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Aussie fighting icon Danny Green reveals why he's backing UFC star Tyson Pedro to the hilt as he makes shock switch to boxing

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  •  Ex-UFC star Tyson Pedro announces switch to pro boxing
  •  Danny Green says he’s expecting big things from the fighter
  •  Pedro was undefeated as an amateur pug and loves the sport

Former UFC star Tyson Pedro has announced he will make a shock switch to boxing professionally – and Australian boxing legend Danny Green believes he will be a success.

The 32-year-old UFC veteran announced he was hanging up the gloves earlier in the month following a unanimous decision loss to Vitor Petrino in the co-main event of Vegas 87.

On Wednesday morning, Pedro called a press conference in Sydney to announce his move to boxing, saying the sport was his first passion.

‘I’ve been into boxing since I was a kid,’ said Pedro, who was a successful amateur. 

‘But I’ve only been confident about coming back to it for just the last year.

‘It’s been on my mind for a long time.’

UFC star Tyson Pedro has announced he will make a shock switch to boxing professionally - and he has the backing of Aussie great Danny Green (pictured together on Wednesday)

UFC star Tyson Pedro has announced he will make a shock switch to boxing professionally – and he has the backing of Aussie great Danny Green (pictured together on Wednesday)

The 32-year-old announced he was hanging up his MMA gloves earlier this month and has been eyeing a switch to a sport that he's very passionate about

The 32-year-old announced he was hanging up his MMA gloves earlier this month and has been eyeing a switch to a sport that he’s very passionate about

Pedro will be joining the stable of Aussie boxing great Danny Green, and the former four-time world champion likes what he sees.

‘His passion has always been boxing,’ said Green.

‘I knew that he was an amateur champion, he went 5-0 before he went into MMA. Combat sports runs through this kid’s veins.’

‘He told he he always wanted to be a world champion boxer.

‘It made perfect sense. He’s an exciting guy, he’s got the x-factor, he’s powerful. 

‘He obsesses over what he does – and that’s important in this sport. He’s going to be fighting guys who are far more advanced in the sport of boxing.’

Pedro will be fighting at bridgerweight – a new weight division that sits between the WBC’s heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions.

Green says that while the former MMA star is not young, but he’s definitely not battle-worn in terms of boxing. 

Green (pictured with UFC star Jack Della Maddalena) says the move makes perfect sense

Green (pictured with UFC star Jack Della Maddalena) says the move makes perfect sense

Green says Pedro is serious about boxing and wants to make a statement in the sport

Green says Pedro is serious about boxing and wants to make a statement in the sport

‘He’s had a vision that he wants to be the WBC’s cruiserweight champion,’ said Green.

‘Tyson had this vision six years ago, he had a vision board and sent a message to his coach about it. He had the WBC belt on.

‘He wants to tear through the division, he wants to make a statement, he doesn’t want to take easy fights.

‘He wants to take on guys who are a serious challenge and that’s what’s going to capture people’s imagination.’