VIDEO: Danny Green beats Shane Cameron in 12
Thursday 22 Nov 2012 12:39 a.m.
Australian Danny Green is the new International Boxing Organisation cruiserweight world champion after overcoming Kiwi Shane Cameron.
The victory earned Green a fourth world title, a unanimous points decision at Melbourne's Hisense Arena.
Green reclaimed the IBO crown that he lost last year to American Antonio Tarver, who was later stripped for doping which left the belt vacant.
The 39-year-old West Australian, who is tipped to retire after this fight, showed he still had the speed and firepower to outclass his bigger opponent.
The three judges scored the fight 119-109, 116-112 and 116-113.
Green's record is now 33-5 after 11 years in the game.
From Auckland, natural heavyweight Cameron had to shed almost eight kilos to make the catch-weight of 89kg - under the regulation cruiserweight mark of 90.7.
After sending American Monte Barrett to the canvas in spectacular fashion in his last start, Cameron was expected to bully Green but the Australian had his measure.
A cut above the New Zealander's eye opened up during the second round, although Green was also battling a bloody nose with the pair doing as much wrestling as throwing punches as they felt their way.
Cameron's hefty weight loss didn't appear to affect his stamina and the contest remained a fairly even affair throughout with both boxers landing some heavy blows.
The sell-out crowd were on their feet in the 11th round when Green put Cameron to the canvas but the Kiwi rose to box on.
Trailing on points, the only way Cameron was going to become the first New Zealand-born professional boxer in more than a century to win a world title was a knock-out but Green was too experienced to let that happen.