Danny Green defeats Roberto Bolonti

By Boxing News - 08/19/2015 - Comments

By Jim Dower: 42-year-old former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green (34-5, 28 KOs) returned to the ring on Wednesday night to defeat former world title challenger Roberto Bolonti (36-3, 25 KOs) by a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 100-90. You can make an argument that the scores were far more one-sided than the actual fight that took place. Bolonti frequently nailed Green with shots each time he would throw a punch, and on many of the occasions, Green was knocked backwards off balance. Bolonti was frequently the aggressor in the fight, and he made it surprisingly a very competitive fight.

Bolonti frequently pushed the attack and was able to hit Green with significant blows. There’s no question that Green won the fight, but the scores were far wider than the action that transpiored in the ring.

This was the first fight for Green since his win over Shane Cameron in November 2012. Green retired after that win. This was the second time that Green had retired. He previously retired in 2008.

With Green making a comeback, it’s difficult to figure out what his goals are. He doesn’t have the youth to compete with the likes of Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev at 175. At cruiserweight, Green would be out of his league against champions Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Grigory Drozd, Krzysztof Glowacki, and Denis Lebedev.

It’s not just the champions that the 42-year-old Green would have problems with. He’d also struggle against the many top contenders at cruiserweight, and I don’t know that he could compete with any of them. Green would have a lot of problems trying to beat these fighters: Krzystof Wlodarczyk, Rakhim Chakhkiev, Ola Afolabi, Tony Bellew, Thabiso Mchunu, Dmitry Kudryashov, Firat Arslan, Beibut Shumenov and Victor Ramirez. Green had his time as the IBO cruiserweight champion, but I think his time is over with. I don’t see Green as having a place in the cruiserweight division other than just another contender.

Green can make a nice living by fighting beatable guys at a lower level at cruiserweight by going after one of the lesser titles and then holding onto it to face local Australian fighters rather than top contenders or the world champions in the division.

Green’s fight against Bolonti was a case of him fighting a light heavyweight rather than a cruiserweight. By facing a light heavyweight instead of a cruiserweight, it gave Green an advantage.

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