Green wins IBO crown after Dominguez KO
(by David Prestipino with smh.com.au)
08/16/2009 - A patient and clinical Danny Green put in one of the performances of his career to record a fifth-round stoppage against Argentine Julio Cesar Dominguez in their IBO cruiserweight world title fight in Mississippi this morning.
The dominating win gave the 36-year-old WA boxer an historic third world title in three different weight divisions, after holding the WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight titles.
Green's former trainer Jeff Fenech is the only other Australian to have won world titles in three different divisions.
The win brings closer a lucrative Australian fight for Green against US boxing legend Roy Jones Jr, who was due to fight fellow American Jeff Lacey on the last card of the night.
Green got off to a slow start before his first big right hand towards the end of the first round caught Dominguez flush on the face, with the referee stepping in and ruling a standing 8-count.
From there it was the new Danny Green on show - patient, effective and merciless. The variety and speed of his jabs were proving too much for his Argentine opponent, breaking him down slowly but surely.
Through rounds two to five, Green exerted himself, working the angles while working Dominguez over.
When the Argentine did land a punch, they came back twice as hard and double in kind.
A flurry of exchanges late in the fifth sparked Green into action, knocking Dominguez down with a pulverising left-right combo.
A couple of hard left jabs at 2:53 in the round sent Dominguez to the canvas again before the Argentinian's corner rescued their stricken fighter and threw in the towel as he lay dazed on the floor.
Green's record now stands at 27-3, with 24 KOs, and a fight in Sydney with US boxing legend Jones Jr now looms.
After the fight, Green paid tribute to his opponent.
"This guy was really tough, he needed to be broken down, I needed to pick my shots," Green said.
"He’s a big puncher, I felt his power. He had a dream to win this title, I told him I’d be his Australian nightmare, and he woke up.
"I've worked very hard. I hit too many shots, too many angles."
Green paid tribute to his fans who came to watch.
"I’m so happy, a special thank you to all the Australians who came over. We’re a small contingent but we’re loud," Green said.
"To the people of Mississippi, thank you for the hospitality, you’re wonderful people."
Green said he'd have a drink for the first time in 10 weeks and watch the Jones Jr fight before heading home to his family.
"I’m just pumped and I can’t wait to see my little daughter Chloe, my little boy Archie. I love my kids, I haven't seen them for five weeks," Green said.
"I haven't had a beer for 10 weeks so I'm going to relax, watch the Roy Jones Jr fight."
Green said it was now up to the American boxing legend to win his fight and hold up his end of the bargain.
"I had to my job, I’ve done my half of the bargain, now Roy it’s up to you," Green said ringside after the win.
"If he comes to Australia he won’t get such a nice reception as we’ve got here."
Dominguez hits good body shots on Green before a flurry of exchanges in the first minute. Big right hand from Green in the last 30 seconds pulverises Dominguez, before the ref steps in and saves him with a standing 8 count. Round to Green with the late count.
Green gets busy, throwing a variety of jabs and really nailing some good body shots on Dominguez, before a straight left hits Dominguez flush on the face, causing his legs to wobble again. Round to Green.
It was cat and mouse stuff early, with Green looking to consolidate. Dominguez the first to strike a heavy blow, forcing Green into action, with blows traded for the rest of the half. A pretty even three minutes, the round to Green, just.
A clinical round by Green. The left jab is working hard and working well. Green lands most of his punches. Dominguez rarely throws any. Round to Green.
Green hitting the jabs again and trying to land a couple of left uppercuts, which are not far from landing. A couple of counter punches from Dominguez fails to halt Green, who delivers double in kind. A right-left combination sends the Argentine to the floor. A second flurry of combos in the last 10 seconds sends Dominguez to the canvas and the ref stops the fight.