Anthony Mundine says he might not fight in Australia again after title bout
By Laine Clark
March 31, 2009 Outspoken former world champion Anthony Mundine says his next fight could be his last in Australia, casting doubt over a re-match with Danny Green.
Mundine (35 wins, 3 losses) announced on Tuesday he would fight underrated IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0) in his first fight in Brisbane on May 27.
But he also cast his eye further into the future, claiming he has “big fish to fry" in boxing and that Green was "not a priority".
Mundine said he would concentrate on the likes of world champions Felix Sturm (WBA), Kelly Pavlik (WBC, WBO) and Arthur Abraham (IBF) after "disposing" of former Olympian Geale.
"It's going to an historic night - it's going to be my third world title and this might be my last fight in Australia," Mundine said of the upcoming bout.
"Because after this there is nothing but big fish to fry.
"I am willing to travel overseas, take a pay cut, just to show the people what I can do, who I am."
The former rugby league enigma said his management were already on the verge of securing a "big, major fight".
"After I win this title, which I will, all I want is champions," he declared.
"I don't want to mess around with contenders, I just want champions.
"Whether it's Pavlik, whether it's Abraham, whether it's Sturm - give me one of them."
After Green ended his 11-month retirement, it was believed his re-match with Mundine would be held early next year.
Mundine enjoyed a unanimous points victory over Green at super middleweight in Sydney three years ago.
But Mundine all but dismissed taking on Green again, saying he would only consider a re-match if there was an offer that made him "rub his hands together".
"He's not a priority - my goal is to become the undisputed middleweight champion of the world," he added.
"I've been there and done that (with Green), so the only thing that is going to inspire me for that fight is the money - at the end of the day this is a business.
"Believe it or not, money doesn't inspire me. What inspires me is my goals and my dreams."
Mundine was also irked that Green had demanded a re-match be held in Perth.
"I don't know why he is dictating terms because I am the one that whipped his arse last time," he said.
"I am the one he built his name off. So for him to say all these things is outlandish."
His next opponent, Sydney-based Tasmanian Geale, is a 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
Not sure how many times Mundine can trot out the same lines about chasing fights overseas etc. Lets hope this time he follows through on his claims.
Also interesting to see Sonny Bill Williams will be fighting on Mundines undercard, not sure how he will go, but i for one wouldnt be keen to take him on.................