Jul. 7th 2009
Danny Green has offered to usher Barry Hall into a new boxing career,
earmarking the fallen AFL star for a professional debut on the undercard
of his proposed November matchup with American superstar Roy Jones Jnr.
Green will invite Hall to his cruiserweight boxing world title bout in
Mississippi next month in the hope he gets a taste for the sport - and
then go on to take it up himself.
While Hall has yet to make a decision about whether he’ll play for
another AFL club next year or switch to boxing after announcing his
immediate retirement from the Swans on Tuesday, good friend Green is
clearly hoping he’ll choose the latter.
“He can watch me and Roy Jones and move around the pulse of boxing over
there in the States at the highest level,” Green said on Tuesday.
“He could come in the corner and just get a taste of it.”
“When Roy Jones wins (against Jeff Lacy) and the Roy Jones fight comes
to Australia - we’re confident we can make it happen - there’s no reason
why he (Hall) can’t fight on the undercard and showcase his wares to a
national and international audience and a massive one at that.”
The 32-year-old Hall has consistently been linked to boxing,
participating in the sport during his teenage years then last year
turning down a lucrative offer from Green to switch from AFL to the
Currently preparing for his August 15 clash in Biloxi with Argentinian
Julio Cesar Dominguez for the vacant IBO cruiserweight title, Green said
he wasn’t surprised by Hall’s announcement.
If he links with Green Machine Boxing, Hall will be trained by Angelo
Hyder, one of the most experienced and influential figures in the
Australian boxing industry.
Hyder, who trains Green, stressed that even at 32, Hall could fight for
“He hasn’t lost any pace or skill, so he’s at the top of his game and as
a heavyweight your career is a lot more extended than the lighter
blokes,” Hyder said.
“Potentially Barry could have six, seven or eight years of boxing,“
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