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Tarver vs. Green: Antonio ready to give Danny a boxing lesson

By Dan Ambrose: International Boxing Organization (IBO) cruiserweight champion Danny Green (31-3, 27 KO’s) is facing one of the best fighters he’s ever been in with in Antonio Tarver (28-6, 19 Ko’s) on July 20th at the Entertainment Centre, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Tarver may be getting up there in age at 42, but you can ignore his age completely because he’s one of those fighters that you can’t judge by his chronological age.

Tarver hasn’t aged like normal people. He’s like Bernard Hopkins in that respect. Tarver is closer to a fighter in his early 30s rather than a 42-year-old. That’s good news for Green, because he’s not going to be able to depend on Tarver being old to get a win, and he’s not going to be able to knock Tarver either. This fight is going to come down to whoever has the better boxing skills and I see Tarver being the much better fighter by far.

Green is someone that was schooled by Anthony Mundine in that past, and that’s pretty the last really good fighter that Green fought way back in 2006. Green has fought some decent fighters since then but no one really good the way that Tarver is. Green has treated his comeback in 2009 in a strange way by matching himself against pretty much weak older fighters past their best. He fought one halfway decent fighter in BJ Flores during the past two years and won that fight based mostly on Flores not showing enough aggression. When Flores was boxing Green, he did very well.

The problem with Flores is that he didn’t let his hands go enough and gave Green too much respect. Tarver won’t be afraid to let his hands go and will be jabbing Green all night long. The only way I can see Green winning this fight is if he gets a home town decision. That’s only way I can see him winning. Taver is superior to Green in almost every department except for power, and even in that department Green doesn’t have much of an advantage.


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