23 Jul 2010

Green fighting to save boxing reputation

5:58 am on 23 July 2010

The IBO cruiserweight world champion Danny Green is battling to save his reputation after Wednesday night's farcical bout alienated his fans and cast fresh doubt about the sport of boxing in Australia.

Green labelled his defeated opponent Paul Briggs a canine and threatened not to pay him a cent after he failed to recover from a glancing left jab to the top of the head, ending the bout just 29 seconds into the first round.

But Green performed the ultimate backflip on Thursday, claiming Briggs didn't take a dive and was legitimately hurt by a punch that he believes might have caused a brain stem kind of injury.

The WA Professional Combat Sports Commission, who sanctioned the fight, disagreed.

They have launched an inquiry into the fight where the promotion, arrangement and conduct of the contest will be investigated to determine whether or not it was a sham.

The IBO also appear set to launch their own investigation.

Betting agencies Australia-wide welcomed the investigation after they experienced an unprecedented pre-bout betting plunge on Green to win by first-round knockout.