New Zealand's Shane Cameron has warned Danny Green he will experience a new level of power when they fight for the IBO cruiserweight title in Melbourne on Wednesday night.
Cameron has well into Melbourne to prepare for his first crack at a world title and held an open training session there last weekend.
He recognises Green's experience that includes three world titles in different weight divisions but Cameron believes he will bring something new to the ring for the veteran west Australian.
"I know I'm the stronger guy in this fight and if one of my punches really lands ... it's going to be a bad night for Danny Green," Cameron said.
"I'm the biggest puncher Danny Green has faced and the only way he will stay away from my power is by running. But I don't think he can do that for 12 rounds."
Cameron is a natural heavyweight who has had to shed 9kg to meet the 89kg mark set for tomorrow's weigh-in.
He says that means he has the natural power and denies losing the weight will translate to a drop in his bop.
The 39-year-old Green is vulnerable in this division. His corner threw in the towel after Antonio Tarver battered him for nine rounds in Sydney in July last year.
Tarver was later stripped of the title after testing positive for steroids, an unexpected development that set up this trans-Tasman battle for the belt.
"I was born with power and certainly don't need drugs to increase it," Cameron said in a cheeky reference to Tarver and another warning of what Green can expect.
It's a fascinating fight and hard to predict.
At 35 Cameron is four years younger and certainly has knockout ability to go with his undeniable commitment.
Green has already hinted this may be his last fight and he wants to go out in style.
His experience is undeniable and he has fast hands and fast feet to frustrate Cameron. But does he really have the drive to survive, with his willpower severely questioned in his most recent fights?
The bookmakers on both side of the ditch favour Green.
The New Zealand TAB has Green a firm favourite to win at $1.57 compared to Cameron at $2.25.
Leading Australian bookies Centrebet are even firmer in their belief that Green is the man for the occasion. They have him at $1.40 and Cameron at $2.85.
The early finish option also lies with Green.
The TAB has Green at $2.20 and Cameron at $2.80 for a knockout victory with Centrebet offering Green at $1.90 and Cameron at $3.25.
If the fight lasts the 12 rounds the TAB sees Green ($5) a better bet than Cameron ($6) for a points decision.
Centrebet has Green at $4.50 and Cameron at $9 for that option.
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