The best Aussie boxers fly under the radar
Name the one sport in Australia where the media barely pay attention to the country’s top two guys? A ridiculous idea but one that is a strange reality in Australian boxing.
Reading our media, you would be convinced that Anthony Mundine and Danny Green were the nations’ best fighters, such is the lavish attention and coverage they get for fights that by international standards are comedic.
The Paul Briggs debacle aside, which whilst a stain on the sport, is only to be expected in a local environment where the likes of Green and Mundine seem to be the only Australians that don’t own passports or have any balls.
It’s no shock. Australian boxing has been a insular disgrace for a long time.
Green and Mundine have performed the complex trick of convincing the casual observer that boxing has as much global reach as AFL. It’s bewildering.
I could name twenty overseas fighters they both could have fought and Green chooses Briggs? Anyone that thought Paul Briggs was a credible opponent knows absolutely nothing about boxing.
The only thing that’s ever gone right in NSW is them refusing to sanction the ‘fight.’
Australian boxing lost all credibility the day Mundine decided to pretend to be a boxer and his mate Sonny Bill Williams got treated by the media as a real fighter.
I love boxing and am constantly asked why Australian boxers aren’t very good.
It’s at this point I have to explain, very slowly, that Australia has some wonderful fighters, it’s just the media chooses to ignore them for some reason. They would rather continue to play out a straight black Vs white, good (Green) v evil (Mundine) bogan pantomime that has long since past its use by date.
Green is a nobody working on his retirement plan, Mundine is worse but his business acumen is at least first rate. Never has a fighter achieved so much financially with so little.
Why anyone would pay for a Mundine fight is beyond me. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing you that a Mundine fight wasn’t going to be a 12 round boring, risk free decision.
Intelligent fans don’t buy Australian promoted fights on PPV. Give your money to the homeless instead.
The fighters we should be hearing about are Vic Darchinyan and Michael Katsidis, Australia’s best and bravest, who proudly fly the flag.
These two warriors have spent the last five years flying all over the world, fighting the best, beating good fighters yet tragically wouldn’t be recognised in the street by most in their own country.
Katsidis, in particular, is a genuine star. His brutal destruction of a number of highly ranked boxers in their backyard has won him a considerable fan club in the UK and US, but in Australia?
But, hey, let’s not get in the way of the media obsession with the two fighters, who internationally make Australian boxing synonymous with cowardice.