Cameron, Green cagey over future plans

CHRIS BARCLAY IN MELBOURNE
Last updated 07:13 22/11/2012

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By professional boxing's standards Danny Green and Shane Cameron didn't make any rash pronouncements ahead of last night's IBO cruiserweight world title fight, and they maintained that cautious approach after it when asked to contemplate the future.

Green was inevitably asked about his retirement plans after his career was invigorated by condemning Cameron to his third defeat - and first by way of unanimous decision.

All Green was firm about was toasting his history-making triumph at Melbourne's Hisense Arena, his fourth title is the most by an Australian and it is a landmark sure to be celebrated enthusiastically.

"Like I said (in the ring), a couple of cans with the crew," said Green when quizzed in his plans as he rehydrated in his dressing room.

Less than two hours earlier Green entered the arena as a highlights package of his greatest hits played on the venue's big screens. It had the hallmarks of a retirement tribute but perhaps it was just an attempt to unsettle Cameron.

"I'm nearly 40 .....I'll play it by ear," Green said, fending off yet another inquiry.

"I'm going to chill and enjoy it. The longer I've gone in the sport, the more I've learnt to relax and enjoy the victories.

"I'm not making any decisions. I'm going to enjoy this and go back and cuddle my daughter and cuddle my son."

Down the corridor Cameron was having a more sombre reflection.Retirement is not an option but the 35-year-old does have to make a call between continuing on as a cruiserweight or reverting to his stock trade, the heavyweight division.

Nursing cuts on his eyebrows and a developing shiner, Cameron's first priority was to recover from the physical and mental trauma associated with an unsuccessful end to his first world title fight.

"The hunger's still there but I'm not thinking about it to be honest," he said before hitting the showers.

Then he was looking forward to unwinding with family and friends before returning to Auckland this afternoon for a break - and some hearty meals after eight weeks of rations.

A gym junkie by necessity, Cameron wouldn't veg out long before returning to his North Shore exercise business.

"I'll probably give it a week. I'll show my face once the bruises have gone away."

Cameron's manager Ken Reinsfield said the downtime was mandatory.

"It was a brutal fight. Shane's got to take some time off to recover and get his body back together and then we'll look at where we go from here," he said.

Meanwhile, though Green was indecisive about his own future he felt Cameron's was still viable.

"He lives to fight another day. He got outclassed and outmuscled. I jumped on him, I shocked him .... That's the game of boxing," Green said.

"Let's see if he's got the championship calibre to come back, I believe he has."

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