Green retains title with 3rd-round knockout

Australian Danny Green retained his IBO cruiserweight world

title Wednesday with a third-round knockout of Puerto Rico’s Manny

Siaca.

Green started the opening round strongly at Challenge Stadium

and knocked Siaca down with a powerful right hook in the second.

With a minute left in the third round, Siaca, 34, was counted out

by the referee after three right hooks from the Australian.

Green, who improved to 29 wins from 32 fights, with 26

knockouts, has defeated Anthony van Niekerk, Julio Cesar Dominguez,

Roy Jones Jr., and Siaca since coming out of retirement early last

year.

Siaca’s record slipped to 22-7.

“I hit him early,” the 37-year-old Green said. “He took about

20 or 30 uppercuts and he felt the power and was intimidated by

it.”

It was Siaca’s seventh fight since defeating former Australian

rugby league player Anthony Mundine in 2004 to take the WBA super

middleweight title.