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Danny Green Faces Paul Murdoch For Regional Aussie Belts

19.01.07 - Danny Green defends his IBF Pan Pacific Light Heavyweight title against Pan Asian Boxing Association champion Paul Murdoch at the Melbourne State Netball and Hockey Centre this Sunday, January 21. The bout is seen as a step up light heavyweight rankings as Green continues to target WBA Champion Silvio Branco but Team Green isn't underestimating the heavy handed Murdoch..

Said Green's manager Justin Manolikos, "We're not looking past this fight with Paul Murdoch, he's a very tough, experienced fighter who went 11 rounds with WBO Champion Zsolt Erdei in Erdei's backyard. It's going to be a tough fight, Murdoch is quite heavy fisted but we certainly believe that Dan has the tools to take care of him."

Green won the WBC Interim belt as a super middleweight but came up short against Anthony Mundine last year in Australia's highest ever grossing boxing match. Since then the Perth puncher has moved to light heavyweight, knocking out Jason DeLisle in thrilling fashion, and Manolikos is confident of Green's chances at the higher weight.

"Danny is one of the fittest fighters out there and also one of the strongest pound for pound in regards to punching power," he said. "We don't believe that by going up a division, he'd lose any of his advantages; putting on those three extra kilos just allows him to be bigger and stronger. We believe he still clearly has those advantages, and can certainly dominate most light heavyweights out there."

Team Green is banking on WBA Champion Silvio Branco defeating challenger Stipe Drews in February, setting up another world title opportunity for "The Green Machine".

"We had Danny lined up to fight Silvio Branco when the Italian was interim champion," said Manolikos. "But full champion Fabrice Tiozzo retired, Branco had to make his first defense against the number one contender, Stipe Drews.

"So, we had to look at other ways to get Danny up the rankings and in the meantime hope that Branco wins. Both Danny and Paul Murdoch are ranked in the WBA so whoever wins this fight can expect to move up into the top five. All going to plan, Branco fights Stipe Drews on February 24 in Germany, and if he wins, we believe that Branco will then agree to come to Australia and fight Danny."

Green Machine Promotions present "Lights Out" featuring Danny Green vs. Paul Murdoch for the IBF Pan Pacific and PABA Light Heavyweight Championship belts along with full undercard at the Melbourne State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday, January 21. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com.au

Article posted on 19.01.2007



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