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Danny Green confirms comeback, August 19th in Melbourne

 
THE situation may have been unique, but for former world champion Danny Green, the media attention was almost certainly familiar.

 
Green, 42, put to rest countless months of speculation, announcing his unlikely return earlier today.

 
In front of a fervent media gathering at Crown Casino, Green (33-5, 28 KOs) confirmed that he would face Slovakian wildcard Tamas Kovacs (26-1, 15 KOs) at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on Wednesday August 19th.

 
As expected, pay-per-view company Main Event has secured the television rights for Green’s return. Given the Wednesday night time slot as well as Green’s past success, their involvement was a mere formality.

 
For someone who has spent several years out of the limelight, Green acted as the quintessential professional.

 
Flanked by his usual team, led by head trainer and long-time associate Angelo Hyder, he spoke calmly about the task at hand while showing genuine excitement about his third foray into professional prizefighting.

 
“I felt it was time to return,” said Green. “I enjoyed my break, time to get back to business,”

 
“Kovacs is a formidable opponent. He’s a former WBO European light heavyweight champion and he has only one loss to his name, he poses a danger.”

 
Green also confirmed that he fight would be fought at cruiserweight, albeit at a 86 kilogram catchweight.

 

 
In Kovacs, 38, Green will be facing a fighter who despite holding a respectable resume, should prove to be levels below the returning Green, who hasn’t competed since an exciting points win over Shane Cameron in 2012.

 
The Slovakian’s lone blemish came in his only real step-up in competition in 2013, a three-round stoppage to former WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov in San Antonio, Texas.

 
Although the complete undercard of Green’s return are yet to be announced, if past circumstances are anything to go by, it will be stacked with local talent in competitive match ups.

 
Danny Green may not capture the dizzying heights of past years – but make no mistake – his profile and ability to draw casual viewers to the sport is good for Australian boxing.

 
Many burgeoning prospects have been built underneath the likeable ‘Green Machine’ and while his latest return has provided more questions than answers thus far, more will be revealed in time.

 
 
Photo: Getty Images

 

 

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