By Craig Watt
Former two time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (34-3, 23 KO’s) entered into his usual pre-fight “trash” talking yesterday in Sydney at the press conference for his February 11th fight with fellow Aussie Shannon Taylor (48-6-3, 34 KO’s). The 33 year old from Sydney was controversial in his outburst, “I have one message for you Shannon, I want everyone to listen – the mouth is an open grave.” The 36 year old Taylor from Wollongong responded by saying, “It’s is you that mouths off all the time. That is why little old ladies hate you. Ninety-five per cent of people don’t like you. They only come to watch you to see you get beat.”
Mundine, who is dropping back down to Middleweight for the fight responded by saying, “Just turn up !”
Taylor banged the table and returned, “You want to get paid for it or do you want to do it for free – right now, right here.”
Mundine retorted, ” I am going to show you again, again, again who is the champion Taylor.”
“Come back here and say that Mundine, that’s right- walk away. Come back here and I will stick that hat your wearing up your arse, ” came the response from Taylor.
As Mundine left the conference he told the watching media, “The only way Shannon Taylor is going to win this fight if he brings a gun into the ring and that won’t happen.”
The final words were left to Taylor who has mixed in good class for the last ten years sharing the ring with Shane Mosley and Arthur Abraham, amongst others in his career that has spanned 57 fights. He said, “What more does he want – does he want me to kiss him ? I tell you I will give him a kiss – a kiss with the right hand !”
The fight is available on PPV in Australia via Main Event on 11th February and is for the vacant WBA International Middleweight Title. The winner is hoping to take on WBA champion Felix Sturm later in 2009.
Mundine is the current #1 ranked fighter at 160 pounds by the WBA but it is also expected that former WBA light-heavyweight champion Danny Green could return to the ring for a $10m re-match with the former NRL Rugby League player. Anthony Mundine won their first fight in May 2006 via a unanimous points decision in the richest grossing fight in Australian boxing history and a live gate in excess of 37,000 fans.