By Craig Watt
It has widely been anticipated that Australian boxers, Danny Green and Anthony Mundine would square off again in Australia’s biggest fight of 2009, even though Green, the former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion was retired. After generating the highest PPV audience in Australia’s boxing history and a live gate of 37,000 in their May 2006 fight, many Australian’s wanted to see a return. Green, who retired with a 34-3 record and 23 KOs has been sparring at the Belcatta Gym in Perth over five sessions against Russian fighter Victor Oganov to test his desire and physical condition after over a year outside the boxing ring.
The rumor mill intensified when it was reported that Green, his manager Justin Manokolis and Mundine’s manager, Khoder Nassar were spotted in a Sydney resteraunt last weekend discussing a deal.
Many believe the fight will be announced this week after two time WBA super middleweight champion Mundine takes on Shannan Taylor in Wollongong on Wednesday.
It is expected that Green will have a couple of warm up fights and the re-match will be at 175 pounds, light-heavyweight. This is even though Mundine will be fighting Shannan Taylor at middleweight and is currently ranked #1 by the WBA for Felix Sturm’s middleweight title. Both fighters are expected to secure $3m each for a re-match later in 2009.