By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
At Monday’s press conference at the Star City Casino, former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine accused IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale of being a glorified amateur boxer and claimed that his USA promoter Gary Shaw used his influence with the IBF to help Geale in winning the IBF title against Sebastian Sylvester in 2011 and the WBA title against Felix Sturm in 2012 – ahead of there IBF middleweight title bout to be held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Wednesday.
“Because Sturm and Sylvester are robots,” Mundine said. “They haven’t got hands like me, haven’t got feet like me. I’ll hurt Daniel more in our fight than both those guys did. He’s a glorified amateur. This is not about how many punches you can throw, it’s about how you hit and be hit. It’s professional boxing and I’m gonna show him how it’s done. I’m gonna outbox him, outfox him and outfight him. Daniel Geale ain’t me. I told him he was going to be world champion if I wasn’t here. This boy ain’t on my level and I’m gonna take his belt again.”
Geale responded to say: “If this fight was about who talks the most, shit then, yeah, Anthony wins. When we went to Germany, everyone expected us to come back with nothing. But we went out there and did what no one else in Australia has done. So I know Anthony’s just trying to get into my head. You can see it a mile off. He’s just trying to distract me because that’s what he does.”
Gary Shaw also laughed off claims his influence had earned Geale two world titles – “If it had, I’d be asking for a pay rise.” and said “Mundine was simply making excuses for his impending loss to a fighter set to dethrone Jeff Fenech as Australia’s greatest.”
Shaw continued “Anthony Mundine is going to pay for all his comments about Daniel Geale, his family and his heritage,” Shaw said, turning to the controversial fighter as he spoke. “So don’t be late this Wednesday night, Anthony … I may even pick you up myself, just to make sure you go.”
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Promoter Bill Treacy, Gary Shaw, Tony Mundine