Danny Green had no trouble today with Danny Santiago, stopping the American in five. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Danny Green had no trouble today in Australia, easily outclassing and overpowering American visitor Danny Santiago, stopping his undersized and overmatched opponent in five rounds.
Green (32-5, 28 KO) wobbled Santiago on the first punch he landed in the fight, and despite a game effort, Santiago (31-6-1, 19 KO) was never in the fight at all. Green put Santiago down in the third round, and twice more in the fourth.
In the fifth, the bout was finally halted when Santiago went down for a fourth time, stopped for the sixth time in six losses.
Truthfully, it was never going to be more than this, and was mostly a fight that the 39-year-old Green needed just to see where he was at right now. Green has considered re-retiring recently, after losing two straight to Antonio Tarver (which Green now wonders about, given Tarver's recent failed drug test in California) and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. Green was dominated by Tarver, but actually did well against Wlodarczyk until he was stopped in the 11th round, leading on all three cards.
Green, who weighed in at just over 186 pounds for this fight, could drop back down to light heavyweight if he continues his career. He's certainly more a light heavyweight than a cruiserweight at this point, but given his age and the fact that he hasn't made 175 since 2007 (when he beat Stipe Drews for the WBA title and promptly retired), Green is kind of a man without a division, perhaps, a fighter whose best weight is probably around 185.
It seems he'll keep fighting, though, so we'll see where he goes. He desperately wants a rematch with Anthony Mundine, but at this point they're fighting 30 pounds apart, and that just might not happen. If it does, you can be sure it will be big money in Australian boxing, though.