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Danny Green latest veteran fighter to return to action

Boxing's unofficial senior tour continues this week, with Danny Green back in action in Australia.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

August is generally a slow month for the boxing world, and this one has been no different. But a merry band of aging fighters have been taking to the ring recently, and more are yet to come. Roy Jones, Antonio Tarver, and Acelino "Popo" Freitas all fought this past weekend, and James Toney the week before. And while the Shane Mosley-Ricardo Mayorga rematch of forty-somethings is potentially in danger for August 29, there's another blast from the (recent) past coming back on Wednesday.

Australia's Danny Green will headline a show at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, taking on Argentina's Roberto Bolonti in a cruiserweight main event. Green, 42, hasn't fought since 2012, when he won a decision over Shane Cameron. The rugged and battle-tested Green isn't necessarily taking it completely easy in his comeback, as Bolonti (36-3, 25 KO) is a sturdy light heavyweight who, while far from world level, has been able to hang in 12 rounds with Tony Bellew and Juergen Braehmer in 12-round bouts at light heavyweight. He was shut out in both fights, basically, but he wasn't stopped.

The danger to Green (33-5, 28 KO) is likely minimal. Bolonti isn't the puncher his KO percentage would lead one to believe, and he's going to be small for the division. He's also a late replacement, as original opponent Tamas Kovacs was forced to withdraw from the fight.

Green is said to have maintained good condition in his three-year absence from the ring, and also said he feels the fight coming on now that he's getting close.

"I'm starting to get real nervous now," Green told thewest.com.au. "But that's a good sign. It shows it means a lot to me."

Green's "end game," as he sees it, remains another crack at long time rival Anthony Mundine, who has most recently been fighting down at 154 pounds. Mundine beat Green at super middleweight in 2006, and Green is hoping for a rematch ten years after their first go-round.

Given the fact that there would likely be some very good money in it domestically in Australia, there is a chance that fight could happen in 2016. Mundine, for what it's worth, is set to return on October 14 in Melbourne, with no opponent yet announced. He canceled a fight with Austin Trout earlier this year, and has not fought since a controversial win over Sergey Rabchenko last November.

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