By Eugene Carnachan: Shane Cameron 29 (KO 22)-2 versus Danny Green 32 (KO 28)-5 is shaping up as an interesting contest.
Cameron, ten days short of his thirty fifth birthday is four years younger than the 39 year old Danny Green.
Green and Cameron’s tale of the tape have numeric similarities.
Green, an Olympian, turned pro in 2001 and has fought thirty two times and sports a 76% KO ratio while Cameron, a Commonwealth games heavyweight representative for New Zealand, dipped his toes into the professional ranks in 2002 and has fought twenty nine times, holding a 71% KO ratio.
However there is one marked difference in Danny Green and Shane Cameron resumes and that is quality of opposition.
Green in his 11 year career has fought eleven past or present world champions that include the likes of a peaking Markus Beyer a fading Roy Jones Junior and a steroids advantaged Antonio Tarver.
In fighting such opposition Green has managed to become a two time world champion and on the experience odometer alone this contest is a no contest.
However there are some things of note that Cameron will carry into this fight and the biggest advantage will quite simply be his size.
Cameron has primarily campaigned in his career as a heavyweight while also having a tilt in the cruiserweight division before returning to heavy division to fight American Monte Barrett in July of this year. In that fight Cameron looked as good as he ever has in knocking out Barrett with an hellacious overhand right in the fourth round that saw him win the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental heavyweight titles.
Come the November fight night between Green and Cameron at Melbourne, Australia’s Hisense Arena Cameron will be the considerably bigger man and much of the reason for that is quite simply Cameron is the much bigger man – that simple.
In fact he could come in post weigh in fully hydrated and having eaten some 6-8 kilograms heavier than the 91 kilogram weight limit.
To put things into context Danny Green was 84.5 kilograms for his last fight (July of this year) with Danny Santiago and Shane Cameron in his last outing contest with Monte Barrett tipped the scales at 97.3 kilograms – Cameron has fought as high as 110 kilograms.
Cameron is reputed for his gym ethic and well-regarded ability to put sweat on the boards of a gym and tar seal. Cameron has never met a fight he turned up to out of shape and simply isn’t wired to be half-assed in anything he does.
Cameron in preparing himself to fight Green will take himself to the deepest and darkest recesses of a human’s ability to push themselves in his preparation to fight Green, and he will have to as Green shares the same mental attributes, the very attributes that which have made him a championship fighter.
There are a number of questions that to be asked of this contest. Can Cameron deal with the ring wiles of a fighter that has fought some of the best fighters of his division?
Will we see a different type of Danny Green that fights tactically as opposed to his more natural style of aggressively in trying to deal with the size difference?
Can Green withstand the aggressive fighting style of Cameron who likes to fight off the front foot in breaking his opposition down?
So who will win this fight, Cameron’s dogmatic in your face fighting style will overwhelm Green and he will not be able hold Cameron off and his power will overwhelm and break down a smaller fighter that has been stopped in two of his last three fights.
Cameron himself has been stopped twice in his career but both stoppages were by heavyweights, with one being David Tua (not many stay standing when David Tua hits you flush) and Green does not possess heavyweight power and in summary Cameron will be able to handle the best Green can throw down the shoot but Green will not be able to do the same with Cameron’s power and experience alone will not stop a younger, bigger and stronger man come November 21st.
My pick – a mid to late round KO stoppage by Cameron.