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From Fightnews.

WBA light heavyweight world champion Danny Green has confirmed he is retiring from boxing immediately, saying he wants to get out of the fight game to protect himself and his family.

Green had looked impressive in sparring sessions with Lawrence Tauasa in Sydney last week while training for a mandatory defence of his WBA title against Argentina's Hugo Garay on April 27. However, Green returned to Western Australia over the weekend, telling his family he intended to quit.

"I am getting out on my terms, with my dignity and respect intact," Green said. "I have made the decision of an intelligent man - looking to 25 years in the future. There was talk of me retiring after the Anthony Mundine fight. I knew I had more to offer and I am very glad I trusted my instincts."

Green's decision to hang up his gloves means there will be no potentially lucrative rematch with long-time rival and verbal sparring partner Mundine.

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Green lost by controversial fifth round disqualification against Germany's Markus Beyer in a WBC world title challenge in August 2003.

In his best ring performance - Green won the WBC interim super middleweight belt with a sixth round stoppage of Canadian Eric Lucas in Canada four months later, before suffering a second loss to Beyer in March 2005, a majority points decision in Zwickau.

Green subsequently severed ties with his trainer and former triple world champion Jeff Fenech and hired Cuban trainer Ismael Salas.

His long-awaited domestic clash with Mundine finally eventuated in May 2006 when he suffered a unanimous points loss in a bout at Sydney's Aussie Stadium attended by around 30,000 spectators.

Green then decided to move up to the light heavyweight division and scored wins inside the distance over Jason DeLisle, Paul Murdoch and Otis Griffin before getting a world title crack at Stipe Drews last December. The Australian dominated a disappointing bout against a surprisingly passive Drews, achieving his world title dream by earning three lopsided scores on the judges' cards.

Green scored 25 wins with only three losses - 22 by knockou
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