Shane Cameron pitches curve ball at Green
Shane Cameron reckons Danny Green will need to bring a baseball bat to beat him in their IBO cruiserweight world title fight in Melbourne next week.
Cameron wrapped up his sparring in Auckland yesterday and boarded a flight to Australia this morning with his confidence "sky-high".
"I'm very confident of bringing that title back to New Zealand," Cameron said.
"Danny Green is going to have to knock me out with a baseball bat to stop me from winning that title. And I know he ain't going to do that to me.
"I've ticked all the boxes in training; my confidence is sky-high."
The 35-year-old Cameron has had to drop around 8kg to make an agreed weigh-in of 89kg, less than the 90.7 limit for this weight division.
It's a private agreement between both camps, one Cameron is sure Green sees as an advantage, though the Kiwi is adamant it's no problem.
He still feels he has his power despite dropping his weight, while his speed has increased.
Cameron visited his nutritionist yesterday and had been told he could even increase his daily intake of 2500 calories because "I'm on track . . . actually I'm well ahead".
He weighed 92kg and would get the rest off over the next week before Tuesday's weigh-in.
Cameron, the Commonwealth champion, won't don his gloves again until fight night and declared himself very satisfied with his ring work.
Yesterday's four rounds of sparring came against unbeaten New Zealand cruiserweight David Aloua, who these days fights out of the Mundine stable in Sydney.
"The camp has gone really well. The training and food have been a big part of it. All the work is done now. It will be just a matter of keeping it short and sharp from here, no more than an hour session a day. I can rest up."
Having done the hard work in the ring and the gym, Cameron said it was now all mental. He had to make sure he was in the right frame of mind to counter the vast skills of Green, a 39-year-old Australian with the experience of being a world champion in three different weight divisions.
That will be Cameron's focus over what will feel like a long countdown to the fight in the final week.
"People talk about the top two inches and this is where that comes into play with the week leading into it and the day of the fight," he said.
"You can be the fittest guy going into the ring but mentally you may be not quite right.
"So it's making sure you get into the ring mentally 100 per cent and physically 100 per cent."