The Green Machine’s reputation as a knockout puncher was established during his very first amateur fight in 1992 when he KOd a more experienced opponent in the West Australian amateurs. Green, a humble bloke from Perth’s Scarborough Beach went on to capture the hearts – and the respect – of Australians by the way he fulfilled his dream to become champion of the world. While Green displayed a frightening ferocity and explosiveness in the ring, he remained affable and easygoing outside of it.
Danny started boxing in a back shed in suburban Koondoola and it was there he began his journey to reach the top. His strong work ethic allied with his resilience to pain set the footings for an illustrious career. He was gifted with ‘sleeping pills’ in both hands and blessed with a natural instinct for fighting.He achieved his goals as an amateur by winning various state, national and oceanic titles and competing in the 1998 Commonwealth Games before reaching the pinnacle of his amateur career – fighting at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Green turned professional under former three time world champion Jeff Fenech and demolished all in front him, winning his first 16 fights by KO. He was controversially disqualified in his next bout in Germany, his 2003 shot at the WBC super-middleweight crown against Markus Beyer. He overcame the disappointment to destroy former champ, Canada’s Eric Lucas, in Montreal for the WBC interim super middleweight world title in six rounds. Green lost the world title in an agonisingly close points decision in his rematch with Beyer in 2005.
Returning to Australia determined to regain the crown, Green formed a new team, continued walking tall and set up the fight that stopped a nation against the outspoken Anthony Mundine. This fight turned out to be the biggest fight ever in Australian history and the highest grossing fight in the super middleweight division in world boxing history. Unfortunately, Green lost on points but he won many new fans with the dignified and respectful manner in which he accepted defeat. Green’s resilience and his self-belief shone through again when he made the long, overdue jump in weight to the light heavy division. He knocked out three top 15 world ranked opponents to set up his dream fight: the WBA light heavyweight world title in his backyard of Perth. In what was his most clinical display, Green dominated the champion Stipe Drews to claim the title and to once again enter the history books. Adding to the euphoria six days later was the birth of his son Archie, joining his sister Chloe.
After a brief retirement, Green met Julio Cesar Dominguez in 2009, winning a TKO decision described as patient, clinical and dominating and claiming the IBO cruiserweight world title. He put that title on the line against eight-time world champion Roy Jones Jr later that year, stopping the fight two minutes and two seconds into the first round with a flurry of blows against the ropes. He successfully defended his title against Manny Siaca, Paul Briggs (in a controversial collapse), BJ Flores, Antonio Tarver, before two TKO losses to Antonio Tarver and Krysztof Wlodarczyk. Unperturbed, he defeated Danny Santiago in his first fight of 2012 before reclaiming the IBO cruiserweight title in November against Shane Cameron in a unanimous decision win against Shane Cameron.
Part of Danny Green’s appeal is his eloquence, and his ability to articulate the paths in life he has taken; the heartbreaking setbacks he has overcome and the almighty sacrifices he has made to become a world champion in the most brutal of sports. He has been on an incredible journey and he has some amazing stories to tell. Danny is a gifted and natural speaker, a man who loves to share his experiences with your clients where past experiences prove he will leave them feeling inspired, perhaps humbled or ready to don the gloves!
Danny speaks a lot about the mindset of achievement and beating your opponents in life. He intertwines his keynote with some entertaining and humorous stories from his battles in the ring.