Multi-time world champion hints that the end is near for his career.
Danny Green has given his strongest indication that he is close to calling time on his glittering boxing career saying he wants to be able to look after his young family when he is older.
Green, who is the current IBO cruiserweight champion at 40 years of age, said only a massive offer would lure him back into the ring before his current title expires at the end of August.
“I want to be in charge of my family and protect my family when I’m older,” Green said.
“If any problems arise for my children, my family or friends, physically and mentally I want to be capable.
“If that means sacrificing a couple more years in the sport I love and I’ve been successful in … if it’s detrimental to me it has to happen.
“First and foremost to me is my kids.
“If I can’t protect my kids, guide my kids through life, be their father and their friend, there’s no point.
“I’ve been bashed in the face for 22 years.
“You never know what’s around the corner and the next punch can change that.”
It is not the first time Green has walked away from the sport due to concerns about what a long career might mean for his future health.
In March 2008, while he was the then holder of the WBA light-heavyweight title, Green made the shock announcement that he was walking away from the sport.
However, the hiatus only lasted until April 2009 when he returned to the ring to beat Anthony van Niekerk in his hometown of Perth.
A win against Julio Cesar Dominguez for an IBO cruiserweight in American then set up one of the biggest fights of Green’s career against future hall-of-famer Roy Jones Jnr.
Green caused a sensation when he stopped the American in the first round due to a technical knockout.
A points win over B.J Flores was followed by two heavy losses to Antonio Tarver and Krzysztof Włodarczyk.
However, ‘The Green machine hit back and earned a points win over Danny Santiago before reclaiming his IBO cruiserweight title lost to Tarver, when the Australian beat New Zealand fighter Shane Cameron.
If Green was to retire now he would finished with a record of 33 wins from 38 fights with 28 victories by way of knockout.