Danny Green of Australia and Shane Cameron of New Zealand
exchange blows. Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Shane Cameron wanted Danny Green to stand in front of him
and trade punches in Melbourne last night.
Green didn't oblige, the rugged Australian instead climbing
all over Cameron to squeeze the life out of Cameron's IBO
world title dream with a unanimous points victory.
Green may have opted to fight in the largest ring permitted
but he might not have bothered. The majority of the fight
could have occurred in the proverbial phone booth, with Green
intent on leaning on Cameron, tying him up and hitting on the
It made for an ugly, at times spiteful contest, with referee
Pat Russell not covering himself in glory as he allowed Green
to consistently get away with hitting on the break.
Cameron will have been dismayed by the 119-109, 116-112,
116-113 scorecards but in truth he didn't do enough to claim
the vacant title on Green's territory.
Cameron landed the cleaner and harder punches throughout the
bulk of first nine rounds, however by the last three Green's
tactics had worn on the slimmed down Cameron, with Green
dominating the final three rounds.
The extended highlights package that preceded Green's ring
entrance looked very much like a retirement tribute, but it
remains to be seen if he will fight on.
"I'm ready to be an Aussie and get on the cans with the
boys," Green said, hinting at retirement.
Cameron's future is equally unclear.
The defeat was far from a disaster, but his inability to
damage Green despite landing plenty of clean shots suggests
cruiserweight may not be his division. The problem for
Cameron is that heavyweight doesn't suit his in between frame
all that well either.
Despite the loss Cameron will eventually reflect on a good
performance. He boxed as well as he ever has when Green let
him. But when Green tied things up Cameron simply lacked the
strength to push him off.
That raised the question of just how much effect Green's
tactic of starving Cameron right up until 28 hours before the
fight had on the Kiwi. Green is clearly a clever operator,
the wisdom of Cameron's camp in accepting the stipulation he
drop down to 89kg is less clear.
If Cameron's reception on entering the ring was polite
enthusiasm, Green's was rapturous. Despite a good smattering
of Kiwis among the packed house of over 7000, there was no
mistaking the identity of the home fighter.
The early signs were positive for Cameron. He landed a crisp
right in the opening minute and a huge body rip mid-way
through the first round.
A clash of heads in the second round opened a cut above
Cameron's left eye - a worry considering his history in that
regard but nothing came of it. The blood seemed to spur
Cameron on as he dominated the third round after Green had
probably just shaded the second.
Having stood his ground for the opening three rounds, Green
began to move in the fourth, the Australian enjoying his best
moment of the contest as he trapped Cameron on the ropes at
the close of the round.
Green changed it up again in the fifth, wrestling Cameron
onto the ropes. The tactic didn't initially bear much fruit,
with Cameron landing a succession of upper cuts and a sharp
But Green continued to tie things up and eventually he
muscled away Cameron's momentum. The judges cards suggested
it wasn't close, however until the Green dominated the final
three rounds the contest was certainly in the balance.
- Steve Deane of the New Zealand Herald in Melbourne