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

      Sam Mundine could have fought Trout for his title. Who else is going to fight Mundine in the US? He isn’t a big name over there and won’t be offered big fights, at least if he beat Trout he would have something to offer opponents. At the moment he doesn’t have the drawing power to make a fight attractive for US pay per view sales and he isn’t the draw here that he once was.

    • April 13th 2012 @ 7:27pm
      Matt from the park said | April 13th 2012 @ 7:27pm | ! Report

      For starters both Sturm and chavez jr would wipe their arses with mundine infact, he would barely qualify as a sparing partner for either fighter. Exactly who does mundine think he’s gonna fight? Mayweather or pacman??? the clock is ticking for choc as it is for Green and Australia has been chomping at the bit for a rematch. It wont mean anything but it will be entertaining to see how it pans out 6 yrs later. forget conquering the world lads the machine is 39 and the mouth oops man is 37 so f**k the USA and lets give Australia an entertaining bout. Leave the title fights to the new blood.

    • April 13th 2012 @ 7:42pm
      seanmaguire said | April 13th 2012 @ 7:42pm | ! Report

      Green would kill him. Like actually kill him. Mundine isn’t the fighter he was when they first fought each other and it would probably end up like the Briggs farce.

      • April 14th 2012 @ 10:49am
        Ko'd said | April 14th 2012 @ 10:49am | ! Report

        No your wrong,you wouldnt know a thing about ‘the Briggs farce’.Get real,Anthony has always been a better boxer than Danny even with the schooling Green has had so go back to bed and wake up.

    • April 13th 2012 @ 8:39pm
      Simo said | April 13th 2012 @ 8:39pm | ! Report

      Even the most ardent mundine supporters must be sick of his rubbish. i seriously doubt if he’ll even take on Green, if he does he’ll get caught and drop like a sack of spuds. what happened to fight JCC and then wlodaryck? hahaha what a joke, think the joke is also on the media outlets for publishing his dribble, particulary the daily astonisher, who after bagging him for years, got behind his apparent push for world domination. Mundine will be remember as someone who peaked at the beggining of his career, then decided to ruin himself by dropping in weight divisions and fighting sub standard oppostion.

    • April 14th 2012 @ 12:21am
      Dave said | April 14th 2012 @ 12:21am | ! Report

      As a long time Mundine fan I was devastated to hear Green fight talk. I have always waited for Mundine to follow his talk and make a name in the US and sadly it looks like he will choose money over legacy. Noone cares about Green v Mundine anymore, what we want is to see Mundine mix it with the top stars in the US. Why wouldn’t you take the Trout fight and make it happen in the US. Trouts next fight was being discussed as a nationally televised US fight, what better way than for Anthony to show what he can do in front of a big audience. If he beats Trout convincingly then it sets the stage to step up again and fight a bigger name and now he would start gathering some television network backing which is what he needs to do. Possibly a Cotto fight would eventuate within 1 or 2 more fights. Instead, if he fights Green he can basically kiss any US recognition away. Noone is going to give him anymore opportunities over there as he keeps aging with no known opponents in recent years. If we are talking domestic fights why wouldn’t you chase Geale who has stated an interest in revenge? Again this fight should occur in the US as Geale already has set in place an option to fight his next fight on US television. This would be a perfect opportunity for Mundine to claim a legitimate belt and gain a US backing. Say it aint so Anthony. Please give your fans a chance to see you against the best by building that up over a few US wins. Billy Dib and Geale are able to put themselves in a position to fight in the US, so please stop conning your fans saying it can’t be done. You have more money than them put together so you are in a perfect position to take a pay cut for one or two fights to achieve the bigger fights.
      In your prime I truly believe when focused you could beat anyone, I hope it doesn’t pass you by. When you knocked Sam Soliman out in your 2nd fight with him I thought I was about to see you go on to become the greatest fighter Australia has ever seen. Sadly the wait to see you realise your potential seems to be dragging on forever & seems to be in great jeopardy as you continue to age & now focus back on has beens like Green.

    • April 15th 2012 @ 12:48am
      safe Pa said | April 15th 2012 @ 12:48am | ! Report

      Mundine is a joke. He has no heart. He thinks he’s better than he is. He should stay in Aus fighting nobodies and stop pretending he’s a “name”. He’s a bum who gets beat whenever he steps up. He got put to sleep against Ottke! He is an embarrasment to the sweet science. “Choc” fans that try to argue he is right to do this are as insane as the man himself. Retire you bum.

      • April 15th 2012 @ 3:15pm
        Ko'd said | April 15th 2012 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

        Yep and you couldnt fight ya way out of a wet paper bag Safe Pa probably never boxed in your life.

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