This Saturday’s Allan Green’s debut in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament will take place at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California against WBA super middleweight champion, former Olympic Gold medalist Andre Ward. Late substitute for Jermain Taylor, who withdrew from the tournament after suffering a devastating twelfth round knock out at the hands of Arthur Abraham, Allan Green (29-1, 20 Kos) is brimming with confidence.” I see people here having a good time,” said Green: But Saturday night I will be the WBA super middleweight champion. That’s what I came here for. I know what I can do. “
Green suffered the only loss of his professional career when he fought Edison Miranda, three years ago, below his natural weight at middleweight division. In all fairness, Green was ailed by a paralyzed colon that night, 85 percent of which was subsequently removed. With a confidence of an undefeated fighter and a full training camp behind him, Green intends to make his mark in the tournament this Saturday night.
“Ward’s a good fighter, slick, but believe it or not he’s still green — I feel like there’s a lot of things he still has to work on,” continued Green: “I know how to press him with style, with finesse, with elusiveness at the same time as I press him. He’s really going to have to dig deep. He’s not going to be able to outbox me, he’s going to have to come up with other things and in doing so he will get hit, and hit a lot, and that’s what the difference is going to be.”
Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KO’S) turned from a talented prospect to a Super Six favorite and WBA champion in one night when he dismantled tournament favorite, Mikkel Kessler last November at the same place where he plans to defend his belt on Saturday. Despite being six to one favorite Ward is not underestimating his opponent. I’m not going to tell you guys how great I am, how great I’m going to be. I’ve got to continue to show you. I’ve been in this game a long time and I understand it’s about putting in the work and showing people, “ said Ward during Wednesday press conference :” It’s about putting in the work and when it’s time to show up, show up. And that’s what I plan on doing. So, I thank everybody that’s involved with this event, SHOWTIME, Oakland, we are getting ready to do it again.”
While acknowledging the skills of his adversary Green believes he knows what he needs to do to come out on top. “Andre Ward is a good young fighter. He hasn’t lost since he was twelve or thirteen years old. We understand that. We’re not minimizing him or undermining him in any way,” said Green:”But Saturday night I will be the WBA super middleweight champion.”
So does Allan Green really belong in the ring with Ward? Most experts believe that former Olympic gold medalist is simply a higher caliber fighter than Green. Allan’s coach, David Jackson believes otherwise: Everybody’s pretty much picked Andre Ward to win. I don’t know why we even showed up. James Prince said he’s ready to go to war, but one thing you got to remember when you go to war, you leave your head open for punches. And this brother (Allan Green) right here, he’s got dynamite in both hands. So, if Andre Ward comes to go to war, that’s exactly what we want. And if he does that, he won’t be champ anymore. “
Green, however, knows it is not just his power that will aid him on Saturday night:” To dissect me you’ve got to have a hell of a scalpel… to dissect Allan Green, a hell of a scalpel. Because a lot of people tend to think, they want to label me as a puncher. True, I am a puncher, but at the same time a lot of people fail to realize I’m a pure boxer. I do know how to box. I do know how to think.”
More than ten thousand fans are expected to fill the Oracle Arena on Saturday night to witness Andre Ward defend his title against hard punching and confident Allan Green. Televised live by Showtime, this will be a final bout of the second stage of the Super Six World Boxing Classic .Will the tournament have a clear leader or will the situation get even more confusing? Tune in Saturday night.