Dave "Boy" Green (born David Robert Green on 2 June 1953) was a British boxer from Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, a small fenland town and boxed as the "Fenland Tiger".
In his youth at Cromwell School
he was keen on football
but took up boxing in 1967 joining the Chatteris Amateur Boxing Club. His trainer was Arthur Binder who had taught Eric Boon, a famous local boxer. In 1969, Green won the National Federation of Boys' Clubs championship. Green had 105 amateur contests winning 74 with 33 inside the distance.
In 1974, Green turned professional under the guidance of Andy Smith his manager. It was the same year (26 October 1974) he married Kay Curson of Sutton.
British Lonsdale Belt
On 1 June 1976
, Green entered the ring in a tiger-skin dressing-gown to win the British light-welterweight
Championship (Lonsdale Belt
) against Joey "The Jab" Singleton
of Liverpool with powerful hooks to the head and body. Though receiving stinging jabs all the while. Singleton was the better boxer, but Green's power began to show. The crowd wanted Green to deliver his "muck spreader" punch but his boxing lead to a retirement in 6th round.
First European title
On 7 December 1976
Green took on the Pride of Paris Jean-Baptiste Piedvache for the European light welterweight championship. Green was staged in the 8th round but Piedvache's left eye was closing. With a strong right and left hooks Green retired Piedvache in the 9th round while ahead on points. It was Green's 22 straight win with 18 inside the distance.
WBC Title eliminator
Dave "Boy" Green fought John H. Stracey
on 29 March 1977
at Wembley as a final eliminator to challenge for the WBC title. Stracey was a former WBC world champion from the tough East End of London and it was anybody's fight. But Green's desire for victory won through as Stracey's left eye started to close. There could be no doubt Green had earned a shot at the WBC title.
Second European Title win
Dave Boy Green took on Henry Rhiney
a Jamaican who boxed out of Luton winning with a 5 RSC. It was an all British fight with all the tickets sold. The bout started at a terrific pace both men going toe-to-toe. A solid right to the head of Rhiney lead Mr Nathan to stop the fight. Green was a dual European Champion the first Englishman since Ted "Kid" Lewis in 1920.
Due to money the WBC Champion Wilfred Benitez
contracted to fight Sugar Ray Leonard
. That meant Green had to defend his European title against the experienced 36 year old Dane Jorgen Hansen
on the 28 June 1979
. Looking for a quick finish Green left himself open being KO
in the 3rd round by a vicious right. Being a true sportsman Green applauded Hansen when the belt was presented.
WBC Title challenge - Carlos Palomino
Dave Boy Green's first WBC welterweight bout was on 14 June 1977
against Carlos Palomino
of Los Angeles
at Wembley London. Fortunes swayed with Green digging deep his left eye closing but Palomino boxed superbly to win by a left-hook KO in 11th round. It was the first time Green had been floored as a professional.
WBC Title challenge - Sugar Ray Leonard
The final challenge for the WBC welterweight
belt happened on 31 March 1980
against the holder Sugar Ray Leonard
at the Capital Centre Landover, Maryland
USA, which Green lost by a KO in the 4 round. The Times Newspaper reported " Leaning forward, dipping to left and right so that either hand could hit with equal venom, Leonard struck Green with a left and followed up quickly with a right-left-right, that started a clangour in Green's head, and the Briton crashed on to his back at the same place in the ring where Carlos Palomino had sent him topping backwards." Green showed lots of spirit but he did not have the answer to Sugar Ray Leonard's masterly boxing skill and timing.
Dave Boy Green's final bout 3 November 1981
was at the Royal Albert Hall
against Reg Ford a New York based Guyanan who was a one time sparring partner to Thomas Hearns
. Andy Smith retired Green in the 5 round with cuts and closing left eye. It was the correct decision to end Green's career when his fans remembered him as one of Britain's most popular and exciting fighters. Green was active when Leonard, Hearns and Duran fought at any other time he would have most likely been a World Champion.
Currently Green is Chairman of Renoak Limited in Chatteris, a company he founded with Bob Emerson. Dave takes part in charity golf events and is a respected member of the local community. His success can be summed up by Sugar Ray Leonard
, "Dave was a brave fighting man who never gave less than one hundred per cent whenever he put the gloves on. He is a warm human being who does tremendous work for charity, and I'm thrilled he has made such a success in business".
Professional Record 1974–1981
- January 20 1976 George McGurk W KO 2 Royal Albert Hall London
- March 2 Billy Waith W RSF 11 Royal Albert Hall London
- (Final eliminator for British Light-Welterweight Title)
- March 20 Giuseppe Minotti W RSF 4 Wembley
- April 6 Jim Montague W Pts 8 Royal Albert Hall London
- April 27 Herbie McLean W Ret 4 Royal Albert Hall London
- June 1 Joey Singleton W Ret 6 Royal Albert Hall London
- British Light-Welterweight Title
- June 22 Ernesto Bergamesco W RSC 5 Wembley
- September 14 Jean-Pierre Younsi W RSC 1 Royal Albert Hall London
- October 12 Ugo Di Pietro W RSC 1 Wembley
- October 26 Ramiro "Clay" Bolanos W RSC 4 Royal Albert Hall London
- November 9 Jimmy Heair W Pts 10 Wembley
- December 7 Jean Bapistie Piedvache W Ret 9 Royal Albert Hall London
- vacant European light-welterweight title
- January 23 1979 Henry Rhiney W RSC 5 Royal Albert Hall London
- (European Welterweight Title)
- May 1 Lawrence Hafey W RSC 5 Wembley
- May 15 Rafael Rodriguez W RSC 8 Wembley CC
- June 28 Jorgen Hansen L KO 3 Randers, Denmark
- (European welterweight title)
- September 25 Steve Michelarya W RSC 3 Wembley
- December 4 Dick Eckland W Pts 10 Wembley
- January 27 1981 Gary Holmgren W RSC 6 Royal Albert Hall London
- February 24 Jose Ramon Gomez Fouz W Pts 8 Royal Albert Hall London
- June 2 Danny Lond W RSC 2 Royal Albert Hall London
- November 3 Reg Ford L Ret 5 Royal Albert Hall London
- Bouts Take: 41
- Won: 37 (29 inside the distance)
- Lost: 4