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