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Jones-Lacy headline Aug. 15 PPV in Biloxi - Boxing

BILOXI, Miss. (July 23, 2009) -- “Hook City” has gone green, using Australian import and 2-time world champion Danny “Green Machine” Green, that is, and environmental issues aside, rest assured, Al Gore will not be working his corner August 15th in Biloxi.

Green fights South American champion Julio Cesar “La Furia” Dominguez in the 12-round co-feature for the vacant IBO cruiserweight championship. The “Hook City” pay-per-view show, headlined by two of the best left-hook punchers in boxing, 8-time world boxing champion Roy “Captain Hook” Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and former 2-time super middleweight title-holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs, will air live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

The “Hook City” pay-per-view show, presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, is being distributed by Square Ring Promotions, Inc. at 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT in North America on cable and satellite via iNDemand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network for a suggested retail price of $34.95.

Jones, who has been world champion in four divisions (middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight), has spoken about possibly fighting Green for the one weight-class title RJJ hasn’t captured between 160 and 201+ – cruiserweight -- provided he gets past Lacy and Green defeats Dominguez.

WBA rated No. 4 Green (26-3, 23 KOs) has fought only once as a pro in the United States, seven years ago, when he stopped Rhon Roberts in the third round of their fight on the Kostya Tszyu-Ben Tackie undercard in Las Vegas. A 2000 Australian Olympian, the rugged “Down Under” fighter captured the IBF Interim super middleweight belt in 2003, registering a sixth-round TKO against Eric Lucas in Canada. Four years later, Danny won the WBA light heavyweight crown at home in Perth by 12-round decision versus Stipe Drews.

“I’m very, very excited about fighting in the United States again,” Green said. “I can’t wait. I’ve trained in America, LA and Miami, about 10 times. I have fond memories of fighting in America. The day after my fight, I married my girlfriend in Las Vegas at the Elvis Presley Chapel and Elvis Presley (impersonator) married us.”

Green retired after the Drews fight and he then demonstrated his fancy footwork on the Australian version of “Dancing With The Stars,” eventually finishing as the runner-up. “It was extremely close and I nearly took it all,” he noted. “I had a lot of fun doing it. I was a token celebrity. I laughed my way all the way through it. I must have gotten five or six standing ovations. I’m laid back and can laugh at myself. I think Australians related to me. If you dance around in tights with an exposed shaven chest and don’t find it humorous…there has to be something wrong with you.”

Last April, Green made a successful comeback, knocking out Anthony van Niekerk in the second round. “I’m a fighter, mate,” Danny explained his reason to comeback. “I still can’t put a finger on why I retired. I woke-up one morning and just had it in my head. My dad always said to follow through with what you were feeling. I nearly came back 2-3 months earlier than I did, but I was worried about what people would think. I finally decided that I didn’t care what anybody thought. I had unfinished business and a lot to offer to the sport. I live clean, take good care of myself, and love the sport. Now, everything is fantastic. I’m fighting August 15th in America, where the pulse of the sport is, and if I defeat my opponent, I’ll have an opportunity to fight the great Roy Jones, Jr. in Australia, if he defeats Lacy.”

Dominquez (20-4-1) will be fighting in the U.S. for the first time, having worked outside of his native Argentina only twice, in the Ukraine and Germany. He won the vacant South American light heavyweight title last November, knocking out Martin Abel Bruer in the fifth round, followed by a fourth-round TKO victory against Claudio Sergio Palacio this past May in his last action.

“People don’t know what it’s like to fight the first time for a world title,” Green continued. “I can’t put a statistic on how much hunger improves a fighter. I remember my first title fight against (2003) against (WBC super middleweight champion) Markus Beyer in Germany. I dropped him twice. I was beating him from pillar to post until they disqualified me. It was ridiculous. In the next fight, though, I went to Montreal and beat Eric Lucas in front of thousands of screaming French-Canadians for the (Interim) WBC belt.

“Dominguez is going to be very hungry. I have to concentrate on him 100-percent and defeat him in a good showing. If I don’t do that there will be no fight against Roy Jones, Jr. That’s my dream fight. If I don’t beat him, no Roy Jones, Jr. and my career will probably be over. Dominguez can punch. He’s the South American light heavyweight champ fighting for the IBO cruiserweight title. Hey, I don’t have to starve myself anymore to get down to light heavyweight. He can punch and bang. He’s got skills and sets everything up with his jab. But he has to set his feet before he throws and, when that happens, I’ve got to bang him. I have power, too, with 23 knockouts in my 26 wins. Even though he doesn’t have world title experience, he has balls and so do I. We’re both putting them on the line for the American people. The style we employ won’t be pitter-patter; one of us is getting knocked out and I’m preparing so it won’t be me. Tell American fights fans that Danny Green is coming!”

Lightweight contender Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough (21-1-2, 7 KOs), former NABA and USBA champion, is also scheduled to fight on the PPV card in a 10-round bout.

All bouts are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $150.00, $125.00, $100.00, $75.00, $50.00 & $25.00 are on sale and available at all Ticketmaster locations by calling 800.745.3000, on line at Ticketmaster.com and at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum box office.

Article posted on 24.07.2009



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