By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine said today the rematch with IBF middleweight champion Daniel” Real Deal” Geale on January 30 is bigger than there first fight in 2009 when he (Mundine) was awarded a hotly disputed split twelve round decision. He stated he did not prepare properly for 2009 fight but will be 100% in shape on January 30. He also says he looks ten years younger than his 37 years and will rise to the occasion on fight night.
“This is my biggest fight,” Mundine said. “I’ve had some big fights before. I’ve beaten him once before in a big fight … this is probably bigger … he’s really looked at around the world as the unified champion. I said it before but I’m the only man that can beat Geale. The first fight he caught me off guard. He was a young kid … had a dream and one of those dreams was to be champion and the other dream was to beat me. He become champion. He faced a guy that at some point he had to look at and aspire to be and, at that stage, I was pretty carefree about it but this time I know what’s at stake.”
“I know he’s the champion (Geale) and he’s got a lot of influence with the judges and stuff with the IBF. I just want it to be a fair fight. If it’s a fair fight, I’ll beat him all day and every day. If they give him the decision, I know they’re going to rob me. That’s the only way he’s going to win. I’m better in every facet of the fight game. Look at me now – I’m fresh. I look 10 years younger. I’m fast as ever. I’m confident as ever and I believe I’m the best kept secret in boxing,” he said.
“I rise to the occasion every time I’m put on the big stage and I’m going to do it again.”
Mundine, who is the outsider with bookmakers for the fight, added that he hopes to meet Geale at his best. “I want him at his 100 per cent. I don’t want any excuses,” he said.
The Geale v Mundine is expected to be a sellout with 12,000 fight fans in attendance at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, NSW, with pay-per-view sales to be a record in Australia
Promoters Bill Treacy, Gary Shaw, Tony Mundine
Televised on Foxtel Main Event Television Network Pay-Per-View throughout Australia