Anthony Mundine

Anthony Mundine

Anthony "The Man" Mundine (born 21 May 1975) is a boxer and former Australian rugby league player. Mundine was trained by his father, Tony Mundine, who was a middleweight contender during the 1970s.

Anthony Mundine

Mundine has had a stormy relationship with the popular media. His conversion to Islam in 1999, self-promotion and outspoken opinions have created a love-hate relationship with the Australian public. He was named the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Person of the Year in 2000.

He is featured on beatboxer Joel Turner's single "Knock U Out" which peaked in the top 20 of the Australian ARIAnet singles chart in 2005.

Rugby league

Mundine played junior rugby league for Hurstville United before signing with the St. George Dragons in 1993. He played in the 1993 Grand Final, which the Dragons lost to his future team, the Brisbane Broncos. In 1996 he played in another losing Grand Final, this time against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. At the end of that season he announced that he was signing with the Brisbane Broncos in the Super League competition.

In 1997 he played 18 games for the Broncos, scoring 3 tries. He also played in his first winning Grand Final team, beating the Cronulla Sharks. In 1998 he returned to the Dragons, and remained there until his retirement from rugby league at the end of the 2000 season.

Mundine was selected to play for New South Wales in 1999 in each of the three matches in the State of Origin series. He was disappointed that further representative honours did not follow, and believed that his representative career did not reflect his abilities and achievements at club level. He raised the issue of racism as a possible explanation for this. He played in his last Grand Final in 1999, losing to the Melbourne Storm.

At the end of the 2000 season, he rejected a record rugby league offer of $600,000 in order to pursue a career in boxing. In early 2005, he announced he was to make a return to rugby league, but has yet to do so.


Mundine fought his first professional boxing match in 2000, at the age of 25. He went on to claim the vacant WBA Super Middleweight title with a unanimous points decision over Antwun Echols on the September 3, 2003, in front of his home crowd at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. He successfully defended his title once, before losing it to Manny Siaca in a split decision.

Mundine failed in his attempt to re-gain the WBA super middleweight title after losing by decision to Mikkel Kessler on August 6, 2005 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Despite the loss, many people believe that his bout against Kessler was the best he had fought. Mundine's list of past fights and opponents has also been a subject of criticism, citing that he and his managers tend to choose sub-par and/or older fighters to take into the ring, who have only very modest fight records and little or no popularity.

Mundine's biggest Australian rival is the Perth-based Danny Green. The two boxers will finally fight on May 17, 2006, at Aussie Stadium, Sydney. The bout is one of the most anticipated in Australian boxing history, and may even eclipse the attendance record of 37,000 when Jeff Fenech fought Azumah Nelson in their rematch in 1992.

Credit: Wikipedia





*11.00am this Thursday, November 1* 2007

* **Sydney** Entertainment Centre*

*Enter via Gate F*

Anthony "The Man" Mundine will hold a media conference at 11am this
Thursday, November 1 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre to announce the
next bout in his World Title defence.

The WBA Super Middleweight champion will also discuss his planned
training for the upcoming fight and his recent medical problems following an
infection in his left eye.

* *

Tickets to the Mundine fight at the Sydney Entertainment Centre are
available from Monday, November 5 through Ticketmaster.

*Media entry to the press conference is via Gate F of the Sydney
Entertainment Centre (Southern Plaza).*

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