Cameron makes weight at official weigh-in

CHRIS BARCLAY
Last updated 21:39 20/11/2012
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PETER MEECHAM / Fairfax NZ
SLIMMING DOWN: Shane Cameron has dropped the weight required for his fight against Danny Green ahead of tonight's official weigh-in.

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The wait is almost over, "Danny weight" is no longer an issue.

Shane Cameron met the weight restriction demanded by Australia's three-time world champion Danny Green, ensuring tomorrow night's IBO cruiserweight title fight continues to be the main event at Melbourne's Hisense Arena.

Cameron, who is attempting to become New Zealand's first Kiwi-born world champion since "Torpedo" Billy Murphy won the featherweight crown by knocking out Ike "Spider" Weir at San Francisco in 1890, needed to drop 1.7kg between yesterday's press conference and this afternoon's weigh-in.

The 35-year-old natural heavyweight from Auckland by way of Gisborne tipped the scales at a precise 89kg at a public weigh-in - and recorded 88.5kg at the official weigh-in almost six hours later.

Green tipped the scales at 87.1kg.

It is unusual for bouts to have two weigh-ins but Cameron was relaxed at Green's ploy to delay his ability to bulk-up.

"This is just how Green does it. He tried to starve me a bit longer. That's all I can put it down to otherwise we can cut it off now here be done with it. They like to squeeze a bit more out of me."

While Cameron has had to watch his diet continuously throughout his eight-week preparation, Green revelled in telling the crowd how he had "pancakes, orange juice, coffee and bananas" for breakfast adding: "I'm pretty cool."

Green, who surrendered the belt to Antonio Tarver in July last year, had the power to dictate terms after the American was subsequently stripped of the title after testing positive for steroids.

The 39-year-old West Australian, who is said to be bound for retirement, initially wanted Cameron to reduce his standard 97kg frame to 86kg but both parties eventually agreed on 89kg - the standard cruiserweight benchmark is 90.7kg.

Green yesterday defended his right to impose the weight restriction.

"I'm the one putting my balls on the line fighting a heavyweight. I'm fighting a guy that'll be 10kg heavier than me when the bell goes.

"I'm just trying to square up the advantage that he's got as a bigger, stronger man.

"To make it fair for all parties it has to be 89kg. Would you like me to tie my left arm behind my back to make it fairer? Maybe chop a foot off as well and hop around the ring to make it fair? The guy's a monster."

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Cameron, who last fought as a heavyweight when knocking out American Monte Barrett in Auckland in July, said he had no issue shedding the kilos and was confident his conditioning was tip-top as he becomes the first Kiwi to challenge for a world title since David Tua's unsuccessful crack at then heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in Las Vegas 12 years ago.

Green and Cameron both presented in excellent shape as initial formalities took place at Crown Casino.

After flexing their biceps the duo stared down each other on the stage, Cameron fixed his gaze while Green played up to his fans.

Cameron reiterated he was in great shape for his first world title fight despite the weight-loss regime.

"It's definitely going to be a win on my side," he said.

"If I land one on Danny it's going to be a hard night for him."

Green, who has lost two of his last three fights by being stopped inside the distance, obviously disagreed.

"I think his prediction is incorrect," he bristled, after stepping off the scales.

A crowd of 7000 is expected to witness the actual outcome.

- Fairfax Media

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