After 11 years of waiting, just 30 seconds into his rematch against arch rival Anthony Mundine and Green was gone. Concussed.
Green had been caught in the back of the head, while not looking, by a cheap shot from Mundine as referee Frank Garza tried to break the fighters.
Garza wanted to call Friday night's fight off, then and there.
And Green's boxing legacy came down to one single question from the ref: what is the ringside doctor's name?
"I'm looking at him (the ref) going 'ahhh ahhhh ahhhh'," Green said.
"He said: 'That's it. I'm calling it off'.