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Mundine Agrees to a Rematch with Geale

Anthony Mundine stole a little of Sugar Ray Leonard’s thunder in Sydney yesterday to announce he will bow to pressure and fight Daniel Geale in a rematch of the IBO middleweight world title won in controversial circumstances in Brisbane in May.

The much-anticipated re-match decision follows an appeal by Geale’s camp over the close defeat. The IBO has ordered the fight must take place before February 27 or Mundine faces being stripped of the title.

“There are a few money issues that still need to be resolved. It should take place in early February, but just where is another sticking point,” Mundine said after welcoming Leonard to Sydney for a series of charity fund raisers and the launch of a new video game.

“Geale’s a Tasmanian. It could be there. Right now it is just a matter of negotiating the best deal for both of us. But I believe the Geale camp see me as some sort of a cash cow.”

Mundine won a split decision over Geale but Geale lodged a protest claiming the judges did not score a knockdown, and that a Mundine supporter verbally intimidated a a judge.

Leonard said he rated Mundine alongside some of the greats of the 1980s like Tommy Hearns and Marvin Hagler.

“I fight those guys who I consider great,” Leonard said.

“Except one guy here I call ‘The Man’.”

Reprinted from The Australian

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  1. Corinna Slade September 1, 2009 at 1:10 am

    By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

    IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green has been critical of Anthony Mundine and the opponents he selects to fight. Green said, “I’m not sure what his next fight is, I dare say it would be against someone that is going to be a relatively very safe option for him. It’s pretty much a pattern now.” Green was clearly defeated by Mundine over twelve rounds in 2006 in a bout that attracted a record live gate of over 30,000 fight fans. Mundine won a disputed split points decision over Daniel Geale in May to win the IBO middleweight title and has since been ordered by the IBO to give the classy Geale a rematch. Green has also been chasing a rematch with the former WBA 168 pound champion. Mundine said, “If Greeny has still got that cruiserweight after Roy Jones, he knows where I’m at.” The Danny Green vs Roy Jones Jr. IBO cruiserweight title bout is slated for November 29 with the most likely venue being the Sydney Entertainment Center.

  2. Mark September 8, 2009 at 6:34 am

    How can Leonard say that about Mundine when he hasn’t fought anyone yet, Make no mistake this time Daneal, clean up this Goose for good.
    Good luck for the future Daneal

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