Tarver wins the IBO Cruiserweight Title
Wednesday 20 July 2011
Antonio Tarver stopped defending champion Danny Green in the ninth round Wednesday to claim the IBO cruiserweight world boxing title.
The 42-year-old American was in control from the start at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and twice hurt the Australian Green in the first round. He knocked him down in the second. The referee stopped the fight following the ninth after a punishing round for Green, who was defending the IBO title for the fifth time.
The victorious Tarver said he would be open to a rematch.
"It's up to them, but I'm the champ now and it's going to have to be on my terms and we can do it in America," Tarver told the Australian Associated Press.
"Danny Green is worthy of a rematch, he's been a champion for a long time and if he's ready for that and can go back to the drawing board, we can do it again."
Tarver, who was fighting at cruiserweight for the first time, got into the ring for only the second time since a clear decision loss to Chad Dawson in their May 2009 light heavyweight title rematch.
Tarver, a four-time light heavyweight world champion, improved to 29-6-0 with 20 knockouts. Green fell to 31-4-0 (27 KOs) after his first defeat since 2006.
The 38-year-old Green had won 10 consecutive fights since a decision loss to countryman Anthony Mundine in a 2006 super middleweight title eliminator.
Green called Tarver a "great fighter" after his defeat but also apologized to his home-country crowd, holding back tears.
''I had a terrible night. I'm so gutted, I couldn't do it for you guys, I'm so sorry. Right now I just want to chill out, take stock and relax and get healthy," he said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Antonio Tarver vs. Danny Green Round-by-Round Results
Round 1- Green pressing forward. Tarver using his jab. Boxers clinch early. Left hand misses for Green. Green goes to the body. Halfway through round. Tarver not doing much. Green gets pushed to canvas by Tarver. Left hand knocks Green halfway across the ring. Jab snaps Green's head back. Tarver misses over the top. Hard round to score. 10-9 Tarver
Round 2- Green coming forward with the jab and misses a right. Tarver misses a left. Green connects. Tarver gets Green on the ropes and drops him with a left hand. Green gets up quick. Left hand lands again for Tarver. Big left hand misses by Tarver. 10-8 Tarver
Round 3- Nice jab by Green. Green beginning to circle away. Tarver coming forward and shoots the left hand up the middle. Left hand lands for Tarver. Referee warns Tarver for holding and Green for punching behind the head. Left hand snaps Green's head back. May have won Tarver the round. 10-9 Tarver
Round 4- Tarver really utilizing his jab to work his way in. Green is waiting. Tarver lands a brutal combination on Green, who is sitting on the ropes. Tarver jabbing excessively. Green going to the body. Round ends with Tarver pressing the action. 10-9 Tarver
Round 5- Tarver in the center of the ring. Green circling away and jabbing. Not much action this round. Green lunging forward with his punches. Boxers clinch at the halfway point. Tarver throws consecutive jabs and gets hit with a body shot. Not much landed this round. 10-10
Round 6- Both boxers miss with their punches as they come together. Uppercut lands for Tarver. Tarver throws a series of jabs. Green getting aggressive off the ropes. Tarver throws a right hand to the body. Green jabbing. Left hand lands for Tarver. Tarver has his guard completely down. Green lands a right to the body. Tarver jabbing as the round ends. 10-9 Tarver
Rounds 7-12: (60-54 for Tarver so far on my scorecard)
Round 7- Green going to the body early. Tarver throws a hard left hand and gets hit with a body shot in return. Tarver gets wobbled for a second by a left hand. Referee warns Tarver for holding. Tarver is still hurt from previous shots. Green keeps going to the body. Very good round for Green. 10-9 Green
Replay shows Tarver taking a tremendous left hand. Great chin on display by the "Magic Man."
Round 8- Green goes to the body with a left and right. Tarver snapping the jab. Right hand lands by Green. Left hand by Tarver. Right hand lands for Green. Tarver returns with a left hand. Tarver lunges with a left hand that lands. Green connects with a left hand. Close round. 10-9 Green
Round 9- Tarver picking his shots. Green in the middle of the ring and throwing his jab. Right hand to the body by Green. Green doing good work on Tarver's body. Right hand scores for Green. Boxers exchange. Tarver gets Green on the ropes and unloads a nonstop barrage of punches. Green comes back with a right hand. Tarver rocks Green at the end of the round. Green goes to the wrong corner and Tarver throws him in the other direction. Green's trainer shaking his head as he brings him back to the corner. The fight is over! Tarver wins by TKO
In a clash of a former world title challenger and an ex world champion, Naoufel Ben Rabah, 34-3-0 (18 KOs), scored a third round KO over Isaac Hlatshwayo, 30-3-1-1 NC (10 KOs), winning the vacant IBF Australasian welterweight title.
Cruiserweight Shane Cameron, 27-2-0 (21 KOs), scored an explosive 12th round KO over game Dominic Vea, 13-3-0 (10 KOs), stripping the Commonwealth 200-lbs belt. The bout featured good toe-toe action.
Danny Green seeing red as Antonio Tarver turns out the lights
DANNY Green lost his IBO cruiserweight belt last night to challenger Antonio Tarver, a flurry of left and rights late in the ninth round ending the one-sided bout.
The gallant Australian was clearly out on his feet and not really knowing where he was as English referee Howard Foster stopped the fight.
Tarver was already well in front on points when Foster called a halt to proceedings.
Read more: www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/danny-green-seeing-red-as-antonio-tarver-turns-out-the-lights/story-e6frg7mf-1226098793423
Tarver stops Green, starts questions
IT looks to be all over for one of Australia's bravest fighters, Danny Green.
American veteran Antonio Tarver, who is 42 and probably past his own prime, made mincemeat of the Mean Machine in Sydney last night, taking his IBO cruiserweight title with a ninth round demolition job.
It was the first time in 32 fights that Green has been knocked out.He was left bruised and bleeding after Tarver, who was already well ahead on points after a second round knockdown, unleashed two savage flurries which stopped Green in his tracks.
Antonio Tarver beats Danny Green by TKO to claim IBO cruiserweight world title in Sydney
DANNY Green was at the heaviest of his career for his world title fight with Antonio Tarver last night but the weight of the American's punches proved too much as he took Green's IBO cruiserweight title with a stunning knockout.
Green was out on his feet at the end of round nine as his trainer Angelo Hyder and brother Brendon Green called an end to the fight.
It was a huge upset as the 42-year-old veteran southpaw beat brawn with brains at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
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