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Usually when boxers from the Midwest face fighters from the East or West Coast, they are being used as stepping stones or flat out "opponents:" guys who are there to serve as cannon fodder, provide a few rounds and get out of there.
But that isn't the case when Tulsa's Allan Green (17-0) takes on Big Apple prospect Jaidon Codrington (9-0) in the main event of a highly-anticipated ShoBox telecast (Friday, 11 p.m. ET/PT) from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.
But the talkative Green isn't awed by his New York counterpart Codrington, one-half of the fabled "Chin Checkers."
|“||He's a bum. He's a bum that fights bums. ”|
|— Allan Green on foe Jaidon Codrington|
"He's a bum," Green said, flatly. "He's a bum that fights bums."
OK, but does he think that "The Don" looks at him as a small town hick?
"Nah, he knows better for the simple fact he's seen me fight before," Green said.
"So he knows I'm not a hick. He remembers me from the amateurs. I was a National Golden Gloves champion, just as he was. He knows what he's gotten himself into; quiet as it's kept, he really didn't want this fight."
There's no doubt in his mind, that because of his geographic background, he's severely underrated and overlooked.
"Oh, yeah," Green said. "Most definitely, because as far as I'm concerned I get criticized and ridiculed for fighting certain guys but I haven't done anything different from any other prospect in the world. I pretty much went the same path as most prospects that I've seen. This will be the fourth undefeated guy I've fought since I turned pro. Jeff Lacy, no disrespect to him, but he hasn't fought anybody undefeated since he turned pro. But I have, and I get criticized for not fighting anybody."
|Green (right) claims the prospect of facing Codrington is underwhelming.|
To him, fighters from both coasts are generally over-hyped just because of their location.
"Of course, location has a lot to do with it. I mean most guys get overrated just because a guy's from here. 'OK, we'll give him more props, he has more recognition being out here.' So of course, I mean it's obvious."
Green was the first Golden Gloves champion from the Sooner state since 1956. But he does admit that getting good work in the gyms is a bit more difficult than it is say in Los Angeles, Philadelphia or New York, since the talent pool isn't as deep.
"That was a big problem in the amateurs," Green said. "I never, in my whole amateur career, ever had sparring. I won a National Golden Gloves without sparring. It was a huge problem and I didn't get to fight the kind of guys that fighters from Philly, New York, East Coast or West Coast got to fight.
"And to me, that's saying a lot for me to go in there on just natural raw talent and win a National Golden Gloves without the proper schooling that everybody else had."
Like many young hopefuls who don't reside in your usual boxing hotbeds, he did make the move to a more boxing conducive environment early on his in his professional career.
"I went out to L.A. briefly and worked with James Toney and Freddie Roach," he said. Since then, he has relocated to Tulsa.
"But if I needed to leave, I would. But there's really no reason for me to leave. Now, I'm at the point in my career where if I need sparring, I have sparring partners flown in. So I don't need all that hype and it's not about being out there to be a great fighter. You can be a great fighter anywhere. It's not where you're from, it's how hard you come."
It's not everyday that you see two undefeated prospects facing each other at this stage of their careers, but to Green's promoter, Tony Holden, the time is right to roll the dice.
"I think there's a point when you handle a fighter where he's going to take a risk in his career to be known as a worthy competitor and I think Allan is by far the best 168-pound prospect out there," Holden said.
"And the only other one out there is Codrington and this fight is probably premature, but I'm very confident Allan's going to prevail."
Green, like most prospects, has been brought along judiciously, but Holden thinks Codrington is untested entering this match.
"I think he's been protected; I think Allan, even though he's at a young age, he's more seasoned and I think Allan will be able to handle anything Codrington throws at him," Holden said.
|“||What I said was, 'Look, I want somebody better.' I wanted to fight Librado Andrade or Oscar Bravo. I said, 'Fighting him, Jaidon Codrington, is a waste of my time.' All the guys he fights are blown up '54-pounders and blown up '60-pounders. ”|
|— Allan Green, recalling his reaction when he learned Jaidon Codrington was his opponent|
"This fight has a lot of hype because it's really the two best prospects in the super middleweight division and I'm very, very confident that Allan's going to win this fight."
Green had no hesitation in taking on this assignment.
"I laughed, actually," Green said.
"What I said was, 'Look, I want somebody better.' I wanted to fight Librado Andrade or Oscar Bravo. I said, 'Fighting him, Jaidon Codrington, is a waste of my time.' All the guys he fights are blown up '54-pounders and blown up '60-pounders. The last guy he fought I know pretty well and I'm just like, 'If you got to put in guys like that and prepare for me, that's a big mistake.' I said, 'Man, give me someone else. This is a waste of my time.'
"So I've seen the tape and they're trying to hype the fight up and now I see he's on the Internet running his mouth. So I just issued a challenge to him, I told him since he wants to act like a big-time fighter, to fight like one. Damn the eight rounds, let's fight like real men. Let's go 10 or 12 rounds. I haven't gotten a reply from him yet."
Who knew guys from Tulsa could bring it like that?
But still, wouldn't it be a pretty nice notch on his belt to beat an undefeated New York prospect who has a little buzz about him?
"To me, honestly, he's just another opponent," Green said nonchalantly.
"I don't sensationalize anyone. I don't make them out to be bigger than what they are. I'm not fighting a name, I'm just fighting another fighter to me. So that's really nothing to me. As far as I'm concerned he only gets props mainly in New York and Connecticut, where he's from. But out here on the West Coast and the South, I mean nobody really knows the guy. He's nothing to me."