A quite incredible fight comes from Western Australia on Wednesday evening, although it’s a pretty typical “home fighter faces American ‘star’” fare they both come into the ring with absolutely identical statistics matching off against each other, both of their records stand at 31 wins and five losses, both fight orthodox, both have lost to Antonio Tarver within their past five fights, and both are 39 years old.
The fight is being fought at a catchweight of 185 pounds.
Green, who has hinted that this may be his last fight, is trying to move back to light heavyweight with this one, facing American journeyman Danny Santiago, although a good club, certainly nothing that should threaten Green, the last three decent fighters Santiago faced have been Zsolt Erdei, Antonio Tarver, and Beibut Shumenov. They stopped him in eight, four, and nine, in that order and he has been stopped in every defeat he has had.
Despite suffering defeats to Antonio Tarver and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in his past two bouts, Green has said he is feeling better than ever for this one and I’ve got no doubts he’ll want to go out on a victory if he is to retire.
Santiago can’t be in the best of conditions given he has taken in a 40 hour plane flight to get here this week but the Bronx Bomber has said it won’t affect him and he plans on making his fight against the Green Machine as short as possible at Challenge Stadium on Wednesday, that’s something quite hard for anyone to envisage considering he hasn’t stopped anyone for 6 years and that was Mike Bonislawski who carried a 18-20 record.
Green will win the fight but punters won’t get rich at backing him at 1/16, you can get 2/5 about the stoppage and that looks good enough given Greens power and Santiagos record in fights like this, if round betting becomes available I’d advise to go in at any point around the Round 4 or 5 mark.