Tony Mundine (boxer)

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Tony Mundine
Statistics
Real name Anthony William Mundine
Rated at Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Light heavyweight
Middleweight
Height 5' 11½ (182 cms)
Nationality Australian
Born (1951-06-10) 10 June 1951 (age 63)
Baryulgil, New South Wales, Australia[1]
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 96
Wins 80
Wins by KO 64
Losses 15
Draws 1

Anthony "Tony" William Mundine OAM (born 10 June 1951)[1] is an Australian former boxer, and one of the country's most accomplished indigenous fighters. The only Australian boxer to compete professionally in four weight divisions, he held the Australian middleweight, light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight titles, as well as the Commonwealth middleweight and light heavyweight titles.[2]

Rugby[edit]

Mundine played centre three-quarter for a Grafton Rugby League team. He showed promise and was offered a place with the Redfern All Blacks in the South Sydney Junior Rugby League in 1968 at age 17. Rather than return to Baryulgil to work at the asbestos mine between seasons he kept fit at Ern McQuillan's gym in Newtown, where he showed natural ability and speed. McQuillan engaged him in a fighter-trainer contract.[2][3][4]

Boxing[edit]

Mundine won his first bout on 5 March 1969 against Frank Graham. In less than a year he won his first title, the Australian Middleweight crown.[4] His last bout was against Alex Sua on 19 March 1984.

His titles were:

  • Australian Middleweight title, 23 April 1970 against Billy Choules
  • Australian Heavyweight title, 25 February 1972 against Foster Bibron
  • Commonwealth Middleweight title, 14 April 1972 against Bunny Sterling
  • Australian and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight titles, 30 October 1975 against Steve Aczel
  • Australian Cruiserweight title, 24 July 1981 against Steve Aczel.[5]

Mundine challenged Carlos Monzón on 5 October 1974 for the WBA World Middleweight title but lost to a knockout in the 7th round. He was undefeated by any Australian boxer during his 16-year career.[6] He fought many top boxers including Emile Griffith, Monty Betham, Steve Aczel, Bennie Briscoe and Alex Sua.[7]

Professional boxing record[edit]

80 Wins (64 knockouts, 16 decisions), 15 Losses (10 knockouts, 5 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 21-3 New Zealand Alex Sua PTS 12 19/03/1984 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Australasian Light Heavyweight Title. 233-234, 232-234, 228-234.
Loss 15-6-2 France Rufino Angulo KO 5 13/06/1983 France Paris, France
Win 13-3-1 Luxembourg Dragomir Milo Popovic TKO 6 06/11/1982 New Caledonia Noumea, New Caledonia
Loss 34-8 United Kingdom Murray Sutherland UD 10 06/09/1982 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 90-99, 94-99, 93-100.
Win 24-1-1 Uganda Mustafa Wasajja PTS 10 11/06/1982 France Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Win 29-1-1 France Hocine Tafer KO 2 08/05/1982 France Grenoble, Isere, France
Loss 53-12 Mexico Yaqui Lopez TKO 3 27/11/1981 Queensland Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Win 27-4-1 Australia Steve Aczel TKO 6 24/07/1981 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Australian Light Heavyweight/Cruiserweight/Heavyweight Titles.
Win 54-15-1 Jamaica Bunny Johnson TKO 10 20/05/1981 Queensland Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Referee stopped the bout at 2:43 of the tenth round.
Loss 21-13-2 United States Jesse Burnett PTS 12 04/03/1981 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand
Win 38-9 New Zealand Monty Betham KO 5 15/12/1980 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Australasian Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 1-1 Fiji Joe Fabiano KO 6 20/09/1980 New Caledonia Noumea, New Caledonia
Win 23-3-1 Australia Steve Aczel TKO 9 28/07/1980 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Australian Heavyweight Title.
Win 10-21-5 United States David "The King" Smith UD 10 30/05/1980 French Polynesia Pirae, French Polynesia 98-94, 97-90, 100-97.
Win 9-5-1 United States David Conteh PTS 10 18/04/1980 Italy Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Win 17-3 United States Pat Cuillo DQ 5 04/04/1980 Italy Milan, Lombardia, Italy
Win 17-6 United States Johnny Wilburn PTS 8 14/12/1979 Italy Milan, Lombardia, Italy
Win 30-5-3 Italy Ennio Cometti TKO 9 30/11/1979 Italy Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Loss 23-2-1 Croatia Mate Parlov PTS 12 26/09/1979 Italy Gorizia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy WBC World Cruiserweight Title Eliminator.
Win 10-9-1 United States Pete McIntyre TKO 5 03/08/1979 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 17-8-3 United States Tony "Lime" Greene KO 4 20/04/1979 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Win 12-6-1 Australia Marc Ecimovic TKO 2 31/03/1979 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Australia Heavyweight Title.
Win 0-1 Samoa Ananai Curebera TKO 2 18/02/1979 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Referee stopped the bout at 1:03 of the second round.
Win 67-32-7 Canada Ron "Mr." Wilson TKO 7 09/02/1979 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 10-2 United Kingdom Karl Canwell TKO 3 24/11/1978 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 11-3 United States Fossie Schmidt KO 1 15/07/1978 Fiji Suva, Fiji
Loss 29-13-3 Canada Gary Summerhays KO 11 27/02/1978 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 13-2 The Bahamas Andros Ernie Barr PTS 10 24/01/1978 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Win 9-6 Tonga Maile Haumona KO 3 05/12/1977 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Australia Heavyweight Title.
Win 13-10-1 United States Danny Brewer KO 7 21/10/1977 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 11-9-1 United States Dave Lee Royster PTS 10 09/09/1977 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 49-45.
Loss 10-9-1 United States Dave Lee Royster KO 1 28/07/1977 Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Win 12-1 The Bahamas Andros Ernie Barr PTS 15 08/07/1977 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 8-5 Tonga Maile Haumona TKO 10 02/06/1977 Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Win 8-6-2 Ghana Victor Attivor TKO 9 04/09/1976 Ghana Accra, Ghana Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 7-4 Tonga Maile Haumona PTS 10 11/08/1976 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Loss 11-3-1 United States Jesse Burnett KO 6 14/05/1976 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Mundine knocked out at 1:06 of the sixth round.
Win 34-14-2 The Bahamas Baby Boy Rolle KO 3 26/03/1976 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 38-23-4 United States Karl Zurheide KO 1 19/03/1976 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Karl knocked out at 1:25 of the first round.
Win 7-4-1 Ghana Victor Attivor TKO 2 04/12/1975 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:16 of the second round.
Win 14-1 Australia Steve Aczel KO 12 30/10/1975 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Commonwealth/Australian Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 14-3-2 New Zealand "Shoeless" Joe Jackson PTS 10 04/09/1975 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Loss 9-3-1 United States "Sweet" James Marshall KO 1 02/05/1975 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Mundine knocked out at 2:58 of the first round.
Loss 28-2 United States Rudy Robles PTS 10 28/02/1975 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 46-47.
Loss 82-3-9 Argentina Carlos Monzon KO 7 05/10/1974 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina WBA World Middleweight Title.
Win 24-16 United States Nate "Nat" Collins TKO 5 09/08/1974 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 14-2 United States Lenny Harden KO 3 27/05/1974 France Paris, France
Win 23-12-1 United States Don Cobbs TKO 6 10/05/1974 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Loss 48-12-1 United States Bennie Briscoe KO 5 25/02/1974 France Paris, France
Win 25-5-1 United States Manuel Fierro KO 6 11/02/1974 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 77-14-1 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith UD 12 19/11/1973 France Paris, France
Win 23-19-1 Trinidad and Tobago Carlos Marks PTS 15 28/09/1973 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Commonwealth Middleweight Title.
Win 19-10-2 Samoa Fred Etuati KO 1 20/08/1973 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Commonwealth Middleweight Title. Fred knocked out at 1:44 of the first round.
Win 23-18-1 Trinidad and Tobago Carlos Marks KO 10 03/08/1973 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Commonwealth Middleweight Title.
Win 31-7-8 France Nessim Max Cohen TKO 4 14/05/1973 France Paris, France Referee stopped the bout at 0:42 of the fourth round.
Win 20-20-5 Puerto Rico Luis Vinales TKO 2 01/05/1973 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 18-10-2 Trinidad and Tobago Matt "Art" Donovan KO 3 07/02/1973 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Commonwealth Middleweight Title.
Win 25-11-2 United States Lonnie Harris TKO 5 08/12/1972 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 13-7-1 Jamaica Roy "General" Lee KO 2 04/11/1972 New Caledonia Noumea, New Caledonia
Win 69-9-7 Argentina "San" Antonio Aguilar TKO 3 26/09/1972 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 40-13-5 Brazil Juarez de Lima TKO 5 21/08/1972 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Referee stopped the bout at 1:12 of the fifth round.
Win 83-23-4 United States Denny Moyer TKO 7 31/05/1972 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 24-10-3 United Kingdom Bunny Sterling KO 15 14/04/1972 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Commonwealth Middleweight Title.
Win 27-12-1 Australia Foster Bibron TKO 11 25/02/1972 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Australian Heavyweight Title.
Win 19-8 United States George "Hurricane" Carter TKO 2 17/02/1972 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 38-40-7 United States Charley "Bad News" Austin TKO 2 10/12/1971 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 11-4 United Kingdom Eric Blake TKO 3 26/11/1971 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 17-9-1 United Kingdom Tommy "Gun" Gray TKO 7 22/10/1971 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Referee stopped the bout at 0:55 of the seventh round.
Win 17-9-2 Australia Rod Kenny TKO 4 23/09/1971 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 10-4-2 Australia Jackson McQuade KO 1 05/09/1971 Queensland Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 3-0-1 Fiji Al Korovou KO 5 01/07/1971 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Loss 104-9 Cuba Luis Manuel Rodriguez KO 1 07/04/1971 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Mundine knocked out at 0:52 of the first round.
Win 3-2 United States Victor Manuel Basilio TKO 2 18/02/1971 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Draw 19-9-2 United Kingdom Bunny Sterling PTS 15 21/01/1971 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Commonwealth Middleweight Title.
Win 24-14-4 United Kingdom Barry Calderwood TKO 5 12/12/1970 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Win 39-25-3 United Kingdom Johnny Kramer TKO 5 25/08/1970 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 51-64-14 United States Billy "Mellow" Marsh TKO 8 16/07/1970 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 9-15-2 Philippines Filipino Ravalo KO 2 09/06/1970 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 3-6 Fiji Ravuama Roko KO 2 28/05/1970 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 12-8-2 Australia Billy Choules KO 4 23/04/1970 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Australia Middleweight Title.
Win -- Fiji Jeke Naqelevuki TKO 3 19/03/1970 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 1-3-1 Tonga Sione Sani KO 1 10/03/1970 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 12-7-2 Australia Billy Choules KO 4 09/02/1970 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Win 17-8 Samoa Billy Opetaia TKO 7 17/12/1969 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Referee stopped the bout at 1:04 of the seventh round.
Win -- Samoa Feleti Leone TKO 2 12/12/1969 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Loss 14-5 New Zealand Kahu Mahanga KO 9 10/11/1969 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Win 4-6-2 Australia Les "Jazzer" Dixon KO 2 22/10/1969 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 6-5 Tonga Lee Moto KO 5 23/09/1969 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 1-2-1 Tonga Sione Sani PTS 8 08/09/1969 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Win 3-4 Australia Ted McKenzie KO 3 28/07/1969 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 7-3-1 Australia Ricky Datsun PTS 8 23/06/1969 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Win 1-1 Australia "Sugar" Ray Wheatley KO 2 28/05/1969 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 2-2 Australia Ted McKenzie KO 5 07/05/1969 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 2-1 Australia Ted McKenzie PTS 10 16/04/1969 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win 0-2 Australia Frank "Evangelist" Graham KO 3 09/04/1969 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Win -- Australia Frank "Evangelist" Graham PTS 4 05/03/1969 New South Wales Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Mundine currently lives in Redfern, New South Wales, where he manages a training gym called Redfern Gym adjacent to the Block.

Mundine is father and boxing trainer/promoter of World Super Middleweight Champion Anthony Mundine. Mundine's older brother Mickey Mundine played in the first Australian Aboriginal rugby league team in 1973.[8]

On 26 January 1986 Mundine was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for "service to sport particularly to boxing and to aboriginal youth".[9] He was the winner of The Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sport at the Deadly Awards in 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Peacock, Matt (23 Mar 2006). "Mundine's hometown copes with asbestos legacy". The 7.30 Report (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Tony Mundine". A history of aboriginal Sydney. University of Sydney. 2010. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  3. ^ "How Tony Mundine went from football to boxing". A history of aboriginal Sydney. University of Sydney. 2010. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  4. ^ a b Cameron, Dave (Jun 2006). "The Fighting Mundines From Sydney, Australia". Fight Times Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  5. ^ http://www.brookvaleps.nsw.edu.au/PROJECTS/Sports_Stars/Tony_Mundine.html Brookvale school
  6. ^ http://turningsixty.com.au/memorylane/memorylane.html Turning Sixty
  7. ^ http://www.boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?cat=boxer&human_id=11414
  8. ^ AAP (18 Feb 1973). "Aboriginal team wins". The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney: Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  9. ^ "Tony Mundine OAM". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 

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