Mundine vs Green: Green “terrified” Mundine foul would end fight

Danny, you're supposed to be speaking out against violence, not for it.
Danny, you're supposed to be speaking out against violence, not for it.

YOU would not expect Danny Green to admit to being terrified in a boxing ring.

But the champion boxer did so yesterday when speaking at his Green Zone Fitness gym in Joondalup, fresh off Friday’s defeat of Anthony Mundine.

The 43-year-old said he was “terrified” the rematch was going to end in the first round after an illegal punch from Mundine nearly rendered him unconscious.

Green said it was his “fear” of the bout ending in a disappointing fashion that propelled him to keep his composure at Adelaide Oval on Friday.

Mundine struck the West Australian with an unsporting left hook to the jaw while referee Frank Garza was attempting to separate the entangled fighters.

While there were suggestions Mundine should have been disqualified for the foul, Green was glad that it didn’t happen, saying he did not want to win that way.

Garza instead deducted a point from the divisive former NRL player.

While Green admitted the hit heavily affected him for the remainder of the fight, he said “something snapped”.

“Just fear that it was going to end this way – it terrified me,” he said.

“I just wanted to do it for the people… I just knew it would have been disastrous if it ended by disqualification.

“But I won the fight and I did it severely concussed.”

He said he had not spoken to Mundine since the victory, but assured punters their rivalry was real and not simply showmanship.

He would not be drawn on talk of another rematch, asserting “no one speaks for me”.

The boxer did not appear particularly interested in the suggestion, saying the win against Mundine would be a “great way to go out”.

He was typically cagey about whether or not he would retire and did not give a direct answer to the question.

Green said he would now have a break, relaxing with some fishing and surfing, before concentrating on his business interests.