Green vs Flores on Wednesday

Eugene Carnachan - Tonight BJ Flores 24 (KO 15) + lost 0 (KO 0) + drawn 1 and Danny Green 30 (KO 27) + lost 3 (KO 0) go head to head at Challenge Stadium, Mt Claremont, Western Australia. Greens home patch.

The fight is for Greens IBO Cruiserweight belt.

Greens last two outings have been the blowout of faded legend Roy Jones Junior and the farcical outing against and even more faded and cerebrally challenged Paul Briggs.

Flores as an opponent was enlisted to provide stern opposition to a fighter, Green, whose once impervious domestic reputation is somewhat dented and in need of panel beating given the nature of his last two fights..

Flores hasnít fought since August of 2009; a win over Argentinean Epifanio Mendoza.

However Flores hasnít been inactive in the last fourteen months and has spent time as a sparring partner with David Haye and one time light heavyweight king Chad Dawson.

Flores has also served time as the principle sparring partner with the likes of Hasim Rahman, Sergei Liakhovich and Ruslan Chagaev.

Comparatively, compared to Green, Flores has far more experience in dealing with big fighters. Flores 2003 professional debut was at heavyweight. Fighting sixteen times as a heavyweight before seeing riper career pickings in the cruiserweight division given the size of modern heavies; particularly those from Eastern Europe.

Green debuted as a middleweight. Flores will not be intimidated by Green.

Missing from Flores resume is a big name. Flores has fought a lot of mid-range to lower tier opposition; fighters primarily of this level. Green far outstrips Flores in the level of opposition faced.

In 2003 Green was the interim WBC super middleweight champion after stopping Canadian Eric Lucas. In 2007 Green beat Stipe Drews winning from Drews his WBA World light heavyweight title. Greens only losses have come against champions in Marcus Beyer (twice) and fellow Australian Anthony Mundine.

Flores understands Greens record reads far superior to his. He wants Green to be the fighter and name that takes his career into the upper echelons of the sport.

In Green, Flores will be fighting a renowned slugger. That said there is method to Greens aggression and while he looks to pressure fight he too has very good base skills. He will need them.

Flores is a big cruiserweight. He struggles to make the two hundred pound (200 lb) limit. Green on the other hand has fought his last two fights, Jones and Briggs, at one hundred and eighty five pounds (185 lb).

It is expected his weight will be the same for this fight. Flores post weigh in, hydrated and eating properly, could enter the ring at around 210-215 pounds. Giving him a weight advantage of around twenty pounds.

In Sundays bout between Pacman and Margarito the latter had a similar weight advantage. Pacman was able to negate the weight disparity with speed. Green will not be able to employ the same type of speed Pacman did (but who can) and he instead will look to smother and outwork Flores.

Flores will look to make use of his weight advantage. He will try to bully the smaller Green. The approach of both men will see a lot of leather traded.

Greens chin has stood the test of time. Flores hasnít been in the dog fights Green has and so the question of how sturdy his whiskers are is yet to be determined.

Given Greens volume punching style that very question will be answered and the answer could be the significant determinant in the outcome of the fight. If Greens power cannot keep Flores at bay the weight advantage and power of the much bigger man may prove a difficult proposition for Green to handle.

Flores covets recognition as one of the premiere fighters in the sport.

Flores is known as a very astute self-promoter. Very media savvy and articulate Flores can be seen as a commentator on ESPNs Friday Night Fights. Itís now time for Flores to convert the self-promotion and ring side astuteness into in the results he covets.

Many think this fight will be a one sided cake walk for Green. Can Flores win this fight? If he can walk through Greens power I think so. I think the size advantage is to big a bridge for Green to cross.

Article posted on 17.11.2010

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