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Green to sharpen up for Mundine

AAP logoAAP 3/08/2016 By Bruce Matthews

Danny Green says he'll prepare very differently for his Anthony Mundine rematch after winning a 10-round brawl to claim the Australian cruiserweight title.

"Mundine won't hurt me," said Green.

"It will be more of a boxing test and my sparring partners will be totally different.

"It will be a whole new ball-game. And I'll be a lot sharper."

Green said his team would start talks with Mundine's camp immediately on the terms, date and venue of their long-awaited bout following his unanimous points decision over Kane Watts in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

"We'll sit down and get it going. We'll get a venue and a state and then we'll talk the black and white details. Hopefully, (fight) end of November, the start of December. That would be the optimum time," he said.

The four-times world champion admitted it had been difficult not to look forward to a chance to avenge his points loss to Mundine in Sydney in May, 2006, as he prepared for the younger, bigger Watts.

"It's in the back of your mind and anyone who said it wasn't, would be lying. I did my best to block it out over the last 10 days," he said.

The 43-year-old West Australian said he was wary of Watts, who had won his previous seven fights by knockout.

"He's a big boy and he can punch and I didn't want to wear anything and ruin potentially what's around the corner," Green said.

"Giving 10 kilos to a guy who's nine years younger when it was all on the line for him, there was a lot at stake and I was careful and did the job."

Green received a cut on the forehead above the right eye from a head clash in the second round and he was critical of the referee for allowing what he claimed were headbutts from Watts throughout the bout.

"He was coming at me like a bull. He was ramming his head into me so hard, I thought my face was going to rub off," he said.

"Luckily, I don't mark (cut) a lot, That's all I've got, that one little cut.

"Most people's head would look like a football that has been kicked around an oval."

Green plans to go surfing and fishing with mates to freshen up for another shot at Mundine who was ringside to watch his foe extend his record to 35-5.

"I'm happy to get the W (win) and move forward and reset, give the body a break and try to stay healthy and as young as I can" he said.

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