago tonight.
Green vs Santiago Stats and Tidbits
- Green, who is 6'1"/185cm will have a significant height advantage over Santiago who is 5′ 8½″ / 174cm
- Santiago has lost 3 of his last 5 bouts but all of those losses came against top tier opponents; Beibut Shumenov (TKO by 9), Antonio Tarver (TKO by 4), Zsolt Erdei (TKO by 8)
- Green's finest moment came in December 2009 when he knocked out future hall-of-famer Roy Jones Jr in Round 1 in Sydney
- At 84.5kg (186.3 lbs), Santiago is the heaviest he's ever been for a prizefight
- Danny Green sports a 75% knockouts-to-fights ratio while Santiago's is only 51%
- Green turned pro in 2001, Santiago in 1997
- Both pugilists fight out of an orthodox stance
Broadcast Details: Green vs Santiago can be ordered via Main Event for $49.95.
Start Time: Doors will open at 4.30pm. The first bout will start at 5.30pm and the main event, Green vs Santiago, is expected to commence anywhere between 7:30 and 8:30pm Perth time.
Location: Challenge Stadium, Mt Claremont, Western Australia
Round-by-Round Coverage from Sydney Morning Herald
Green vs Santiago Fight Card
1 . Light heavyweight 4 Rounds
Jeremy Van Diemen v Jason Lord
2 . Cruiserweight bout 4 Rounds
Shane Quinn v Monty Filimea
3.Junior welterweight 4 Rounds
Brandon Ogilvie v Kayne chapman
4. Middleweight 4 Rounds
Wes Capper v David Galvin
5. Featherweight bout 6 Rounds
Matt Garlett v Hwi Jong Kim
6. IBO international Cruiserweight title 10 rounds
Pieter Cronje v Oscar Siale
7.Light Heavyweight bout 10 rounds
Danny Green v Danny Santiago