Cameron insisted he felt fine, but his display said
otherwise. Photo by Getty
He may have banked a good payday but it would have been
no surprise if Shane Cameron returned from Melbourne yesterday
minus his wallet, watch and jewellery.
Cameron was mugged by Danny Green on Wednesday night, plain
Green didn't become a four-time world champion by being a
dope. His carefully conceived and executed plan to rob
Cameron of his power and energy by forcing him to drop too
much weight and front for two weigh-ins the day before the
fight, then smother him in a cocoon of hugs, worked
The choice of ineffectual referee Pat Russell - a diminutive,
grandfatherly type with no ability or inclination to stop
Green from doing as he pleased - was another shrewd move.
Green had everything his way.
Asked if he would do anything differently, Cameron said:
"Fight someone who doesn't hug me all night."
Cameron's assessment of the contest was honest. He thought it
was "stink", "ugly" and probably "boring" to watch. He was
probably right. The electric atmosphere at a sold-out Hisense
Arena made the fight interesting for those there, however for
those at home on the couch in New Zealand it would have been
a grim struggle.
Predictably, Cameron's manager and promoter Ken Reinsfield
was more upbeat about it all.
"It was a great fight," he said. "Boxing is not just a sport,
it is entertainment. And what you got was a real fight. Any
Shane Cameron fight is an entertaining fight.
"He doesn't run, he doesn't dodge shots. He gets in there and
has a crack. So boxing fans will always turn up to watch
Shane fight. He's only had three losses in over 30 fights.
It's disappointing but it ain't the end of the world. Shane
will go on from here."
Where to is unclear. Back to heavyweight to take on a top
contender would make sense. Cameron was a shell of himself at
the "Dannyweight" mark of 89kg.
Even so, the fight was no disaster. Assuming the judges all
gave Green the last three rounds, Cameron was even on one
card and just a point behind on another heading into the
decisive stage of the fight. Had he been able to rally in the
final three rounds he would have won. But he couldn't, and
the Green camp knew he wouldn't.
Reinsfield rejected the assertion he had given up too much.
The Green Machine set the rules and it was take it or leave
it. Cameron wanted the title shot, so he wasn't about to kick
up too much fuss.
And the bottom line is always the bottom line.
The fight was budgeted to sell around 25,000 pay per views in
New Zealand. Assuming it went close to that, the Cameron camp
will have banked about $400,000 after deducting Sky's take.
That kind of money is hard to turn down, especially for the
sake of a couple of measly kilograms.
But Cameron paid a high price in the ring. He insisted he
felt fine, but his display screamed otherwise.
"It certainly won't be lighter," he said when asked which
division he might tackle next.
"I am not one to blame or make excuses. Green fought a better
fight plan ... His one worked and mine didn't."
That about summed it up. Green was a man with a plan. It was
boxing's equivalent of a back-alley stick-up job.
- Steve Deane of the New Zealand Herald