Boxing: Large payday in offing

By Steve Deane

Evander Holyfield made a successful transition from the cruiserweight division to become the heavyweight champion. Photo / Kenny Rodgers
Evander Holyfield made a successful transition from the cruiserweight division to become the heavyweight champion. Photo / Kenny Rodgers

Should he defeat Danny Green tonight, Shane Cameron will target a lucrative unification fight against one of the four other champions in the fractured cruiserweight division.

While the lower weight division is often treated as a stepping stone to the glamour heavyweight ranks - Evander Holyfield and David Haye are two big name fighters to have successfully stepped up - Cameron's manager Ken Reinsfield has indicated the Kiwi's future now lies at the 90.7kg mark.

Of his 31 fights, just four have been at cruiserweight. He returned to heavyweight to fight David Tua's conqueror Monte Barrett primarily because of the marketability of that fight. Likewise, the transtasman battle with Green has plenty of box office appeal, with the bonus of a tilt at the vacant IBO title thrown in.

However, Cameron is unlikely to yo-yo between the weight classes as much in the future.

WBC cruiserweight champion Krzystof Wlodarzyk seems a likely target should Cameron win tonight.

The Pole has shown a willingness to travel to this part of the world, defeating Green in Perth last November. Green was well ahead on all three judges' scorecards before Wlodarzyk knocked him out in the 11th round.

The other notable champions are Cuban Yoan Pablo Hernandez (IBF), Russian Denis Lebedev (WBA) and German Marco Huck (WBO). A unification fight against any of them - potentially in New Zealand - would likely produce a big payday, while it would also be a counter to criticism over the standing of the IBO title.

- NZ Herald

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