Harbourside chat … Roy Jones jnr and Danny Green, who will step into the ring together on December 2, at Sydney Harbour yesterday.
Harbourside chat … Roy Jones jnr and Danny Green, who will step into the ring together on December 2, at Sydney Harbour yesterday. Photo: Steve Christo
BOXING critics may disagree but Danny Green believes he's in with a genuine chance of overcoming the legendary Roy Jones jnr in their Sydney bout in December - and he wants Anthony Mundine to help him do it.
At stake is the International Boxing Organisation cruiserweight title, and while Green holds the belt, the American will go in as the overwhelming favourite en route to a much-anticipated showdown with old foe Bernard Hopkins.
However, Green yesterday tabled a cheeky plea to Mundine to help him get into peak shape before facing Jones, whose father, Roy snr, helped prepare ''The Man'' for his successful super-middleweight non-title fight against Green in 2006.
''I might see if Choc wants to be a sparring partner. You'd be a fool if you didn't [learn from that loss],'' Green said at the fight's promotional launch on Sydney Harbour yesterday. ''I might ring Choc and see if he's up for sparring. We're looking for some sparring partners that are fast and flashy. You never know what might happen. I'd make sure people would pay to watch us spar, too. I'd eat him up.''
While Green, 36, later confirmed the sparring offer was ''100 per cent serious'', he admitted the prospect of it happening was relatively low, saying: ''The chances are [the same] of me jumping to the top of that [Sydney Harbour] bridge - zero.''
Asked if he would lead an American entourage or use local fighters to prepare, Jones said he would call on ''one Aussie mate'' to help him, but wouldn't divulge his identity.
''I don't want to talk about it. You might go knocking him off or killing him so I can't use him,'' he said. ''I ain't going to put him in danger like that.''
Talk in America is already focused on Jones's pending fight against the 44-year-old Hopkins, for which a deal has already been done but which can only go ahead if Green is beaten in this bout at the 20,000-seat Acer Arena in Homebush Bay.
Green paid ample respect to Jones yesterday before declaring this was the stage for him to re-launch his own career after coming out of retirement in April to defeat Anthony van Niekirk and Julio Cesar Dominguez. "[Jones] showed against Jeff Lacy, a two-time world champion, his greatness. Now I'm not going to deny that, but this is business and I want to knock Roy Jones out and solidify my legacy in the sport worldwide,'' Green said. ''Internationally, knocking Roy Jones out is going to put me right on top of the mountain.''
Jones will be just one month shy of turning 41 on the night but insists he's never enjoyed boxing as much and says he's going to put on a show for the crowd.
"When the Australians see me fight they're going to realise that all this time, they have not been watching Roy Jones fight, they've been cheating themselves,'' he said. ''Because there's no other fighter on this planet who's as exciting, as charismatic and as fun to watch."