|Real name||Anthony Mundine|
|Nickname(s)||The Man, Choc, Mundane,|
|Rated at||Super Middleweight
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
21 May 1975 |
Newtown, New South Wales, Australia
|Wins by KO||27|
Anthony Mundine (born 21 May 1975) is an Australian professional boxer and former rugby league player. He is a former, two-time WBA Super Middleweight Champion, a IBO Middleweight Champion, and an interim WBA Light Middleweight Champion boxer and a New South Wales State of Origin representative footballer. Before his move to boxing he was the highest paid player in the NRL. He is the son of boxer Tony Mundine and is a member of the Bundjalung people. Mundine has had a stormy relationship with the media. His conversion to Islam in 1999, self-promotion and outspoken opinions have created a love-hate relationship with the Australian public and he has been described as "the most polarising athlete in Australian sports history".
He was named the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Person of the Year in 2000. He has also won the Deadly Award as Male Sportsperson of the Year in 2003, 2006 and 2007 amongst others. He is the first boxer in history to have had every one of his professional fights broadcast for television and has generated more pay-per-views than any other Australian boxer since he turned professional. Mundine holds notable victories over former world champions Danny Green, Daniel Geale Rick Thornberry Shane Mosley, Lester Ellis, as well as Bronco McKart, and has been described by Steve Bunce as "arguably the greatest crossover athlete in boxing history".
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Rugby league
- 3 Boxing career
- 4 Business interests
- 5 Music career
- 6 Other media
- 7 Public controversy
- 8 Professional boxing record
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
Early life and education
Mundine was born in Newtown, in the inner west of Sydney in 1975. Both his parents are indigenous Australians and his mother was part of the Stolen Generation. Mundine played junior rugby league for Hurstville United, and while attending Kingsgrove High School, Mundine starred for the school as in the 1993 & 1994 teams which won the University Shield both years, he also played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 1993. That year, Mundine signed with the St. George Dragons as an eighteen year-old.
|Full name||Anthony Mundine|
21 May 1975 |
Newtown, New South Wales , Australia
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (11 st 7 lb)|
|1993–1996||St. George Dragons||60||30||3||1||127|
|1998||St. George Dragons||23||7||0||1||29|
|1999–2000||St. George Illawarra||33||19||0||0||76|
|1999||New South Wales||3||1||0||0||4|
|Source: Rugby League Project|
In 1994, Mundine represented the Junior Kangaroos, the team that beat Great Britain's under-19s in the curtain-raiser to the Australia v. France Test at Parramatta Stadium.
In 1996, he played in a losing Grand Final, against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. That year, he was the victim of racial vilification when Rugby League player Barry Ward called Mundine a "black cunt". Ward was fined $10,000 for the offense. 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 three tries. He also played at centre in his second consecutive grand final, this time a victory against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in Brisbane.
In 1998, after turning his back on the Broncos, he returned to the Dragons.
Mundine was selected to play for New South Wales state rugby league team in each of the three matches of the 1999 State of Origin series, scoring a try in Game I. That year he also assisted the Dragons' run to the Grand Final, with a hat-trick against the Sharks in the major semi-final. The following week the Dragons lost to the Melbourne Storm in the 1999 NRL Grand Final during which and Mundine, playing at five-eighth knocked-on over the try line early in the second half, which proved to be a major turning point in the match.
Mundine was disappointed that further representative honours did not follow, and believed that his representative opportunities did not reflect his abilities and achievements at club level. He raised the issue of racism as the main explanation for this.
Anthony Mundine left rugby league halfway through the 2000 season, after being inspired to go into boxing, when a friend, Abdi Osman, showed him a video of Muhammad Ali. Mundine was intrigued and felt that he could compete comfortably in the world of boxing. He later cited what he claimed was racism in rugby league, concerning rugby league, as one of the reasons he quit to take up boxing. Mundine would later make implications during a promotion for a boxing match that former chairman of selectors and respected Aboriginal figure Arthur Beetson may have been an "Uncle Tom" who went along with the alleged racism.
In 2005 Mundine was reported to be making a comeback to the NRL, but this did not eventuate.
Mundine has close family ties to rugby league: he is a relative of Wes Patten, Amos Roberts, Beau Mundine, Blake Ferguson and Reece Robinson, all NRL footballers. He is also the brother-in-law of Tyran Smith who married Mundine's sister, Kellie.
Mundine fought his first professional boxing match in July 2000, at the age of 25. After a limited amateur career (he had 4 amateur fights when he was 17), his first professional fight was against New Zealander Gerrard Zohs. Only 10 professional bouts later Mundine fought for his first world title against long reigning IBF supermiddleweight champion Sven Ottke in January 2001. The fight ended suddenly after 10 competitive rounds when Ottke landed a blow to Mundine's temple that left the latter unconscious on the canvas. Despite this dramatic loss, he returned to the ring, promising to fight again for a world title.
Since the WBA and IBF super middleweight titles had been unified by Sven Ottke, Ottke was upgraded to 'super' champion status by the WBA and the WBA super middleweight title was declared vacant (see undisputed champion). Mundine went on to claim the vacant WBA Super Middleweight title with a unanimous points decision over Antwun Echols on 3 September 2003, in front of his home crowd at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. He successfully defended his title once, before losing it in a hesitant performance and split points decision against Manny Siaca.
Mundine's rivalry with Danny Green
Mundine's biggest Australian rivalry is with Perth-based Danny Green. In 2001, Mundine called Danny Green "a bum" in response to Green using Mundine's name to garner media attention, and stated that Danny would be a "no hoper" against him. Green waged a consistent media war with Mundine, using the media to build up his own name, and interest in a potential fight with Mundine. The two boxers finally, after much anticipation, fought on 17 May 2006, at Aussie Stadium, Sydney. The bout was one of the most anticipated in Australian boxing history, and was thought to eclipse the attendance record of 37,000 when Jeff Fenech fought Azumah Nelson in their rematch in 1992. The fight was broadcast on Main Event helmed by Michael Schiavello. It was the biggest Pay Per View event in Australian television history. Green became the slight favourite about 2 hours before the bout. Green had little answer to Mundine's speed and jab, giving Mundine the upper hand. Mundine won a twelve-round unanimous decision by the following scores: Judge Michael Lee 116-113, Judge Pinij Prayadsub 118-111, Judge Derek Milham 118-112. There have been discussions of a possible rematch since their first fight.
Mundine vs. Geale
On 27 May 2009, Mundine faced International Boxing Organization middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0-13). Mundine won by split decision with two judges scoring it 116-113 and 114-113 in favour of Mundine, the third judge scoring 115-113 for Geale. After the fight, Mundine admitted that he had barely studied Geale prior to the fight. The fight undercard also marked the debut of Mundine’s close friend and league-turned-rugby player Sonny Bill Williams.
Mundine vs. Wood I
On 8 December 2010 Mundine took on the winner of The Contender Australia boxing series, Garth Wood. After an awkward first four rounds, consisting of grappling, Mundine was on his way to a wide decision (being ahead 4-0 on the cards). Mundine was knocked out in the 5th round by Wood. Wood was able to land a flush left hook on Mundine's chin, sending him to the canvas. The result was reported to be one of the biggest upsets in Australian boxing history.
Mundine vs. Wood II
On 13 April 2011 Mundine gained revenge for his loss when he defeated Wood in a rematch won every round and dropped him twice and won, via a 10-round unanimous points decision.
Mundine vs. Alvarez
On 19 October 2011 Mundine faced former WBA champion Rigoberto Alvarez for the interim WBA Light Middleweight world title. Mundine won by unanimous decision and as a result became the mandatory challenger for the full belt holder Austin Trout.
Mundine stripped of title
Trout was previously in negotiations with Mundine, but when Trout's management put additional options in the contract Mundine's team decided to force the fight through mandatory position enabling a more favourable negotiation. In March 2012 Mundine turned down the opportunity to face Trout. The promotion of the fight went to a purse bid which Mundine did not pursue. The WBA stripped Mundine of his title in May 2012 for failing to meet the obligations for the mandatory fight. Mundine signed a short term deal with American promoter Cameron Dunkin.
Mundine vs. McKart
On 14 July 2012 Mundine faced American Bronco McKart. It was Mundine's first fight in the United States, with the stated aim being to eventually challenge undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. Mundine went on to win the bout by seventh-round TKO. McKart's loss was his first stoppage defeat since 2006, when he lost to Kelly Pavlik, and only his third TKO defeat in 65 fights.
Mundine vs. Geale II
On 30 January 2013, Mundine fought Daniel Geale for the second time, with Geale's IBF title on the line. The bout was the first time two Australians have fought for the IBF world middleweight title. The fight was sought by Mundine as a stepping-stone to his ultimate desire of fighting world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., while Geale was seeking to avenge his only professional career loss - which was to Mundine in 2009. This was the biggest boxing event in Australia since Mundine fought Danny Green in 2006. Featured on the undercards were Kimbo Slice and Joel Brunker, among others. Mundine went on to lose the bout by unanimous points decision 112-116, 111-117 and 111-117. However, he refused to accept the result and immediately after ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. read out the result, Mundine and his entourage stormed out of the ring and left the arena. Following Mundine's attack on the fight judges and their scoring, New South Wales Combat Sports Authority chairman Denis Fitzgerald is seeking legal advice to determine whether Mundine can be sued for his outburst.
Mundine vs. Mosley
Mundine will fight American boxing legend Shane Mosley on 23 October 2013, at the Sydney Entertainment Centre has been cancelled. The fight was called of by Shane Moseley at the last minute. he demanded $1 million before entering the ring. Mundine had sent $300,000 of his own money, and his friend Jeff Fenech also put in 1/2 million upon Mosely's arrival to Australia, but this was short of the required $1 million. Mundine was keen to reschedule the fight and managed to raise the required $1 million appearance money with his manager and the fight eventually took place on 27 November at Allphones Arena. The fight ended after round 6 with Shane Mosley retiring due to back spasms, giving Mundine the victory via TKO.
Mundine vs. Jones
Mundine is due to fight Carson Jones at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 29 January 2014. However, after Jones pulled-out due to illness, Mundine fought and beat New Zealand replacement Gunnar Jackson by unanimous points victory. The fight also featured Quade Cooper on the undercard.
Mundine vs. Clottey
Mundine has an extensive real estate portfolio and is also the owner of the sporting brand Boxa (est. 2000) and the Boxa Bar cafe in Hurstville. Early on the morning of 14 November 2013 the bar was destroyed by fire. Between 2000 and 2012 Mundine was managed by Khoder Nasser.
Mundine appeared in the music video of Angry Anderson's 1990 hit song "Bound for Glory". In 2001 Mundine appeared as himself in the music video "Like a Dog" by the Australian rock group Powderfinger, whose frontman Bernard Fanning praised Mundine as "the perfect lead, in terms of what the song is about and the fact that he's prepared to speak up for what he believes in." In 2005 he featured in beatboxer Joel Turner's single "Knock U Out". He then released his own debut single, "Platinum Ryder", which also featured Nathan Merritt and Amos Roberts in the music video. The film clip created controversy for the burning of the Union Jack and a photo of then Prime Minister of Australia John Howard. Mundine also appeared in the Brothablack music video, Are You With Me Out There, along with league player Joe Williams. In 2008 Mundine featured in the video of a GetUp Mob version of the song From Little Things Big Things Grow. In 2009 Mundine also appeared alongside Shannon Noll in the Street Warriors debut album, Unstoppable Force. Mundine's album, entitled Dreams is yet to be released and there is currently no stated release date.
In July 2002, both Anthony and his father Tony appeared on an episode of Burke's Backyard with veteran Australian Gardening guru Don Burke. Also in 2002 he appeared with other stars and celebrities in Celebrity Big Brother. In 2003 he was in an episode of Greeks on the Roof and in 2005 he appeared on Dancing with the Stars. From 2007 to 2009 he appeared on The Footy Show. He was in a five hour interactive DVD called Raising Children: A Guide to Parenting from Birth to Five. This DVD also featured Russell Crowe, Danielle Spencer, Neil Perry, Stan Grant and Johanna Griggs. He has also appeared in The Contender Australia three times and been a guest, starring as himself, on the Pizza TV series. In 2010 Mundine was a Special Guest Trainer on The Biggest Loser Australia: Couples 2.
In an interview in October 2001, Mundine said of the 11 September terrorist attacks, "They call it an act of terrorism, but if you can understand religion, and our way of life, it’s not about terrorism. It’s about fighting for God’s law, and America’s brought it upon themselves". Offering some insight into his tendency to make controversial comments in the media, Mundine stated that "If you want to toe the line, if you want to be some corporate guy and say the right things, do the right things, you might be okay in the media's eye, but it won't be real for me.". Mundine later claimed he was taken out of context stating: "Those comments were just spun around like I was clapping my hands. I have a family too, I know what it is like to suffer the loss of someone close to me, and I would never wish that upon anyone. The point I was trying to get across was that it was in a war state of mind, and there is always going to be tit for tat, so why put yourself in a situation where you can endanger people. I have got nothing against any American, I have got nothing against any human being. It breaks my heart that people think I would even have that line of thought about being happy about people dying. That is crap and I want to clarify that because it is wrong."
Mundine would also refer to Cathy Freeman as a sell out: "Cathy Freeman. She sold out, toeing the line. And that ain't me. I'm not a fake." He also went on to state repeated times that men, not women, are more qualified to lead. "As far as being a leader, that's not her anyway, a man can only lead." Mundine later apologized to Freeman for the remarks
In late 2012, Mundine questioned former opponent WBA/IBF champion Daniel Geale's indigenous Tasmanian heritage saying he should not wear the Aboriginal flag on his shorts. "I thought they wiped all the Aborigines from Tasmania out," "He's got a white woman, he's got white kids. I keep it real, all day every day." Mundine said. When asked whether Geale deserved to sport the Aboriginal flag on his trunks, Mundine responded: "No." Mundine later apologised to Tasmanian Aborigines, adding that he felt many people claimed indigenous heritage in order to receive government benefits but had no real connection with their Aboriginal roots. He also claimed that Australia was one of "the most racist nations in the world" before calling for the Australian anthem and Australian flag to be changed to be more inclusive of indigenous Australians.
In November 2013, Mundine, an Aboriginal Australian and Muslim, made comments on Twitter stating that homosexuality was incompatible with Aboriginal beliefs. Following Mundine's comments, Aboriginal actor Luke Carroll pointed out that Mundine's own religious beliefs that led him to form his opinions on homosexuality were incompatible with the Aboriginal Dreamtime.
Professional boxing record
|46 Wins (27 knockouts, 19 decisions, 5 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Loss||46-6||Joshua Clottey||UD||(12)||2014-04-2||Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia||Lost WBA International Light Middleweight title|
|Win||46-5||Gunnar Jackson||UD||(10)||2014-01-29||Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD, Australia|
|Win||45-5||Shane Mosley||TKO||7 (12)||2013-11-27||Allphones Arena, Sydney, New South Wales||Won vacant WBA International Light Middleweight title.|
|Loss||44-5||Daniel Geale||UD||12||2013-01-30||Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, New South Wales||For the IBF Middleweight Title|
|Win||44-4||Bronco McKart||TKO||7 (10)||2012-07-14||Palms Casino Resort||Won IBF North American Middleweight Title.|
|Win||43-4||Rigoberto Alvarez||UD||12||2011-10-19||Entertainment Centre, Newcastle||Won Interim WBA Light Middleweight Title, Later Stripped.|
|Win||42-4||Xavier Toliver||TKO||7 (10)||2011-06-05||Henderson, New Zealand|
|Win||41-4||Garth Wood||UD||10||2011-04-13||Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD, Australia|
|Loss||40-4||Garth Wood||KO||5(10), 0:58||2010-12-08||Acer Arena, Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|Win||40-3||Ryan Waters||TKO||10(10), 0:24||2010-09-15||Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW, Australia|
|Win||39-3||Carlos Adan Jerez||UD||12||2010-06-30||Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia||Light Middleweight Debut.|
|Win||38-3||Robert Medley||UD||12||2010-01-11||Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|Win||37-3||Alejandro Gustavo Falliga||UD||10||2009-10-21||Prospect, Tasmania, Australia||Super Middleweight Bout.|
|Win||36-3||Daniel Geale||SD||12||2009-05-27||Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia||Won IBO Middleweight Title, Later Vacated.|
|Win||35-3||Shannon Taylor||UD||12||2009-02-11||Wollongong, NSW, Australia||Won Vacant WBA International Middleweight Title|
|Win||34-3||Rafael Sosa Pintos||UD||10||2008-12-11||Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|Win||33-3||Crazy Kim||UD||10||2008-07-30||Newcastle, NSW, Australia|
|Win||32-3||Sam Soliman||UD||12||2008-05-28||Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, VIC, Australia||Retained WBA Super Middleweight Title, Later Vacated.|
|Win||31-3||Nader Hamdan||UD||12||2008-02-27||Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia||Retained WBA Super Middleweight Title.|
|Win||30-3||Jose Alberto Clavero||KO||4(12), 2:14||2007-12-10||Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia||Retained WBA Super Middleweight Title.|
|Win||29-3||Pablo Daniel Zamora||UD||12||2007-06-27||Broad Beach, QLD, Australia||Retained WBA Super Middleweight Title.|
|Win||28-3||Sam Soliman||KO||9(12), 2:26||2007-03-07||Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia||Won Vacant WBA Super Middleweight Title.|
|Win||27-3||Ruben Eduardo Acosta||KO||4(10), 1:41||2006-11-15||Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|Win||26-3||Danny Green||UD||12||2006-05-17||Aussie Stadium, Sydney, NSW, Australia||WBA Super Middleweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||25-3||Rico Chong Nee||TKO||3(10), 2:00||2005-12-11||Perth, WA, Australia|
|Win||24-3||Rashi Ali Hadj Matumla||TKO||6(10), 0:36||2005-09-07||Canberra, ACT, Australia|
|Loss||23-3||Mikkel Kessler||UD||12||2005-06-8||Sydney Entertainment Centre||For WBA Super Middleweight Title.|
|Win||23-2||Darmel Castillo||TKO||4(10), 2:31||2005-02-02||Broadbeach, QLD, Australia|
|Win||22-2||Juarne Dowling||TKO||3(10), 2:19||2004-10-13||Carrara, QLD, Australia|
|Win||21-2||Sean Sullivan||TKO||10(10)||2004-09-08||Liverpool, NSW, Australia|
|Loss||20-2||Manny Siaca||SD||12||2004-05-05||Sydney Entertainment Centre||Lost WBA Super Middleweight Title.|
|Win||20-1||Yoshinori Nishizawa||TKO||5(12), 0:43||2004-01-19||Wollongong, NSW, Australia||Retained WBA Super Middleweight Title.|
|Win||19-1||Antwun Echols||UD||12||2003-03-09||Sydney Entertainment Centre||Won vacant WBA Super Middleweight Title.|
|Win||18-1||Rogerio Cacciatore||TKO||1||2003-03-17||Carrara, QLD, Australia|
|Win||17-1||Sean Sullivan||UD||12||2003-02-01||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Win||16-1||Rick Thornberry||TKO||11||2002-11-02||Carrara, QLD, Australia||Won WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title|
|Win||15-1||Soon Botes||KO||3||2002-09-02||Liverpool, NSW, Australia||Won WBA Pan African Super Middleweight Championship|
|Win||14-1||Lester Ellis||TKO||3||2002-07-15||Melbourne, VIC, Australia|
|Win||13-1||Darren Obah||TKO||6||2002-06-03||Liverpool, NSW, Australia|
|Win||12-1||Roland Francis||TKO||8||2002-04-01||Carrara, QLD, Australia|
|Win||11-1||Brad Mayo||UD||10||2002-03-04||Townsville, QLD, Australia||Light Heavyweight Debut|
|Loss||10-1||Sven Ottke||KO||10||2001-12-01||Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany||For IBF Super Middleweight Title|
|Win||10-0||Guy Waters||KO||2||2001-10-20||Sydney, NSW, Australia||Defended IBF Pan Pacific Super Middleweight Championship|
|Win||9-0||Sam Soliman||SD||12||2001-09-03||WEC, Wollongong, NSW, Australia||Won IBF Pan Pacific Super Middleweight Championship|
|Win||8-0||Kevin Pompey||TKO||3||2001-07-10||Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||7-0||Mike Makata||TKO||5||2001-06-18||Liverpool, NSW, Australia||Defended PABA Super Middleweight Championship|
|Win||6-0||Timo Masua||KO||3||2001-04-16||Carrara Indoor Stadium, Carrara, QLD, Australia||Won PABA Super Middleweight Championship|
|Win||5-0||Marc Bargero||TKO||6||2001-02-19||Gosford, NSW, Australia||Won Australian Super Middleweight Championship|
|Win||4-0||Ian McLeod||TKO||9||2000-12-11||WEC, Wollongong, NSW, Australia|
|Win||3-0||Heath Stenton||UD||8||2000-10-30||Festival Hall, Melbourne|
|Win||2-0||Nik Taumafai||TKO||6||2000-09-04||Hordern Pavilion|
|Win||1-0||Gerrard Zohs||KO||4||2000-07-03||Sydney Entertainment Centre||Professional Boxing Debut, Super Middleweight Debut|
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- "Mundine wins bout and gets out quick", Sydney Morning Herald, 11 December 2005
- Walter, Brad "Dragon-heart Mundine is keen to sign", Sydney Morning Herald, 27 April 2005
- Smith, Amanda "Political Football", ABC Radio National, 2 November 2001
- East Side Boxing website
- Danny Green vs Anthony Mundine
- 'The Mouth' Mundine to enter politics, Herald Sun, 11 August 2006 (note: dead link)
- Greens and Labor pick candidates The Glebe, 5 September 2006
- Mundine, Anthony; Daniel Q. Lane (2000). The Man. Pan Macmillan. ISBN 0-7329-1044-7. ISBN 9780732910440.
- Professional boxing record for Anthony Mundine from BoxRec
- Anthony Mundine at the Internet Movie Database
- Official website
- Anthony Mundine on Twitter
- Anthony Mundine on Facebook
Title last held byByron Mitchell
|WBA Super Middleweight Champion
3 September 2003 – 5 May 2004
Regular Title until 27 March 2004
Title last held byMikkel Kessler
|WBA Super Middleweight Champion
7 March 2007 – 29 May 2008
Title next held byMikkel Kessler
|IBO World Middleweight Champion
27 May 2009 – 2009
Peter Manfredo, Jr.
Title last held byRigoberto Álvarez
|WBA Super Welterweight Interim Champion
19 October 2011 – 10 May 2012
Title next held byErislandy Lara
Title last held byDamian Jonak
|WBA Super Welterweight Champion
27 November 2013 – 9 April 2014