|Allan Green: “I am going to destroy Anthony Bonsante!”
INTERVIEW By Benny Henderson Jr. / Photo © J.D. Crenshaw (July 20, 2006)
This Friday night July 21st on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma two super middleweights will collide when the undefeated hometown hero Allan Green 20-0 (14) goes head to head in a heated exchange against the roughhouse Minnesotan Anthony Bonsante 26-7-3 (15) in a scheduled ten round war.
The two combatants were set to square off against one another last April but a cut eye sidelined the ‘Bullet’ so Green’s former sparring partner Donnie McCrary stepped in to do the deed in what seemingly would be a walk in the park for ‘Sweetness’. But sparks flew in round three after McCray arose from a massive body shot to rock and drop the 6’2” frame of Green who appeared shook up the remainder of the round but held on to come back and stop the ‘Savage’ one in the sixth round via TKO.
“You know I am glad it happened,” revealed Green of the knockdown. “It was a reality check for me to go on and be a great fighter. Before the McCray fight nobody was willing to fight me, now I hope Allan Green’s phone will ring, I want people to think that I am vulnerable.”
With the past behind him and Friday night just days away Green is ready to finally get down and dirty against Bonsante.
“I am glad this fight is finally going to happen, it was getting in the way of my progress,” said Green. “I am going to knock his head off, when he climbs in the ring Friday night he is going to look like an amateur!”
His opponent was a former featured boxer on the boxing reality television series ‘The Contender’. Bonsante is coming
off a three-fight losing streak in a nine-month hiatus from the ring.
The thirty five year old, who Green describes as having a very ugly style that can make anybody look bad in a fight because he fights to survive and isn’t afraid to clinch, has gone head-to-head with some tough customers in his time as a pro. He pounded out a draw against the future Roy Jones Jr. opponent Prince Badi Ajamu in 2002; he retired the tough Texan fighter Tony Ayala Jr. in early 2003 with an eleventh round TKO victory; and his biggest win came against fellow ‘Contender’ contestant Brent Cooper with a third round TKO which was televised live on the series in September of ’04. Since that point Bonsante has three losing efforts and is in hopes of thrashing out a W over the undefeated Green in a nationally televised fight.
But the outspoken Green has other plans for the night and has tacked on new trainer John David Jackson to his arsenal. Jackson is a former middleweight champion who has worked with the likes of Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley, whom Green says is a great addition to his team.
In closing Green explained his stance in the fight world and plans for Bonsante this Friday night.
“I am the best on the planet, Allan Green is no fluke,” he said. “I am the real deal. Hell, I’ll even drop to 160 to fight Jermain Taylor! If you want Allan Green come and get it! I am the truth and come fight night I with show a beautiful display of speed and power. I am going to destroy Anthony Bonsante and after this fight he may never fight again!”
I would like to thank Allan Green for another entertaining and insightful interview.
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