Hopkins in frame for Green's next fight
(By Adrian Warren - news.smh.com.au)
December 3, 2009
Another ageing legend, Bernard Hopkins, looms as a potential opponent for Danny Green, but a return to Perth is on the cards for Australia's IBO cruiserweight boxing world champion following his demolition of Roy Jones Jr.
Green said his 122 second rout of four-division, eight-time champion Jones was still sinking in and he hadn't got a wink of sleep following his famous victory on Wednesday night.
Green's unexpectedly swift win may well have spiked a much anticipated rematch between Jones and Hopkins scheduled for early next year.
Hopkins, 44, kept his end of the deal with a unanimous 12 round points win in his home city of Philadelphia over Enrique Ornelas around 15 hours after Jones was defeated.
Green still wasn't prepared to speculate over his next opponent, but stressed he wanted big fights.
"Hopkins has a pretty good name, he's already disrespected Australia enough," Green told reporters on Wednesday.
"Who knows? I'm just chilling, I'm going to go with the flow for a while."
The 36-year-old Australian said his biggest immediate challenge was persuading his young daughter Chloe to eat vegetables rather than hot chips.
Green's manager and long time friend Justin Manolikos said he would certainly be looking for a contact number for Hopkins.
Hopkins has only had two of his 56 professional fights outside America in his 21-year career, but Manolikos didn't rule out enticing the former long-term middleweight world champion to Australia.
"We bought Roy Jones here, he's as big a name as Bernard Hopkins, so nothing is impossible," Manolikos told AAP.
However, he hinted Perth-born Green was likely to head back West for his next contest.
"My feelings are let's get him back to Perth and maybe do a fight there rewarding all his loyal fans," Manolikos said.
"Unfortunately whatever we do now we are not going to be in a win situation because if we fight a big name and beat him, you will get your doubters and critics.
"If we have an 'easy fight', we will get knockers.
"It's stupid to make every fight a big fight, one, for his health and safety more than anything, but two, just mentally and physically you can't lift yourself for a massive fight every fight."
The Green camp said little about the possibility of a rematch with old adversary Anthony Mundine, who on Friday is expected to announce a light middleweight fight against fellow Australian Rob Medley.
Green declined to elaborate on a remark he made on Melbourne radio station VEGA on Thursday morning, where he described Mundine as a "pissant".
Mundine walked to the ring as part of the Jones entourage.
"I've just knocked out one of the greatest fighters of all time, it's like comparing a killer whale to a flathead," Green said.
If Mundine does fight at light middleweight, it will be four divisions below Green, but Manolikos didn't rule out a rematch between the two.
"Danny is a world champion and has just beaten one of the greatest of all time. If we do it, it will be on our terms," Manolikos said.
Fish were also on Green's mind when he was told IBO and interim WBC light heavyweight world champion Chad Dawson was interested in fighting him on an HBO broadcast next April.
"I'd like to fry bigger fish than him (Dawson) definitely," Green said.
Green said he intended catching up with Jones before the American left Australia and still had "a world of respect for the bloke".
He confirmed he was still scheduled to participate in this year's Sydney to Hobart yacht race following a brief break in Perth.