By Craig Watt
WBA#1 ranked Middleweight Anthony “The Man” Mundine responded in the media this weekend to the challenge made to him by IBO Cruiserweight Champion Danny Green last week. Green publicly challenged Mundine on Thursday to a rematch of their 2006 fight which broke all Australian box office records. He told The Sunday Times in Sydney today, “He is talking crap, utter crap. I will come back when I want to come back and not when he demands.”
Green offered to split the purse for a proposed fight in a 45-45 split with 10% (estimated to be $1m) going to an Indigenous Aboriginal Development Fund for young Australians, a subject that Mundine is very passionate but this does not seem to be swaying the former two time WBA 168 pound champion into a return bout.
Mundine continued, “Danny Green is infatuated by me. Everything I do he wants to be like me. I know he is a fan of mine and I can’t blame him. He is a massive fan. I know deep down he is and he knows that and has to live for the rest of his life like that.”
Mundine is pencilled to take on Australian Contender winner Garth Wood in his next fight in April as part of the prize for the winner of the TV series shown recently on Fox 8 in Australia. However, many experts predict that a Green-Mundine re-match will eventually be inked in 2010 with both fighters likely to secure $5m for a proposed bout. Their first fight drew over 30,000 fans at the Aussie Stadium in which Mundine won a unanimous decision for the WBA 168 pound title.
The 36 year old Green shocked the boxing world in his last fight when he stopped Roy Jones Jr in 122 seconds in Sydney in December and has added the WBA 175 pound and IBO 200 pound titles since the defeat in 2006.