Green loses in TKO

ANTONIO Tarver may have ended Rocky's on-screen career and last night he ruined the dream of Danny Green, capturing the Australian's IBO world cruiserweight title in a stunning upset.

Trying to defend his belt for a fifth time, Green was beaten by the American veteran in a TKO at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

The Green camp had no choice but to end the fight after the Perth-born 38-year-old headed back to the wrong corner at the conclusion of the ninth round, which left the Australian wobbly after 15 unanswered blows by Tarver.

Green held back tears as he addressed the crowd after a fight where he was on the back foot after the first minute. ''I fought a great fighter. I couldn't do a thing right tonight,'' he said. ''I had a terrible night. I'm so gutted, I couldn't do it for you guys.''

The victory gave Tarver, who played Mason ''The Line'' Dixon in the most recent edition of the Rocky series, his fifth world title.


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