By Craig Watt
It was confirmed today at a press conference in Brisbane that WBA#1 ranked middleweight Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KO’s) will challenge unbeaten IBO champion Daniel Geale (22-0, 13 KO’s) at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on May 27th. This is an exciting clash of two of Australia’s finest middleweights and is seen by many as one of the best Australian match-ups in recent years. The controversial Mundine stated today, “Daniel is a good little fighter, great amateur background. But I am the best. I’m the man. I am not going to under prepare – he is not undefeated for nothing. But at my best not Geale, not Sturm, none of the middleweight contenders can match with me.” The 36 year old former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion hinted this could be his last fight on Australian soil as he prepares to challenge some of the best in the middleweight division.
“After I win this IBO title all I want is champions. I don’t want to be messing around with no challengers,” stated Mundine.
When questioned about his potential return with former WBA light-heavyweight champion Danny Green he replied, “Its not a priority- my goal is to be undisputed middleweight champion of the world. I want Felix Sturm, Arthur Abraham and Kelly Pavlik. Unless they give me the money to make me rub my hands then you can scratch his name off. I have been there with Green and done that but at the end of the day boxing is a business, so the only thing that can inspire me is the money.”
Danny Green makes his ring return on April 26th at the Challenger Stadium in Perth against South African Anthony van Nierkirk (21-6-2, 13KO’s).