Green and Cronje win in Perth
Danny Green stopped Danny Santiago in the fifth round of their cruiserweight fight in Perth on Wednesday night.
On the undercard, Pieter Cronjé, a South African who is now based in Australia, stopped 41-year-old Oscar Siale in the tenth round to win the vacant IBO international cruiserweight title.
Green's victory took the Australian idol's professional record to 32-5, including 28 knockouts. But at the age of 39 years he is nearing the end of his career.
Green said it was his last fight in Perth but did not elaborate about his short-term plans.
Santiago, an American veteran, was knocked down twice in the fourth round. The first trip to the floor came from a body shot and the second was the result of a left hook that almost sent him out of the ring.
Santiago’s record dropped to 31-6, with 27 knockouts.
Green, who has held three “world” titles and is credited with ending the career of Roy Jones, dominated the bout from the opening bell.
Santiago, who is from the Bronx in New York, was simply unable to handle the Aussie’s power.
He was a weary fighter when he got up from his stool for the fifth round and a barrage of punches soon sent him down again. The referee stopped the bout 2 minutes 47 seconds into the round.
Cronje's record now stands at 14-5-1, with 10 knockouts. Siale dropped to 14-12; 4.