Danny Green in the Whitsundays
WORLD boxing champion Danny Green arrived in the Whitsundays on Tuesday ahead of the ‘Trouble in Paradise' professional fight night this Saturday.
Although he will not be fighting on Saturday night, Green will be a special ringside guest and is sure to attract plenty of attention from personal fans and spectators alike.
As Green is preparing for his world title defence against BJ Flores in Perth next month, he was scheduled to arrive only hours before the fight night to minimise any disruption to his training regime.
But due to the sudden death of his dear friend, Ria Plug, Green arrived at the Plug family home in Cannonvale on Tuesday, ready to honour Mrs Plug as a pall bearer at her funeral yesterday morning.
“For me to be at her funeral is very special and very important for me to show my regards and respect to a lady who helped me immensely in my career,” Green told the Whitsunday Times on Tuesday.
“Henk [Plug] and his family were my original sponsors, they've stuck by me.
“They're still on my trunks and they'll remain on my trunks until the day I die.”
Although Green said it was not the ideal preparation for his upcoming fight, he described what it meant to have a boxing fight night with both amateurs and professionals in the Whitsundays.
“I think it's great for the sport and great for the Whitsundays to have a bit of professional boxing up here,” he said.
“Hopefully with Henk's input, with his standing in the community, not just the boxing community but the community in general, hopefully the people in the Whitsundays turn out in force to support it and hopefully it's going to be an on-going event and can give the kids something to strive for.”