Go for a knockout, Green tells Alex
BOXING: Danny Green still has painful memories of being robbed of a world title in Germany a decade ago.
Rated one of Australia's gutsiest fighters, Green has warned countryman Alex Leapai that anything less than a knockout against towering Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko will not be good enough to create boxing history in April.
The Logan father of six has the opportunity to become a boxing icon against the 1.98cm Klitschko, the longest-running IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion in the sport. And from his own experience of fighting in Germany, Green said Leapai would need to take the decision out of the judges' hands.
Green's 17th professional fight was against German super-middleweight world champion Markus Beyer in Zwickau in 2003.
Beyer's camp thought they had lined up a bunny even though the young Australian had won his first 16 fights.
"They thought I'd be an easy opponent," Green told APN, recalling his controversial loss and how in his opinion he was cheated out of a world title.
"I dropped him in round one and nearly knocked him out, round two. I dropped him in round three, round four and totally dominated until we clashed heads in the fifth and got disqualified. He was out on his feet and the fight was about to be stopped.
"The ringside doctor, who worked for the promoter, overruled the referee. It was disgraceful, deplorable."
During a session on the heavy bag in Brisbane yesterday, Leapai was grateful when told Green was in his corner, and said he would take his advice.
"You know what, I don't think we'll need the judges," grinned Leapai, now in full training for the April 26 showdown that could make him a boxing celebrity.
Experienced trainer Noel Thornberry said Leapai packed a punch that would knock out any fighter in the world.
"Alex will have to take some punishment to get inside Klitschko's reach, but boxing is the pain game," Thornberry said.
"It doesn't matter who Alex fights, if he hits them clean, the fight is over - that includes Klitschko or any heavyweight in the world.
"He's the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division in the world today."