* Green vs Cameron Time:
6PM Melbourne Time, 2am EAST (USA)
Broadcast:Main Event PPV
* The time above is relective of the fight card. Actual start time for the main event, Green vs Cameron, will probably be 8-9PM local time and 5-6AM EST (USA).
The bout will take place at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Australia and the winner will be crowned the new IBO Cruiserweight Champion.
The belt became vacant when 'Rocky Balboa' star Antonio Tarver was stripped after testing positive for the Anabolic Steroid Drostanolone following his split decision draw with Lateef Kayode on June 2nd. In fact, the title Green is fighting for tonight is the very belt he forfeited to Tarver after being viciously knocked out by the American in July 2011.
When asked, Green said he has "no idea" whether Antonio Tarver was on steroids when he took the IBO title in July last year and he bears him no ill will. "I lost the world title, Antonio Tarver beat me, and I had a shocking night, it's history" Green said. "Now I get the chance to get my title back."
After losing to Tarver, Danny Green attempted to win the WBC's version of the cruiserweight title in November by challenging Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. Ahead on the scorecards (97-93 twice and 96-93), Green was seemingly caught by surprise and starched by a wicked combination from the Polish slugger.
This past summer, Danny Green stated:
"In my last fight, I was a round away from becoming a world champion for the fourth time, from taking the cruiserweight title from Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. My form in this preparation still suggests I'm not fighting past my use-by date."
In his most recent bout in July, the 39 year old Australian proved he was still a force to be reckoned with by pulverizing gritty journeyman Danny Santiago. The popular Australian, looking more like an action hero than a 39 year old veteran, scored four knockdowns in thoroughly dominating his foe before ending matters in Round 5.
Video: Danny Green KOs Danny Santiago in Round 5 - July 2012
So what will be in store for Shane Cameron tonight?
"The fighter in me wanted to make this fight with Cameron. He iced Dominic Vea and he iced Monte Barrett. This is no cordial affair - He either wins by knockout or loses by knockout. This is real," Danny Green said.
The Book on Shane Cameron
Kiwi Shane Cameron is no ordinary fighter. A professional of ten years, Shane campaigned primarily as a small heavyweight and 28 of his 31 pro fights are in that division. Tonight, the fighter who has typically weighed roughly 228 lbs / 103.4 kg for his bouts, will enter the ring an at official weight of 195.1 lbs/88.49 kg.
Cameron's record is fairly impressive but he boasts only one win over a 'name' fighter. In his most recent outing in July, he annihilated Monte Barrett by unleashing a nasty right hand. It was a one-punch knockout - But will a lighter Shane possess that kind of power as a cruiserweight?
The other high-profile fighters to have faced the Kiwi, Friday Ahunanya and David Tua, stopped Shane within the distance.
Tua, arguably one of the hardest punching heavyweights ever, pummeled Cameron inside of two rounds in 2009 in a bout where Shane was virtually iced from the beginning. However, Cameron was ahead on all cards before getting stopped in the final stanza by Friday Ahunanya in 2007.
Can the unheralded Shane Cameron become the first New Zealand fighter to win a world title in many years?
Video: Shane Cameron Demolishes Monte Barrett With One Punch - July 2012
His manager Ken Reinsfield believes so and is very confident about Cameron's chances tonight.
"I said to Shane this week during training, that you look so good, you just look like one tough, mean bastard and I can't wait for the fight" Reinsfield said.
In response, Green's manager, Angelo Hyder, added, "Just as Ken said about Shane, I feel the same way about Greeny. I think both guys look in great shape and are ready to go, I can't wait."
Will Size Matter?
Although Danny Green and Shane Cameron are comparable in weight, Cameron is naturally bigger and, having campaigned at heavyweight most of his career, is used to fighting men taller and heavier than Green, who is essentially a blown-up super middleweight.
When asked about the size implications, Danny Green acknowledged that fighting a naturally bigger and perhaps stronger man with decent punching power will be a risky endeavor.
"It is a massive difference and a massive advantage," Green said. "I expect Shane, a man of his size, to tip the scales at 96kg minimum by the time of the fight while I'll tip them at 86.5kg maybe."
"It's the catchweight and it's been going on forever, Sugar Ray Leonard did it against Donny Lalonde and Tommy Hearns, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather have all fought at a catchweight."
Green added, "He is the number nine Heavyweight in the world. He's a monster, I'm the one putting my balls on the line fighting a Heavyweight."
Will Green vs Cameron be the 39 year old Australian's final bout?
Green vs Cameron Undercard
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Junior Welterweight Bout
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Super Middleweight Bout (75kgs)
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Welterweight Bout (65kgs)
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More Green vs Cameron Facts
- Cameron is 3-0, 1 KOs as a cruiseweight
- Danny Green made a name for himself as a super middleweight , two divisions below his current cruiserweight division
- Green is currently No. 10 on FightSaga's Top Cruiserweights list
- Shane Cameron's heaviest fight weight was 237½ lbs/ 107.7 kg against Colin Wilson in 2005 - A far cry from his weight official tonight (195 lbs/88.49 kg)
- Danny Green is only 1-2 in his last three bouts
- Cameron is on a 6-fight win streak
- Danny Green has wins over several 'name' opponents including the great Roy Jones Jr (TKO 1, 2009), Paul Briggs (UD 12, 2010) Eric Lucas (TKO 6, 2003)
- Green's KO percentage is 77 while Cameron sports a 71% KO to fights ratio
- Green vs Cameron = A big, blown-up super middleweight vs a small/moderate sized heavyweight
- Of his 29 bouts, Shane has been successful in winning most of the action in each fight sans one (David Tua)