Back in late 2009, after Danny Green stopped Roy Jones Jr in one round, the Aussie veteran called out Bernard Hopkins. It made sense at the time -- Hopkins and Jones were planning a 2010 fight, and Green seemed to ruin those plans. But they couldn't agree on money, and the fight fell through.
Now, with Hopkins at 46 and once again the world light heavyweight champion, Green is back to looking for a clash with the legend:
"Bernard Hopkins showed that age really is just a number," Green said. "At 46 he took out a 28-year-old animal in his own backyard in front of 18,000 fans in Montreal. I know how hard that is. I have fought in front of 15,000 screaming fans in Montreal - people were throwing cups of urine at me as I was walking to the ring. So that's a phenomenal effort by Hopkins - he proved all the imbecile critics wrong."
Green fought Eric Lucas at the Bell Centre in 2003, though how truthful the cups of urine statement is is anybody's guess.
Green isn't going about this the trash talk way, which is nice to see. He seems to truly want the fight with Hopkins. Currently, the Aussie is scheduled to welcome Antonio Tarver to Sydney on July 20. Tarver, 42, hasn't looked good in years, and all but had his relevance executed by Hopkins back in 2006, when Bernard dominated him to win the light heavyweight championship for the first time.
This also doesn't seem likely, as HBO is high on a Hopkins vs Chad Dawson fight for this fall, and the WBC (the alphabet belt Hopkins holds, apart from his standing as legit world champion) basically owes the fight to Dawson, who stepped aside to allow the Pascal vs Hopkins rematch on Saturday.
If it did happen, Hopkins could lay a bogus claim to going for a world title in another weight division, as Green carries the lightly-regarded IBO title. It wouldn't be any massive size difference, either. Green is really a light heavyweight, and even prefers fighting with 185-pound catchweights when he can, which would make sense for a Hopkins clash.
What say you? Is this a fight you're interested in seeing?