Anthony Mundine vs Danny Green inches closer

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    Anthony Mundine has ducked fellow WBA junior middleweight title holder Austin Trout, as a rematch with fellow Aussie Danny Green starts to firm up.

    Mundine’s camp failed to turn up at a recent WBA purse pid in Panama, scuppering plans for a mandatory matchup between Mundine (interim champion) and the American Trout (regular champion).

    The Trout camp has slammed Mundine, while the 36-year old Australian has hit and called Trout “laughable” and a “nobody”.

    “If he came with a name and came with some pulling power (I’d fight him) – but I’m not going to let him use me and take my money,” Mundine told Fox Sports.

    “Austin Trout is a no-name. He’s getting desperate. He’s like a desperate dude that’s looking for a pay day.”

    This whole episode is laughable. Mundine says he wants the big fights, he wants to take on the top fighters in the US.

    Trout is the regular WBA champion. He is undefeated after 24 pro fights and is only 26 years old.

    There are only two reasons Mundine doesn’t want to fight Trout – he isn’t getting enough money (in his eyes) for the bout, or he is worried about beating Trout.

    Mundine seems to be forgetting that he isn’t a big name in America. He isn’t going to be thrown big money in the States without winning some fights and defeating some name boxers there. Trout would be one.

    The only other “bigger” fights out there for Mundine would the WBA super champion Miguel Cotto, the WBC champion Saul Alvarez or the IBF champion Cornelius Bundrage (probably not the two WBO Eastern European belt holders). Or Mundine may want to go up in weight to fight WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm or WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

    But a world title fight is not going to jump out from nowhere. Mundine has to earn it. Beating Trout would do that. But sadly it won’t happen.

    Making money before he retires, not leaving a lasting legacy, is what Mundine appears to be focusing on.

    He says the people want a rematch with Green.

    Sure, it would make a stack of money and bring in the punters who rarely ever follow boxing. Their first fight made more money than any other pro fight in Australian history. But Green is 39, now fighting at crusierweight or light heavyweight, and has badly lost his last two bouts. This would be a cash grab, pure and simple.

    If Mundine wants to beat the best, and make history then he should fight Trout. Do it for your reputation, not your bank balance for once. Or even better, IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale.

    Bouts with Trout or Geale would make better fights, but less money than a Green clash. And that sadly, is what boxing is all about today.

    Prepared to be scummed again Aussie fight fans.

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    The Crowd Says (19)

    • April 13th 2012 @ 3:08pm
      Mals said | April 13th 2012 @ 3:08pm | ! Report

      Indeed there is no purpose to a Mundine v Green rematch.

      Mundine is scared of being beaten by Trout & with good reason.

      • April 19th 2012 @ 11:59pm
        Branna said | April 19th 2012 @ 11:59pm | ! Report

        There is no point Mundine fighting Daniel Geale. He has already beaten Geale. It might have been good for Mundine to fight Trout but why should he. When he wanted to fight big American names, none would fight him. Pavlik avoided him for years. Now on the back end of his career when he should be focussing on making money, an American champ finally decides to fight him. Why should he, what does he owe the americans after none of them would fight him before

      • May 14th 2012 @ 5:38pm
        Ex-Mancunian said | May 14th 2012 @ 5:38pm | ! Report

        I have just seen a report that Mundine has been stripped of his WBA interim super welterwight title for refusing to fight Austin Trout.
        The report goes on to quote Mundine as saying “I just want to go after Mayweather, I don’t want nobody else. He’s the only one on my level”.
        If he really believes that, he needs professional help.

    • April 13th 2012 @ 3:13pm
      seanmaguire said | April 13th 2012 @ 3:13pm | ! Report

      I cannot believe what a joke Mundine has become. He goes to the US saying he wants to fight big fights and for belts, then he doesn’t even turn up to the purse bid for the mandatory title fight with Trout. He should just hand up the gloves, what is another fight with a semi retired Green going to prove? Besides which how is Mundine going to beat anyone after his recent performances? Just give it up Anthony. When Garth Woods beats you what is the point of going on?

    • April 13th 2012 @ 3:40pm
      Cassius C said | April 13th 2012 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

      Green aint that much better than Mundine people!!! Whenever he has stepped up, he was beaten badly. He still makes excuses for his loss to Mundine and tried to fight another over the hill fighter in Tarver and had hiss ass handed to him. Green is just as much after the cash as Mundine and taking the lime light from the young up and coming fighters in this country. Fight one last time and hang up the gloves and give the young guns a crack at the top.

    • April 13th 2012 @ 3:58pm
      sam t said | April 13th 2012 @ 3:58pm | ! Report

      What people don’t understand is Trout is not a big name, he only has the second best WBA belt and is not in rings top 10 and has just the one televised fight on little known Sho box. Mundine did not go to the US to fight Trout. According to Fox news Mundine offered Trout 40% to fight in Aus and he knocked it back. Green accepted 33% in 2006 and made 2 million. The biggest slice of the pie always goes to the biggest drawcard, Mundine is ten years older with twice the fights 3 world titles including a genuine full WBA supermid world title in 2004. Mundine has 3 top 5 scalps including dominant one sided wins over Green and Echols. Trout won his vacant regular title against world #51 R. Alvarez his best win against #23 Lopez. Mundine is the big name here he should call the shots he’s the one generating the money people don’t pay to see Austin Trout fight that’s been proven.

    • April 13th 2012 @ 6:31pm
      peyton said | April 13th 2012 @ 6:31pm | ! Report

      Green knows he can’t win he’s way out of his league it’s 2006 all over again, but if he can convince the Mundine haters he can win the fight will generate millions, that’s why he’s persisted with the weight loss excuses for all these years, in case of a rematch and another big payday. We all know Green was a career supermiddleweight and certainly is no cruiserweight but just a remote chance of him winning even if it is just wishful thinking will be enough to fool the punters and get the dollars rolling in.

    • April 13th 2012 @ 6:43pm
      Mac said | April 13th 2012 @ 6:43pm | ! Report

      Not even a has been.,.

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