The wait is the worst for Shane Cameron

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 12:03 18/11/2012
Shane Cameron
PETER MEECHAM / Fairfax NZ
INSPIRATION: Shane Cameron.

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Shane Cameron reckons Wednesday will be the longest day of his life.

He is also hoping it will be the biggest day of his life, capped by winning the IBO cruiserweight world title.

Cameron is in Melbourne preparing for the fight against respected Australian veteran Danny Green.

He has been there since last Wednesday and the days are dragging.

Tomorrow he has the main prefight press conference to spice things up. On Tuesday, he has the weigh-in, where he has to drop to 89 kilograms, about 8kg down on his natural weight.

Then it's the big wait.

"Yeah, it all really slows down after the weigh-in. The day of the fight is so slow. You just want to get in the ring and get it done, do the business," Cameron said.

Once the opening bell sounds, he knows his surroundings will get a lot quicker.

Green's strength is his speed. He has quick feet and lightning hands. They have combined to get him three world titles in different weight divisions and the 39-year-old wants to cap his career with another belt.

But Cameron reckons he has the greater hunger. He's desperate to get a world title next to his name, driven to bring a genuine belt back to New Zealand.

"I've been waiting all my boxing career - 15 years - for this day. I'm not going to let anything get in the way of that."

That's why he is determined to set the tone of the fight from the outset.

"It's a fight I want to dictate. I can't let him dictate the pace. I want to set the pace. I'm fit enough. I've done the rounds. I've done the 12 rounds in my sleep. It's going to be no problem.

"In terms of what Danny brings, I don't know, but I know I've prepared the best I can for the 12 hard rounds that I have in front of me if it goes that long."

Cameron would like to finish things more quickly than that if possible. He's the bigger puncher, courtesy of his long time in the heavyweight division. He doesn't believe his power has been compromised by his weight loss.

Green has even pushed Cameron harder, demanding that the Kiwi go below the division's limit of 90.7 as part of the fight agreement.

"He will see that as an advantage," Cameron said. "But I will probably be about 94kg on fight night and he will be about 85kg. That's a big difference.

"I've got a lot more power than him. That's a given. I have to catch him with it first and that's the challenge."

Fighting on Australian soil with a local judge alongside a Kiwi and an American, Cameron knows he is going to have to put the result beyond doubt one way or the other.

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"I want to take the judges out of the equation," he says, pointing to a knockout. "I've ticked all the boxes in training. My confidence is sky high."

Cameron's trainer, the respected Henry Schuster, concurs: "It's all mental business now, because we've done the hard work.

"But these are long days now, just waiting and looking at each other. That's why it's important to make sure the mind is right."

Schuster based a lot of Cameron's final phase of sparring around defence.

He is adamant Green will try to jab his way to victory. Schuster brought young Kiwi cruiserweight David Aloua into camp to work specifically on this.

"David is a tough boy. He's not as fast as Green, but he has a quick jab, which is what I think will be Danny Green's best shot in this fight.

"We wanted someone with a nice fast, straight jab and David gave us that. He has kept Shane honest."

Schuster believes willpower will be a key to this fight and he senses Green's weight demands on Cameron may backfire on the Australian.

"Shane has had a lot on his plate, especially with losing the weight, but that has brought out the best in him with his discipline and determination. That's his edge.

"Whoever wants it more is going to win this fight."

- Sunday News

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