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Exclusive: Mundine not ready to quit, would consider Green offer

Phil Jay 21/01/2016

Damian Brierty

Former world title holder Anthony Mundine is considering his next move carefully as a result of a seventh career loss against Charles Hatley in Melbourne, Australia last November.

The 40 year-old has endured mixed fortunes over the past four years, having defeated the likes of Rigoberto Alvarez, fighting legend ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley and more recently highly-ranked Sergey Rabchenko.

On the other hand, losses to Daniel Geale, Joshua Clottey and Hatley two months ago have forced Mundine to re-evaluate his situation. Injury problems are at the forefront of Mundine’s troubles, although the fighter himself says there is at least another contest in him once he’s fully fit and potentially goes under the knife to cure a hip ailment.

“I’m not sure about when I may return yet, but I want to try fight again at least once, if not twice, depending on if I have surgery on my hip,” Mundine exclusively told World Boxing News.

“My last performance wasn’t great because I told you guys all along my prep was horrible and I probably should have pulled out because of an injury ridden preparation. I know that when I’m injury free and I put in the hard work I can beat a lot of champs as I have proven before.”

One option which has been open to Mundine to a long time now is a return with former IBO cruiserweight champion and arch-nemesis Danny Green, who has consistently had ‘The Man’ on his mind since a 2006 decision loss.

Mundine and Green went in completely different directions after their first fight as the former moved down to 154 whilst the latter ended up at 200 pounds, although both seem to think that the weight issue can be worked out.

“If I fight Danny Green it be for the money as I’ll have to give away 10kg,” explained Mundine. “That doesn’t matter to me as I’ll prep my body and mind to take him on if it comes off.

“There would have to be clauses in there regarding weight pre and post-fight though. I said 80kg (176 pounds) that’s fair, but any higher, then I would want a bigger percentage. Saying that, I still feel I got too much speed and skill for him.

“A 157 pound catchweight would be ideal for me as I can still make 154, although 160 is probably my best weight now. I know Green won’t be able to make that weight so there’s still a lot to agree on,” he added.