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Green Machine powers on

By Adrian Warren 21/12/2003 08:28:55 PM Comments (0)

Danny Green's devastating right hand carried him to the World Boxing Council interim super middleweight title and prompted trainer Jeff Fenech to challenge Anthony Mundine and the rest of the division.

Green's sixth round stoppage of Canadian Eric Lucas in Montreal set up a February 28 re-match with German Markus Beyer, who scored a controversial disqualification victory over the Australian in his previous title attempt back in August.

Lucas, whose only two previous stoppage losses occurred in the 12th round, was unable to continue after Green jolted him with a right uppercut 26 seconds from the end of round six and then floored him with a cluster of follow-up right hand blows.

After clearly losing the first two rounds, the 30-year-old Sydney-based West Australian turned the fight around as he started to find his range with stiff left jabs and clubbing right hands.

"I realise I'd lost the first two rounds and I had to dig deep and grit my teeth and start working and believing in myself," Green said.

"I hit him with the jab and it was working beautifully and then the right hand started to work and the fight started to turn.

"I realise I could see his punches coming and I was hitting him and the fight turned and I was starting to get on top and it gave me the confidence to go out there and go hard.

"After round five Jeff (Fenech) said `Greeny, Greeny, do me a favour hit him for three minutes' and I went out there and hit him a couple of times and that was it mate, the fight was done, he retired, he didn't want any more."

Green looked tentative through the first two rounds as Lucas beat him to the punch and connected with several scoring blows at close quarters.

"We changed our plan at the end of the second round, I told him we'd lost two rounds and we'd have to change and he listened as usual," Fenech said.

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