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Former world boxing champion Danny Green has hailed the influence of Mohammed Ali on his career, as he announced his next fight against Australian cruiser weight champion Kane Watts.
The 43-year-old will head back into the ring for the first time in 12 months, when he takes on Watts – 10 years his junior – an August 3 at Hisense Arena.
“He was one of the most iconic figures in the whole world … ever,” Green said about Ali.
“He’s incredible. He inspired so many people, not just from boxing, not just from sport, but from across the globe.
“From presidents to rock stars to athletes … he was the greatest.”
Green wouldn’t be drawn into speculation that he would set up a rematch with bitter rival Anthony Mundine after the bout against Watts, saying that he was only concentrating on the fight in front of him and no “hot air”.
The fight in front of him will be no walk in the park for Green.
Watts has an 18-2 record overall and is on a nine-fight winning streak.
Green and Mundine haven’t locked horns since 2006 when Mundine was too good, but a rematch has been talked about ever since.
Green also used the announcement of his next bout to promote his Coward Punch Campaign, to educate youths on the dangers of violence in society.
He was joined by friends and current AFL footballers Dane Swan, Marcus Adams and Jake Stringer, as well as former Brisbane champion Jonathon Brown and former Western Bulldogs and Richmond coach Terry Wallace.
Swan told Fairfax Media he’s known Green for some time now and he was keen reiterate the message that coward punches can’t be tolerated.
“I don’t know what it is but it seems to be every other week now that something happens in a nightclub or in a car,” Swan said.
“It’s pretty horrible, luckily it’s never affected me or anyone I’m close to but the chances are if it keeps happening it’s going to.
“The more we can stamp it out, clearly the better it’s going to be.”
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