WORLD boxing champion Danny Green left the Whitsundays on Sunday with a smile from ear to ear.
Having been in the Whitsundays for almost a week, firstly as a pall bearer at the funeral of the late Ria Plug and secondly as the special guest at Trouble in Paradise on Saturday night, Green said the people of the Whitsundays made him very welcome during his time here.
“The best part of it was how many beautiful people I met,” Green said.
“It was a really memorable trip that I'll never forget.”
Green arrived in the Whitsundays last Tuesday and broke his training camp for the first time in his professional boxing career as he prepared for his world title defence against BJ Flores.
Although Green described it as “a break” the world champion still continued to train vigorously with intense sparring sessions featuring heavily on his agenda.
For most people though, the highlight of having an athlete of Green's calibre here in the Whitsundays came on Saturday night when hundreds of boxing fans were able to spend time with their idol.
Green said he was more than happy to support boxing in a regional community such as the Whitsundays which reminded him of his days as an amateur.
“All in all it was a great success,” he said.
“I'm used to being at a fight night where there are 15,000 people, so to get back to the grass roots was awesome.
“It took me back to the days when I first started.”
Green also said he believed there is a place for more events of this nature in the Whitsundays and said he would love to come back for such an event.
“It's got the potential to be something big,” he said.
“The most important thing to come out of it is that the sport of boxing will hopefully thrive off it in Airlie Beach.”
And with this, Green left with these last words.
“I'll definitely be back in Airlie Beach sooner rather than later.”
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