Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Paul Briggs challenges Danny Green

Shadow Boxer's very own PAUL "Hurricane" Briggs is back - determined to give fight fans the one blockbuster he could never organise on The Contender.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal Briggs, the bruising light-heavyweight who retired in 2007, is on the cusp of inking "a fight Australia wants to see" against IBO world cruiserweight champion Danny Green.

"Twice I've tried to fight Danny in the past and twice I've been denied.

"OK, so he wasn't dodging me, he legitimately had other things on his radar. But he doesn't have anything else on right now.

"So let's get it on. Because I know there's been talk about Green and Anthony Mundine but, mate, I commentated that fight and it was ordinary. Why would people want to see a rematch? This is about two natural punchers going at it ... it's a guaranteed ball-tearer."

A champion kickboxer in his youth, Briggs twice fought Polish brawler Tomasz Adamek for the WBC light-heavyweight title in bloody, brutal encounters. And the orthodox fighter, who most recently worked as a trainer on reality TV series The Contender, said he had no concerns about taking on Green despite his three years spent outside the ring.

"I'm a natural puncher. I'll be 80 and knocking blokes out," he said.

"You look at those Adamek fights, I tortured the guy. Gave him two massive fights and he's since gone on to become a three-time world champion, a bloke who has slayed them all.

"As for getting in shape, that won't be a problem either. That's the difference between natural fighters and those who train for it. Natural fighters, guys like myself or Garth Wood, we can jump out of bed any day of the week and be ready to go. (of course he also has a secret weapon to help get fighting fit...but then we would say that!)

"So I don't need any warm up fights. Don't need time to get myself organised. I can be in a car tomorrow headed for Sydney if we can get this deal across the line and do something positive for Australian fight fans."

"I mean, for the past couple of years I've had people asking me to come out of retirement. Saying 'when will you fight Choc or Danny Green?

"That's why I'm doing everything in my power to get this across the line. Sure, I'm taking this fight for me, no one else. But if there's one thing I've learnt about Aussie sports fans it's that they love seeing two Aussies go hard at it. Who wouldn't?"

Article courtesy of Nick Walshaw From The Daily Telegraph posted on Paul Briggs website The8Count