Mundine might be the better fighter, but Green’s the better man

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    Anthony Mundine will be in action against Tommy Browne on January 17th. (AAP Image/David Mariuz)

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    History may or may not judge Anthony Mundine a better fighter than Danny Green.

    Few doubt Mundine was the better fighter in their return about in Adelaide, and comfortably.

    After the disputed decision went Green’s way, Mundine not only claimed to have won, saying he was the better fighter and the better man.

    In this he is wrong.

    Post-fight, Green proved what has long been suspected.

    He may or may not have been the better fighter during their careers, but he is the better man.

    Green was a generous winner after the shock decision, devoting much time to praising Mundine’s skill, style and courage as a boxer.

    He acknowledged the man with the warm colloquialism Choc, emphasising the brotherly fraternity of fighters, as he had acknowledged Mundine had won their first fight in 2006.

    In contrast, Mundine has gone on his prolonged ‘I woz robbed’ bleat, with just a cursory word for Green.

    Were Mundine capable of reflection, he might have concluded that had he have got the nod, the win would have been forever tainted.

    There is irony here.

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    Green funded a television advertisement in which he appeared, illustrating the danger of one-punch attacks.

    Whether it was accidental or otherwise, Mundine gave a classic demonstration in the first round of a one-punch attack that would be seen in the pub or in the street.

    Had Mundine have won, there would forever be the questions of whether the bout should have been declared a no-contest, of whether Green would have been a different fighter had he not been king-hit.

    But Mundine doesn’t do self-reflection.

    Should Adelaide have been his last fight, he might start.

    He might regret that if he had been capable of a career to match his boasts, he should have pursued it a long time ago.

    He might reflect that the time to start was after his knockout world-title loss to non-puncher Sven Ottke when ahead on points.

    He might reflect that he should have fought continually overseas to build his profile and gain the chance to fight the real top-raters he said he wanted to beat.

    Instead, Mundine made a lot of headlines, a lot of money and gained the man-they-love-to-hate celebrity by staying at home.

    Mundine was given rare sporting gifts, no doubt, but he is little known overseas.

    Father Tony gained a bigger profile in his fighting days.

    Mundine was robbed against Green. But he robbed himself of much more long before Friday night.

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    • February 5th 2017 @ 7:07am
      tigranes said | February 5th 2017 @ 7:07am | ! Report

      Uh thouhht Mundine had fought several times in the USA and was well known in the USA?

      • February 5th 2017 @ 9:51am
        Jeff dustby said | February 5th 2017 @ 9:51am | ! Report

        No he’s not known at all

    • February 5th 2017 @ 8:15am
      keith said | February 5th 2017 @ 8:15am | ! Report

      A footballer is usually carried or stretchered off the field after being so badly concussed , and a fight is usually stopped or the boxer is stopped in that same round when in that condition , I have seen plenty (40yrs following boxing) , so a real show of greens fitness to go the distance , I am yet to hear any acknowledgement from mundines circle about , to say the least, dirty tactics in the 1st round , the fight very well could have been stopped right there . As someone said , mundine should just accept the situation because if he won , he would forever be ridiculed for his 1st round tactics , where as now he has many backing him . The fight itself ,if you disregard green went 10 rounds after getting whacked with a sledge hammer , in my opinion should have been a draw or majority decision to mundine and I must say the plasterer from hervey bay that got in the ring with quade cooper must have balls as big as his gut , What a Legend!!!

    • February 5th 2017 @ 9:02am
      McNaulty said | February 5th 2017 @ 9:02am | ! Report

      Green has always seemed like a thug to me. Like a guy who would be in a bikie gang or something. His one punch ads made me laugh.

      Am I the only one who thought the Mundine shot in the first round was just a case of Green looking away. The ref was not between them – I don’t think Mundine could even see the ref. The first rule is always protect yourself.

      • February 5th 2017 @ 11:04am
        Daniel said | February 5th 2017 @ 11:04am | ! Report

        Yeah, you’re the only one. It was a cheap shot through and through

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        February 5th 2017 @ 12:14pm
        Cadfael said | February 5th 2017 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

        It is but the referee had his arm around Green to pull him away so he obviously didn’t expect it.

    • February 5th 2017 @ 9:51am
      Jeff dustby said | February 5th 2017 @ 9:51am | ! Report

      They are both average

    • February 5th 2017 @ 10:46am
      BrainsTrust said | February 5th 2017 @ 10:46am | ! Report

      Both are smart men who have made a lot of money with lesser ability by being alert to how push people’s buttons and generate publicity. Mundine I suspect his manager was the one pushing him into stuff like going on Big Brother, Green built himself up first up by stalking Mundine initially and playing the good guy character, while also setting himself up with various easy beats.

    • February 5th 2017 @ 12:36pm
      Oingo Boingo said | February 5th 2017 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

      The author is spot on , try running 5000 metres after being king hit.
      I’m betting you wouldn’t put in your best time .

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