2003-08-16 Markus Beyer w disq 5 Danny Green, Nurburgring Formula One Racetrack, Nuremburg, Germany - WBC

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2003-08-16 Markus Beyer w disq 5 Danny Green, Nurburgring Formula One Racetrack, Nuremburg, Germany - WBC. Referee: Bill Clancy. Green made a great start when having the southpaw champion over in the opening two sessions from big right hooks. However, he also had a point deducted in the second when an accidental butt left Beyer (167½) badly cut over the right eye. Although Beyer came back refreshed in the third he was still being outworked by Green, but by the fourth he finally won a round when holding his boxing together. At this stage the hard-punching Green was still ahead, almost throwing Beyer to the floor in the fifth as he looked for a finish. By now Beyer was bleeding heavily, and following another butt from Green that opened up a further cut on the champion’s right eye the referee was advised by the ringside doctor to stop the fight. At that point, with the butt deemed to be intentional instead of being handed the win Green found himself on the end of a disqualification defeat, timed at 2.15 of the fifth.

On 20 December 2003, at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada, when Green stopped Eric Lucas in the sixth round he won the WBC ‘interim’ title in doing so. Regardless, he would have to wait some 15 months before being given another crack at the title.