By Craig Watt, Photo: Team Wood
Australian Contender winner Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6 KOs) pulled off one of the biggest boxing upsets in 2010 when he knocked out former three time world champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) with a left hook at the Acer Arena on December 8th. The fight was his prize for winning the Australian Contender show on Fox in January. He confirmed to Fightnews today that he has offered Mundine a rematch for April 2011 with a 50-50 income split.
He stated, “Its all gone a bit quiet from the Mundine camp after we made the offer to give him the chance of a rematch. Initially they wanted a 60-40 split but I refused as it was me who knocked him out, not the other way round. I don’t see why I should earn 40% when I was the victor. A split of 50-50 seems a fair offer to me.”
“I am not sure whether he fancies the return or he would be quick to make the match and get his revenge. I am even happy to make the fight for Sydney in his home back yard. Perhaps he is going to retire I am not sure but I can’t wait around forever.”
One other suggested opponent has been Mundine’s arch rival Danny Green who is now IBO Cruiserweight champion. Wood added, “I suppose all offers are possible but it would be a question of fighting at what weight. I know Danny is nearer light heavyweight that cruiserweight and I am a middleweight, although I won the Australian Contender at the 168 pound super-middleweight limit. For the right deal anything is possible but my first offer is a rematch chance for Mundine. I will enjoy my Xmas break now with my family and revisit the situation in the New Year.”