Australia’s Danny Green is taking a keen interest in next month’s bout between American superstars Roy Jones Jnr and Bernard Hopkins, one of whom he has already fought and the other who he still hopes to fight.
Green is currently preparing for his April 14 IBO cruiserweight world title defence against Puerto Rican Manny Siaca in Perth.
While his focus is on that contest, Green admits he will take an interest in the April 3 clash in Las Vegas between Jones, who he stopped in one round in Sydney last December, and Hopkins.
After demolishing multi-division world title winner Jones, Green was on the verge of bringing former long-standing middleweight champion Hopkins to Australia.
However, Hopkins ultimately opted for a re-match with Jones rather than accept a lucrative deal to fight Green.
Asked if he will keep one eye on the Jones-Hopkins clash at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Green stated “of course I will”.
“I just want to watch it … it will be interesting to see what happens,” he said.
“I had an agreement (with Hopkins) and he moved the goalposts but obviously I will watch it with interest.
“I can guarantee that he won’t get knocked out in one round.”
Green has been sparring with rising Sydney stars Dominic Vea and Zac Awad in preparation for the bout with Siaca.
While Green will start a clear favourite against Siaca, who took away Anthony Mundine’s WBA super middleweight world title in Sydney in 2004, he warned of the consequences of not being switched on for that fight.
“If you go into a fight mentally a little bit too relaxed and overconfident – as one might be after destroying Roy Jones in one round – you can run into an absolute nightmare,” Green said.
“I’m very mentally focused and mentally strong. It’s going to open up massive doors for him financially, a hungry fighter is a very dangerous fighter.”