Tony Mundine (boxer)

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Tony Mundine
Tony Mundine 1973.jpg
Statistics
Real name Anthony William Mundine
Rated at Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Light heavyweight
Middleweight
Height 5' 11½ (182 cm)
Nationality Australian
Born (1951-06-10) 10 June 1951 (age 65)
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] He is the father of former world champion boxer Anthony Mundine.

Rugby League[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 his fifth professional bout, Ray Wheatley dropped Mundine in there scheduled ten round contest in round one to become the only Australian to have Mundine on the canvas at the Manly Leagues club in May 1969. Mundine stopped Wheatley in round two. 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:

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 Alex Sua PTS 12 19 March 1984 Auckland, New Zealand Australasian Light Heavyweight Title. 233–234, 232–234, 228–234.
Loss 15–6–2 Rufino Angulo KO 5 13 June 1983 Paris, France
Win 13–3–1 Dragomir Milo Popovic TKO 6 6 November 1982 Noumea, New Caledonia
Loss 34–8 Murray Sutherland UD 10 6 September 1982 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 90–99, 94–99, 93–100.
Win 24–1–1 Mustafa Wasajja PTS 10 11 June 1982 Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Win 29–1–1 Hocine Tafer KO 2 8 May 1982 Grenoble, Isere, France
Loss 53–12 Yaqui Lopez TKO 3 27 November 1981 Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Win 27–4–1 Steve Aczel TKO 6 24 July 1981 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Australian Light Heavyweight/Cruiserweight/Heavyweight Titles.
Win 54–15–1 Bunny Johnson TKO 10 20 May 1981 Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Referee stopped the bout at 2:43 of the tenth round.
Loss 21–13–2 Jesse Burnett PTS 12 4 March 1981 Auckland, New Zealand
Win 38–9 Monty Betham KO 5 15 December 1980 Auckland, New Zealand Australasian Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 1–1 Joe Fabiano KO 6 20 September 1980 Noumea, New Caledonia
Win 23–3–1 Steve Aczel TKO 9 28 July 1980 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Australian Heavyweight Title.
Win 10–21–5 David "The King" Smith UD 10 30 May 1980 Pirae, French Polynesia 98–94, 97–90, 100–97.
Win 9–5–1 David Conteh PTS 10 18 April 1980 Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Win 17–3 Pat Cuillo DQ 5 4 April 1980 Milan, Lombardia, Italy
Win 17–6 Johnny Wilburn PTS 8 14 December 1979 Milan, Lombardia, Italy
Win 30–5–3 Ennio Cometti TKO 9 30 November 1979 Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Loss 23–2–1 Mate Parlov PTS 12 26 September 1979 Gorizia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy WBC World Cruiserweight Title Eliminator.
Win 10–9–1 Pete McIntyre TKO 5 3 August 1979 Sydney, Australia
Win 17–8–3 Tony "Lime" Greene KO 4 20 April 1979 Melbourne, Australia
Win 12–6–1 Marc Ecimovic TKO 2 31 March 1979 Melbourne, Australia Australia Heavyweight Title.
Win 0–1 Ananai Curebera TKO 2 18 February 1979 Sydney, Australia Referee stopped the bout at 1:03 of the second round.
Win 67–32–7 Ron "Mr." Wilson TKO 7 9 February 1979 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 10–2 Karl Canwell TKO 3 24 November 1978 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 11–3 Fossie Schmidt KO 1 15 July 1978 Suva, Fiji
Loss 29–13–3 Gary Summerhays KO 11 27 February 1978 Melbourne, Australia Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 13–2 Andros Ernie Barr PTS 10 24 January 1978 Melbourne, Australia
Win 9–6 Maile Haumona KO 3 5 December 1977 Melbourne, Australia Australia Heavyweight Title.
Win 13–10–1 Danny Brewer KO 7 21 October 1977 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 11–9–1 Dave Lee Royster PTS 10 9 September 1977 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 49–45.
Loss 10–9–1 Dave Lee Royster KO 1 28 July 1977 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Win 12–1 Andros Ernie Barr PTS 15 8 July 1977 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 8–5 Maile Haumona TKO 10 2 June 1977 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Win 8–6–2 Victor Attivor TKO 9 4 September 1976 Accra, Ghana Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 7–4 Maile Haumona PTS 10 11 August 1976 Sydney, Australia
Loss 11–3–1 Jesse Burnett KO 6 14 May 1976 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Mundine knocked out at 1:06 of the sixth round.
Win 34–14–2 Baby Boy Rolle KO 3 26 March 1976 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 38–23–4 Karl Zurheide KO 1 19 March 1976 Sydney, Australia Karl knocked out at 1:25 of the first round.
Win 7–4–1 Victor Attivor TKO 2 4 December 1975 Sydney, Australia Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:16 of the second round.
Win 14–1 Steve Aczel KO 12 30 October 1975 Sydney, Australia Commonwealth/Australian Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 14–3–2 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson PTS 10 4 September 1975 Sydney, Australia
Loss 9–3–1 "Sweet" James Marshall KO 1 2 May 1975 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Mundine knocked out at 2:58 of the first round.
Loss 28–2 Rudy Robles PTS 10 28 February 1975 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 46–47.
Loss 82–3–9 Carlos Monzon KO 7 5 October 1974 Buenos Aires, Argentina WBA World Middleweight Title.
Win 24–16 Nate "Nat" Collins TKO 5 9 August 1974 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 14–2 Lenny Harden KO 3 27 May 1974 Paris, France
Win 23–12–1 Don Cobbs TKO 6 10 May 1974 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Loss 48–12–1 Bennie Briscoe KO 5 25 February 1974 Paris, France
Win 25–5–1 Manuel Fierro KO 6 11 February 1974 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 77–14–1 Emile Griffith UD 12 19 November 1973 Paris, France
Win 23–19–1 Carlos Marks PTS 15 28 September 1973 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Commonwealth Middleweight Title.
Win 19–10–2 Fred Etuati KO 1 20 August 1973 Auckland, New Zealand Commonwealth Middleweight Title. Fred knocked out at 1:44 of the first round.
Win 23–18–1 Carlos Marks KO 10 3 August 1973 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Commonwealth Middleweight Title.
Win 31–7–8 Nessim Max Cohen TKO 4 14 May 1973 Paris, France Referee stopped the bout at 0:42 of the fourth round.
Win 20–20–5 Luis Vinales TKO 2 1 May 1973 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 18–10–2 Matt "Art" Donovan KO 3 7 February 1973 Sydney, Australia Commonwealth Middleweight Title.
Win 25–11–2 Lonnie Harris TKO 5 8 December 1972 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 13–7–1 Roy "General" Lee KO 2 4 November 1972 Noumea, New Caledonia
Win 69–9–7 "San" Antonio Aguilar TKO 3 26 September 1972 Sydney, Australia
Win 40–13–5 Juarez de Lima TKO 5 21 August 1972 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Referee stopped the bout at 1:12 of the fifth round.
Win 83–23–4 Denny Moyer TKO 7 31 May 1972 Sydney, Australia
Win 24–10–3 Bunny Sterling KO 15 14 April 1972 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Commonwealth Middleweight Title.
Win 27–12–1 Foster Bibron TKO 11 25 February 1972 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Australian Heavyweight Title.
Win 19–8 George "Hurricane" Carter TKO 2 17 February 1972 Sydney, Australia
Win 38–40–7 Charley "Bad News" Austin TKO 2 10 December 1971 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 11–4 Eric Blake TKO 3 26 November 1971 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 17–9–1 Tommy "Gun" Gray TKO 7 22 October 1971 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Referee stopped the bout at 0:55 of the seventh round.
Win 17–9–2 Rod Kenny TKO 4 23 September 1971 Sydney, Australia
Win 10–4–2 Jackson McQuade KO 1 5 September 1971 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Win 3–0–1 Al Korovou KO 5 1 July 1971 Sydney, Australia
Loss 104–9 Luis Manuel Rodriguez KO 1 7 April 1971 Melbourne, Australia Mundine knocked out at 0:52 of the first round.
Win 3–2 Victor Manuel Basilio TKO 2 18 February 1971 Sydney, Australia
Draw 19–9–2 Bunny Sterling PTS 15 21 January 1971 Sydney, Australia Commonwealth Middleweight Title.
Win 24–14–4 Barry Calderwood TKO 5 12 December 1970 Melbourne, Australia
Win 39–25–3 Johnny Kramer TKO 5 25 August 1970 Sydney, Australia
Win 51–64–14 Billy "Mellow" Marsh TKO 8 16 July 1970 Sydney, Australia
Win 9–15–2 Filipino Ravalo KO 2 9 June 1970 Sydney, Australia
Win 3–6 Ravuama Roko KO 2 28 May 1970 Sydney, Australia
Win 12–8–2 Billy Choules KO 4 23 April 1970 Sydney, Australia Australia Middleweight Title.
Win -- Jeke Naqelevuki TKO 3 19 March 1970 Sydney, Australia
Win 1–3–1 Sione Sani KO 1 10 March 1970 Sydney, Australia
Win 12–7–2 Billy Choules KO 4 9 February 1970 Melbourne, Australia
Win 17–8 Billy Opetaia TKO 7 17 December 1969 Sydney, Australia Referee stopped the bout at 1:04 of the seventh round.
Win -- Feleti Leone TKO 2 12 December 1969 Melbourne, Australia
Loss 14–5 Kahu Mahanga KO 9 10 November 1969 Melbourne, Australia
Win 4–6–2 Les "Jazzer" Dixon KO 2 22 October 1969 Sydney, Australia
Win 6–5 Lee Moto KO 5 23 September 1969 Sydney, Australia
Win 1–2–1 Sione Sani PTS 8 8 September 1969 Melbourne, Australia
Win 3–4 Ted McKenzie KO 3 28 July 1969 Sydney, Australia
Win 7–3–1 Ricky Datsun PTS 8 23 June 1969 Melbourne, Australia
Win 1–1 "Sugar" Ray Wheatley KO 2 28 May 1969 Sydney, Australia
Win 2–2 Ted McKenzie KO 5 7 May 1969 Sydney, Australia
Win 2–1 Ted McKenzie PTS 10 16 April 1969 Sydney, Australia
Win 0–2 Frank "Evangelist" Graham KO 3 9 April 1969 Sydney, Australia
Win -- Frank "Evangelist" Graham PTS 4 5 March 1969 Sydney, 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 March 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 (June 2006). "The Fighting Mundines From Sydney, Australia". Fight Times Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  5. ^ Tony Mundine. Brookvale school
  6. ^ Tony Mundine. Turning Sixty
  7. ^ Tony Mundine. BoxRec.
  8. ^ AAP (18 February 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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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Billy Choules
Australian Middleweight Champion
23 April 1970 – 25 June 1975
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Semi Bula
Preceded by
Foster Bibron
Australian Heavyweight Champion
25 February 1972 – 26 June 1975
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Steve Aczel
Vacated
Preceded by
Bunny Sterling
Commonwealth Middleweight Champion
14 April 1972 – 24 July 1975
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Monty Betham
Preceded by
Steve Aczel
Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Champion
30 October 1975 – 27 February 1978
Succeeded by
Gary Summerhays
Vacant
Title last held by
Steve Aczel
Australian Light Heavyweight Champion
30 October 1975 – 27 April 1984
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Wally Carr
Preceded by
Maile Haumona
Australian Heavyweight Champion
5 December 1977 – 14 July 1981
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Steve Aczel
Vacant
Title last held by
None
Australian Cruiserweight Champion
24 July 1981 – 1 June 1984
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kevin Wagstaff