Fighter Profile: Allan Green
Allan Green is a rising, highly ranked super middleweight. 2010 is the year where he will have an opportunity to rise to the top of the ultra-talented super middleweight division. Green, 30, has a record of 29-1 (20 KOs).
Green established himself as a top-notch amateur winning the Oklahoma State Championship 5 times. He culminated a standout amateur career with a win in the 2002 National Golden Gloves. During the tournament, he broke Mike Tyson’s record (8 seconds) for the fastest KO in a National Golden Gloves tournament. His amateur record was 55-6.
Early Pro Career
In late 2002, Green turned pro and instantly became a prospect to watch with a string of impressive victories. In his fourth bout, he won a 4-round decision over current top cruiserweight contender Ola Afolabi. Green kept cruising, beating various journeymen and neophytes in a typical ascent into contention. After 17 straight wins, he faced off with fellow prospect Jaidon Codrington on a Shobox telecast in 2005. In a notoriously brutal knockout, Green dispatched Codrington in 18 seconds.
Moving into Contention
With a little bit of “heat” building around Green, he made several appearances fighting on ESPN with mostly excellent results. Among his triumphs were stoppage wins over former Contender Series participants Donny McCrary and Anthony Bonsante, as well as wins over 33-4 veteran Emmett Linton and 17-1 Jerson Ravelo.
An undefeated Green then took on hard-punching top contender Edison Miranda in a high profile match-up. Green took a crushing right hand in the first that wobbled him and ebbed his resolve. Round after round, Miranda outworked and outpunched a reluctant and listless Green. In the 8th round, Green dropped Miranda with a perfect left hook. Miranda got up, however, and by the tenth and final round, Green was hanging on for dear life, going down twice and barely making the bell. Miranda won a wide decision.
A few months after the Miranda setback, Green scored a comeback win over Darrell Woods. Shortly after that, he had a surgery where the majority of his colon was removed. He claims it adversely affected him for his bout with Miranda. Surely, there have been worse excuses for a listless performance.
Green spent the next two years getting what fights he could and rebuilding his confidence. His last fight was a decision win over tricky veteran Tarvis Simms.
One man’s misfortune is another man’s gain, as Green has replaced Jermain Taylor in the Super Six Boxing Classic. Taylor pulled out in light of suffering two back-to-back KO losses, particularly the brutal loss to Arthur Abraham. Green was supposed to fight tough Sakio Bika for a ticket into the tournament, but Bika pulled out, paving the way for Green.
On April 17, Green faces recent Mikkel Kessler-conqueror, Andre Ward in a tantalizing match. The direction of Green’s future will depend on his performance in that fight, as well as in the rest of the tournament. 2010 is a crossroads year for this promising and talented fighter.