Allan Green wants people to know that Andre Ward won't be the only boxer in the ring when the two meet Saturday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Green, looking to win Ward's WBA super middleweight title and stamp himself as a legitimate contender in Showtime's Super Six Boxing Classic, has some impressive knockout clips — most notably an eight-second destruction of Jaidon Codrington in 2005 that Ring Magazine named its knockout of the year.
"I am a puncher, but what a lot of people fail to realize is I'm a true boxer," Green said at a news conference Wednesday at the Oracle's Courtside Club.
Yet it's clear Green, 29-1 with 20 knockouts, sees Ward as less than imposing in terms of his ability to stand and deliver.
Green said he knows Ward's style because he once fought the same way himself — when he was an amateur.
During a recent conference call, he called Ward a "hummingbird," hardly conjuring images of ferocity.
Ward's domination of Denmark's Mikkel Kessler at Oracle on Nov. 21 to win the title on a technical decision (it went to the scorecards after 11 rounds after an unintentional head butt by Ward), Green said, was one of style rather than substance.
"Kessler understands English. He doesn't understand jive," Green said. "That's why he couldn't deal with Andre Ward. I speak jive very well and will Saturday night."
When the Ward fight was announced on May 4, Green immediately emphasized his superior punch.
"I hit a lot harder than Andre Ward," Green said. "I can afford to make a mistake, he cannot."
An inch taller with a four-inch reach advantage, Green knows how to turn leverage into power, with 14 knockouts inside of three rounds and six in the first round. And although Ward has 13 stoppages among his 21 wins without a loss, conventional wisdom has it Green's best chance to beat the hometown favorite is by knockout.
"I've trained like I'm fighting a monster," Ward said. "Mentally and physically, that's what I'm preparing for."
Green, 30, counts his only loss against Edison Miranda in 2007, the same Miranda decisioned by Ward over 12 rounds in May 2009. Green dropped Miranda but couldn't finish him, and was nearly stopped himself in the final round.
The bout was fought at 162 pounds, 6 pounds less than the 168-pound super middleweight limit, and Green was also troubled by digestive issues that later resulted in surgery to remove 85 percent of his colon.
"I was about 30 percent for that bout," Green said. "I'm healthy now."
Green entered the Super Six when Jermain Taylor was knocked out by Arthur Abraham and left the tournament. Fighters are awarded three points for a knockout win and two points for a decision, with Green the lone entrant who hasn't had a bout.
He insists he respects Ward, although most of his compliments hint at his opponent's lack of power.
Asked if he thought it was possible for Ward to hurt him, Green said, "Anything's possible, but I'm not here to get busted up. I'm here to do the busting up. Saying he's a hummingbird wasn't anything derogatory. He's always moving, always keeping you off-balance.
"It's an effective style. A lot of people say it's an amateur style, but it works for him."
Ward's trainer, Virgil Hill, has heard it all before.
"To the untrained eye (what Andre does) looks like finesse because he does it so easily," Hill said. "But you ask any fighter who's been in there with him and he'll tell you different."