IT is not as though Danny Green had to resume training ahead of his recently announced “huge fight” with rival Anthony Mundine in February.
The 43-year-old champion boxer, who officially launches his second gym in the northern suburbs this Saturday, has never stopped working and just three months ago defeated respected opponent Kane Watts.
In fact, he has been “training a truckload” and was eager to get to his new Green Zone Fitness gym in Joondalup the afternoon the Weekender rung.
“I can’t wait to get there tonight and get into it,” he said.
“It’s not just because I’ve got a fight on; I train almost every day.”
The Green Machine said he would focus on improving his speed in the lead-up to the February 3 bout in Adelaide against Mundine, who got the better of Green in their first encounter in 2006.
“I’m blessed with punching power; I’ve just got to maintain that,” he said. “I’ve got to work on speed and explosivity.”
He said he would ease off intense training for a period before resuming ahead of the fight with “a lot of sparring and boxing work” with a “couple of guys from interstate and overseas”.
“I can’t afford to train hard and peak too early,” he said.
The Green Machine is confident the Adelaide Oval fight will eclipse “the biggest fight in Australian boxing history”, his first bout with Mundine.
And he’s confident of success in business in Joondalup.
He and his partners were looking to establish a gym south of the river when they came across a vacant Clarke Crescent building overlooking Joondalup Drive.
“Joondalup is a great area,” he said. “With a lot of health-conscious people in the area, it makes perfect sense to open a gymnasium to cater for all walks of life.”