You can’t believe Anthony Mundine is whingeing that he was robbed. You just can’t believe it. That said, it’s Anthony Mundine we’re talking about here, so actually, who’s surprised?

This man needs to work out what he's really fighting for. Pic: Brett Costello

Daniel Geale failed to land a knockout blow last night but he was clearly the better fighter. A bit quicker, a bit smarter, a bit more resilient and as ever, a whole lot more humble.

As a sportsman, Mundine is no longer relevant. He was world class in his day but like Ricky Ponting, he is now in his late 30s and clearly past his prime. Maybe he’ll fight on, may be he won’t. The real question now is whether he is still relevant as a public figure.

Actually, that question is a bit of a non sequitur. He is not, and will not, be relevant in Australian public life until he learns a little humility.

Last night’s fight was a boxing contest but it was so much more than that. All great sport is underpinned by much more than two sweaty teams or individuals dukin’ it out. Great sport is about narrative, about storyline. And last night’s storyline was a classic case of humility versus ego.

In one corner, a knockabout world champion from Tasmania who has endeared himself to everyday Australians. In the opposite corner, a talented but arrogant bigmouth who has alienated himself from all bar his inner circle through a decade and a half of grotesquely narcissistic pronouncements on everything from his own ability to the state of Western morality.

Mundine’s supporters are an aggressive lot who come from all walks of life. They are lawyers, street brawler, activists and athletes. They are united in some cases by Mundine’s adopted religion of Islam, in some cases by their Aboriginal heritage and in other cases by an amorphous and ill-defined sense of us-against-them.

What they all have in common is the inability to distinguish the brash from the boastful, the cocky from the downright offensive.

And Anthony Mundine has been seriously offensive over the years. His invective has gone way beyond the usual boxing trash talk and bravado. His statement in October 2001 that that America brought the 9/11 attacks upon itself remains the low point.

He apologised, and clumsily attempted to retract the statement, but he couldn’t help himself. Again and again over the years, he made statements which were not only offensive but dumb. His latest was to question Daniel Geale’s Aboriginal heritage.

Another memorable gaffe of logic was his sourpuss claim that he never received the rugby league representative honours his rare talent so richly deserved because selectors were racist.

Say what? As Daily Telegraph journalist Paul Kent helpfully pointed out in his memorable exchange at a press conference this week, the chairman of selectors at the time was none other than the late Arthur Beetson, a deeply revered all time great of the game and a proud Aboriginal.

For all his missteps and colourful over-estimation of his place in the all-time pantheon of sporting greats, Mundine has done good in the community. He doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t do a whole bunch of stuff. He is, to employ that over-used term, a true role mode to street kids and many others within a wide range of communities.

There is a run-down boxing ring at a church-run centre for troubled youth in Sydney’s inner west which I happen to know Mundine has visited numerous times over the years. Not for money, not for publicity, but because he believes in using his powers to help others.

The challenge now for Mundine is to brings some of that private humility to the public arena. He doesn’t have to change who he is. He can stay angry. He can remain fired up and cocky.

But Anthony Mundine has to box clever away from the ring. He has to think harder about what he says, and get it into his head that one stupid statement undermines 100 quiet acts of goodwill.

If he fails to change, the whole of Australia will lose interest in him quicker than he exited the ring last night without acknowledging the winner.

But if he succeeds, well, Anthony Mundine might end up being a whole lot more than The Man. He might be a man.

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    • Elphaba says:

      08:49am | 31/01/13

      “You can’t believe Anthony Mundine is whingeing that he was robbed.”

      I can.  As if he’d ever accept that he genuinely was beaten by someone better than himself.

      I get that boxers are supposed to have an ego, but he is a massive tool.

    • Greg in Chengdu says:

      09:13am | 31/01/13

      Its sad when one is truly happy that a fellow coubtryman lost. But I am. After all the years he has spent in sport he still knows nothing about sportsmanship and still plays the victim. Its always everyone elses fault.

    • Hartz says:

      10:11am | 31/01/13

      Mundine is a waste of space, a pathetic sportsman who’s arrogant displays and un-Australian actions have forever alienated him from regular people. There is no amount of good deeds that will undo the sight of his refusal to shake hands or the sound of his whinging and whiney calls of being robbed… I hope he drops out of sight and the media forget about him. I think we could all quite happily go about the rest of our life without hearing from this pompous clown ever again…

    • pasd says:

      10:23am | 31/01/13

      Now is the time for Julia Gillard to take him on as top of the ALP Senate ticket in NSW.

      After all, like Peris. he is aboriginal and he is not at all short on talk- what an asset to Australian politics!

    • Bruce says:

      10:40am | 31/01/13

      Anyone really thinks Mundine would acknowledge a better man ? Even if he were knocked out in the 2 round, he would blame someone else !

    • Roastman says:

      04:55pm | 31/01/13

      Well said Anthony Sharwood. It is a shame that instead of trying to take the advice offered and improve his image, Mundine will just label you as a racist for your comments. If he used his brain he would discover it is not his race that anybody cares about, it is the stupid comments that come from his mouth. He is a talented athlete, but instead of leaving behind a great legacy, he has distanced himself from every right-minded person in the country. Anthony, please get over the fact that you are Aboriginal. Nobody cares. You are the racist. I have know some fine Aboriginal people, who take pride in their heritage without aggressively forcing it in front of others. Like your religion, you do your race no favours by inciting aggression and alienating yourself from decent society. Can you possibly believe that by fostering hate you are improving the image of Aboriginals and Muslims in Australia? If so, you are even more foolish than you appear.

    • Chillin says:

      09:26am | 31/01/13

      Worse, is the rest of the Aboriginal community say nothing, don’t stand up for themselves, don’t condemn him for attacking his own race.  No they sit there mute and condone.

    • Punch Drunk says:

      09:36am | 31/01/13

      His mum isn’t white. She is an Aboriginal who is lighter skinned than he is.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      10:30am | 31/01/13

      I’m friends with a few Aboriginals and they cant stand him.

      Do you condone every white person who does something wrong Chillin?

    • Chillin says:

      11:51am | 31/01/13

      @simon

      Strangely we don’t hear from them in the media.  Yet we hear Alan Jones condemned for a week, Kyle Sandilands a lifetime.  Keep making excuses.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      01:40pm | 31/01/13

      Doesn’t sell papers Chillin, how naive can you be?

      Alan Jones and Sandilands the best you can come up with? not exactly people of outstanding character.

    • burp! says:

      02:21pm | 31/01/13

      nah, replacing his manager wouldn’t help as mundine is a neanderthal beyond help or reasoning…

    • Kika says:

      02:32pm | 31/01/13

      Point is Punch Drunk - is that his Geale is a Tasmanian Aborigine who was attacked for being ‘white’ and has white kids. Anthony Mundine’s Mum is pretty white and would have slight Aboriginal ancestry. So if Anthony wants to play the one drop rule game, he should look at himself and his Mum before he knocks someone else, particularly another Aboriginal person.

      And I know plenty of Aboriginal people who don’t like Mundine, and there was outcry in the Aboriginal media about his stupid statements about the Tasmanian Aboriginal people. But you probably weren’t listening.

    • Tangles says:

      03:27pm | 31/01/13

      Kika - Mundine’s mother is an Australian Aboriginal - part of the stolen generation, in fact.

    • Chillin says:

      04:20pm | 31/01/13

      @simon

      Mundine is your best effort at a person of character?

      That’s my point, when Alan Jones or Sandilands say something offensive the community speaks out.  Not one mainstream public aboriginal figure has been on the front page condemning him.

    • dovif says:

      08:56am | 31/01/13

      Anthony Mundine was no Laurie Daley in his day and he is no Daniel Geale today

      Oh wait Daley is part aborigines, those racist selectors

    • Sickemrex says:

      11:58am | 31/01/13

      Yeah but you still have to admit that not many indigenous players make rep league teams. Oh, wait.

    • Tim says:

      08:59am | 31/01/13

      Mundine was clearly outclassed in the fight. It wasn’t even close so I have no idea why Mundine was whinging or why Geale would possibly want a third fight.

      Mundine proved last night (if we didn’t already know) that he is a joke. Wasn’t even man enough to admit he was beaten and give Geale the credit he deserves.

      One thing is for sure, I won’t be buying another pay per view with Mundine headlining again. It was a good fight but he’s clearly well past his best and not worth it.

    • PW says:

      11:40am | 31/01/13

      Mundine uses his mouth to sell pay per view. People want to see him flattened. It didn’t happen last night, I didn’t see the fight but it appears to have gone the distance.

      By crying he was robbed, Mundine is already selling his next fight on PPV. All the usual suckers will pay up.

      He may be a lot of things but stupid isn’t one of them.

    • pete says:

      12:30pm | 31/01/13

      Spot on PW.

      Who won the fight?

      But who is everyone talking about today?

      Unfortunately lame journalists are trying to bignote themselves off the back of Mundine while completely ignoring the winner.

    • Tim says:

      01:26pm | 31/01/13

      PW,
      disagree.
      Mundine may try to use his mouth but he isn’t very good at it. He isn’t smart enough.

      Watching him last night he truly believes that the judges robbed him of the fight and that he’s persecuted. He’s been doing it since he was in Rugby League when there wasn’t any PPV money coming.

      I bought the fight with a few friends because we like boxing and it was a pretty good night. The undercards were good, even Kimbo Slice was a good spectacle despite the poor boxing skills.
      It’s the first Mundine fight I’ve ever bought and as I said, I won’t need to buy another one because Mundine simply isn’t good enough anymore.

    • Austin 3:16 says:

      03:09pm | 31/01/13

      Hey Tim.

      You might not buy the next one but I’ll bet heaps of punters will. Mundine will make a few more inflamatory comments and people will buy the fight hoping to see somebody knock him out.

      He’s been marketing his fights like this for a heck of a long while and making a pretty good living out of it.

    • Chillin says:

      09:01am | 31/01/13

      Mundine has never been relevant.  Never will be.

    • JoniM says:

      11:02am | 31/01/13

      Yep !
      Once he was the big fish in a very little pond !
      Now he is a tadpole in the very little pond !
      He was never good enough to venture into the ocean with the real boxing sharks !  But he was smart enough to maximise his prom queen benefits !

    • Troy Flynn says:

      12:21pm | 31/01/13

      I would say “Mosquito lavae” JoniM. And just as annoying.

    • Dave says:

      09:04am | 31/01/13

      Great article. It is truly time for Mundine to put up or shut up. He has to accept defeat with humility rather than making excuses which then makes him a bad role model for others who will see that it is OK to do the same thing. He has taken racism to a new level with his public comments about those from his own Aborginal heritage. Time for Mundine to grow up from a petulant child to a man

    • Modern primitive says:

      09:06am | 31/01/13

      I like Mundine, he’s a brilliant self publicist, and everyone falls for his act hook, line and sinker.

    • Neil says:

      09:25am | 31/01/13

      +1. It seems to be just an act, and it makes life a bit more interesting, like John McEnroe.

      It seems as though if sports people don’t act like they’re an accountant sports fans get the shits with them. It’s boring, and it sounds like sports fans are trying to make up for their shallowness and banality by being overly judgemental.

    • Chillin says:

      09:31am | 31/01/13

      Yeah done him a world of good so far.  He has so much community respect.

    • Modern Primitive says:

      09:43am | 31/01/13

      I doubt he cares much about respect when he’s rolling in his large piles of cash.

    • firefly says:

      10:17am | 31/01/13

      Thing is though modern, he cant back it up. A mediocre boxer at best.

    • Greg in Chengdu says:

      10:32am | 31/01/13

      Your giving Mundines intellect too much credit. This is no publicity plan. The man is just a fool

    • Fight Fan says:

      10:52am | 31/01/13

      If cash is the only measure of success, then your standards are very low Modern. All great sportspeople take interest in their legacy once they retire. Sadly, his legacy will be poor, and one where he has little respect.
      I really hope the cash is enough to fulfill him when he is a lonely old man.

    • Jocko says:

      11:09am | 31/01/13

      Money cant buy you happiness

    • JoniM says:

      11:25am | 31/01/13

      Yep !

      I suspect he has someone looking after him ( a Mr 10% ?) who understands the true market value of the “good versus evil “contest !  And who also knows you don’t threaten your cash position by taking on a “goodie” thats too “good” unless it is for a big payday !
      But I’m not so sure Anthony thinks it is all just a role play ?
      As he also used to be the best footballer to have ever laced up a boot, and it was only blatant discrimination that meant he never captained the Kangaroos for minimum of 10 years !

    • RANK FRANK says:

      09:06am | 31/01/13

      Mundine - big mouth , bigger ego , biggest sore loser.
      What a blight to humanity. A very twisted mind.
      Please never call yourself Australian.

    • Futureproof says:

      04:02pm | 31/01/13

      Mundine’s mouth contributes to global warming.  Everytime he opens it, he steals oxygen.

    • Angry God of Townsville says:

      09:10am | 31/01/13

      Mundine fails, reserve SOO, beaten by better men at every turn. If he spent as much time being the boxer he claimed to be, then maybe someone would have supported him. Most people I know, watched his fights like they watch NASCAR. Waiting for the crash rather than the result.

      Geale hammered him last night, at the end of the fight Geale’s face was unmarked whilst Mundine wore many new scars. Mundine was beaten by the better boxer and his response showed that he was also beaten by the better man.

    • firefly says:

      09:12am | 31/01/13

      Mundine is an average boxer at best with one of the most padded records in the sport. Every time he has fought a legitimate fighter he has had his ass handed to him. He has made a joke of a great sport in this country, but thank god we now have real fighters like Daniel Geale to bring some credibility back to boxing in Australia.

    • Hugo says:

      09:32am | 31/01/13

      So Firefly, are you telling us that Mundine has a donkey? Why does he take it to the fights…or do you mean, “...had his arse handed to him”?

    • sunny says:

      12:03pm | 31/01/13

      firefly - have to disagree, he was way better than average, in fact a very good boxer, but definitely not great. Prime example of this was the Kessler fight - Mundine fought a great fight with great boxing skills but Kessler was able to contain him, almost manage him. When fighting world class opponents Mundine -while he has the boxing skills- doesn’t have the ‘sweet science’ skills of the greats (such as his hero Ali) - basically he can’t engineer a win from a losing position, like step it up a gear, or change tactics for the better, or pick his moment and unleash, or deliver a sublimely timed knockout the way that Kostya Tszyu could. But to even go 12 rounds with the likes of Kessler and a few other top class fighters shows how good he was. But yes agree he should have fought more of them, that might have lead him on the path to actual greatness, not just greatness in his own mind.

      Hugo - sometimes when I make an arse of myself I get put on my ass! Did I get that right?

    • Dissident says:

      01:01pm | 31/01/13

      @sunny - I disagree with your assessment of the Kessler fight. I actually think that was the moment when Mundine realised that he would never be world class.

      The Kessler strategy was basically the same as the current Klitschko strategy. Keep the opponent at range with jabs and straights and rack up the early rounds. When the opponent gets desperate around round 7 or 8, unload with some power shots when they are on the way in trying to force the pace.

      Kessler got ahead and Mundine would have known that he wouldn’t be able to win the fight with the strategy he ran at the start, but he didn’t change it up because he knew he was in for a world of hurt if he tried to advance on Kessler. Instead he accepted that he would lose and just played out the rest of the fight.

      Kessler had plenty left in the tank in that fight but didn’t bother exerting himself because his strategy was working a treat. Why risk a flash-punch knockout to yourself if you can just keep the foe at distance and heavily out-point him. He just brushed Mundine aside and went on his way.

      Also, given the way the rest of Kessler’s career has panned out, it is fair to say that he is not the elite fighter that we thought he was. So to say that Mundine ‘stepped up’ when he accepted defeat against a questionable great really does sum up his career.

      The only question remaining is does Mundine have enough money. If so, great, he will retire or pad his record with a couple more mediocre fighters. If he needs the cash, he will fight Danny Green again at around 180 pounds, probably at Perth Arena in front of a full house. Even though Green is a (note: not THE) Cruiserweight champion, he will come down from the mandated 200 pounds for the chance to level the score.

      In any event, as a live career, Mundine’s is over. Pity he didn’t fight Trout, otherwise he would have had a shot at Cotto and even better fighters.

    • firefly says:

      01:32pm | 31/01/13

      I disagree Sunny. The main reason he went the distance with kessler, etc is that he was running the entire fight. He has little ability to mix it up & the only time he ever looked decent in the ring is against various bums he has imported from sth America & the third world. I have been involved with the sport of boxing my whole life & in boxing circles the guy is considered a joke & a disrespecful one at that. Geale made a fool of him last night. Still, it seems like you know your boxing Sunny, and its good to verbally spar you! smile

    • sunny says:

      02:41pm | 31/01/13

      “he was running the entire fight”

      Some of the fight - but that was Kessler ‘managing’ him.

      Mundine stood up to Kessler’s power and scored some great shots and a few good combos, but like I said it was obvious Mundine wasn’t going to win without some ‘sweet science’.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkbXucJV41Y

      “& a disrespecful one at that”

      who really gives a shit what comes out of his mouth - he should be judged on what happens between the starting bell of the first round and the ending bell of the last round.

    • sunny says:

      03:04pm | 31/01/13

      Dissident - “Kessler had plenty left in the tank in that fight but didn’t bother exerting himself”

      Oh really. Why don’t you ask him?

      That fight was Kessler and Mundine in their prime, and it was clear that Mundine was not in the same class, as I have said.

      That Kessler went on to lose to Calzaghe proves what I was saying that Mundine is not a ‘great’. What I said was that Mundine is a very good boxer, a very good fighter. Geez you people need some extra bran in your cereal!

    • tammy says:

      09:13am | 31/01/13

      Your comment:the better “man” won this fight geale deserved this thru his good nature,fighting spirit n sportsmanship well done wink

    • pete says:

      09:20am | 31/01/13

      C’mon, the guy is a massive troll.

      Can’t believe people are still frothing at the mouth over him.

    • Shane* says:

      09:28am | 31/01/13

      America DID bring 9/11 on themselves. Un-PC, but completely true.

    • Chillin says:

      09:50am | 31/01/13

      Disgraceful comment.

      I suppose the terrorist acts we have suffered here and the terrorist cells we have broken up here are also because we brought it on ourselves.

    • Levi says:

      10:14am | 31/01/13

      Just like women bring rape upon themselves for what they wear, ey Shane???

      Idiot

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      10:33am | 31/01/13

      It was correct. USA foreign policy helped it along, just the bandwagon jumped on him.

    • StuieG says:

      10:40am | 31/01/13

      Ah people with blinkers on. No innocent person deserves to die like that and I’m not saying the U.S brought it on themselves but I will say that the U.S hardly has a spotless record on the world stage when it comes to killing innocents. And that’s just dealing with the stories we hear. Has anyone bothered to try tally the number of innocents that where killed directly and indirectly by the U.S in the last century? I imagine it’s quite a number.

      And we as Australians back them up so if someone hates them then their probably not going to like us much. And before you jump down my throat I support us supporting the U.S.

      A quick example from early last century is how many innocent people where killed when the U.S nuked Japan oh and the fire bombing which was actually worse. Again which I’m not even against, it seemed to end the war a lot quicker and save American lives.

      I guess what I’m trying to say is before you make a comment try to investigate a little, play a little devils advocate. We have all this information at our fingertips, use it !

    • Shane* says:

      10:55am | 31/01/13

      @Chillin,

      Painting terrorists as mindless killing machines is nice and neat but very incorrect. It’s incredibly complex, but the nuts of it is this: If the US didn’t support Israel, 9/11 wouldn’t have happened. And if we (Australia) didn’t support the US and Israel, neither would we have much to worry about from multinational terrorist organisations such as Al-Qaeda.

      @Levi,
      Not even in the same stratosphere, mate. See above. It’s about proportional response. A woman wearing a miniskirt is no reason to rape. However, the US/Israeli violence against Arabs is a reason to fight back with violence. Not one I would necessarily choose, but at least it’s proportional.

    • P. Darvio says:

      10:55am | 31/01/13

      911 was only a religious terrorist attack on the democratic secular west - the religionists and their religions are only to blame - the war between the 3 Abrahamic faiths, and against democracy, murdered almost 3000 innocent people - which is why religion is such a threat to humanity and the Planet. Even yesterday we saw the reality of the threat of religion with the outrageous disgrace of religionists calling for our democratic secular elections to be moved to another date to accommodate religion and religionists.

    • Chillin says:

      11:59am | 31/01/13

      @Shane

      Writing other people’s beliefs for them might assuage your own ego, but it does little else.

    • Jay2 says:

      12:11pm | 31/01/13

      Disagree Shane. The victims of 9/11 did not choose for that to happen and bring that on themselves, no more than the Bali bomb victims brought that on themselves.

      You are right terrorism is a complex issue, which is why I’m puzzled that you would summarize those tragic events in a single sentence like that.
      “Brought on yourself guys….”. Glad you weren’t in charge of plaque naming at the site.

    • Snake says:

      12:16pm | 31/01/13

      @Shane* I’m surprised you give a bunch of paddock bashing arabs so much credit to assume they could organise such a plot.

      No doubt the US has blood on it’s hands, but it’s far more sinister than you lead us to believe. Do some research on the Sandy Hook massacre. I think the US realises the path to new laws passing are on the heartstrings of the voting public.

      How does all this relate to Mundine? It doesn’t. He’s a muppet playing the victim card in every sport he ends up sucking at. I think lately it’s more of a troll than anything though.

    • Simon says:

      12:38pm | 31/01/13

      There are literally dozens of very compelling reasons why the WTC demolition may have been a “false flag” attack - orchestrated by a devious subset of the USA’s own government and agencies, and designed to foment public opinion into favouring USA forces going into afghanistan. Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t ridiculous but there are a lot of questions need answering…. why did 3 different buildings implode when only 2 airliners crashed… why did they fall in on their own footprint like a controlled demolition if it wasn’t a controlled demolition - the only 3 buildings to do so in the wortld ever according to demolition experts… why did they collapse at all when it is widely agreed the burning avgas could not reach high enough temp to melt the building supporting structure… why did CNN in its live coverage report the demolition of building 7 early with building seven still clearly in screen in the background for the reporters “live” cross… why has unexploded thermite been confirmed to be in the dust remnants ( some experts in the field estimate up to 200 tonnes worth) why does some of the vision from the buildings burning prior to their fall resemble the way thermite burns and not the way office furniture and materials would burn why were there numerous well documented accounts of explosions at ground level or below ground level resembling the sequencing of controlled detonations ( this was reported even by senior members of the NYC fire dept..  why were there some very suspicious (apparently inside) trades on the two airlines’ stocks prior to the event by CIA associated persons… the list goes on and on and on. Why did 6/10 of the “911 commission” commissioners dissent from the official findings of the commission.

      Everyone should research and educate themselves on these issues and make up their own minds..

    • marley says:

      12:40pm | 31/01/13

      @Shane*  - 9/11 had nothing to do with Israel, and everything to do with internecine power struggles within the Arab world.  The American sin, from bin Laden’s point of view, wasn’t that it supported Israel but that it supported the Saudi royal family.  Israel was just added on as a sort of catch-all attraction, but the real issues had nothing to do with Israel or Palestine.

    • Shane* says:

      12:45pm | 31/01/13

      @Jay2

      The 9/11 attacks weren’t aimed at office workers… they were aimed at the US. And US foreign policy had given the criminals all the motivation they needed.

      If you had a time machine and could go back to 1 month before 9/11 and change US policy to one of demanding a halt to Israeli settlements, remove all financial and military support for Israel, and devote US policy to regaining a shred of dignity for displaced arabs… I’d say 9/11 never happens.

      Ergo… they brought it on themselves. Their policy led to it.

    • Jay2 says:

      01:04pm | 31/01/13

      @ Shane, I see, so the office workers that they knew would be in those buildings, plus those hapless plane victims were merely “collateral damage”?
      The Bali bomb victims weren’t really the target, it was a hit at Australian government policy and western ideologies?  So they all really did ‘bring it on themselves’?

      I do distinctly remember images being beamed from around the world from certain countries where there was mass celebrations going on at the deaths of those thousands of people. It didn’t present like they were rejoicing over a strikeback of ‘policies’.
      I still disagree with your one sentence summarisation.

    • Shane* says:

      01:17pm | 31/01/13

      @Jay2

      Then you’re wrong.

    • DFB says:

      01:38pm | 31/01/13

      What does 911 have to do with boxing?

      Nothing.


      Only a retard like Mundine would feel the need to comment in a sporting context.

    • lostinperth says:

      02:14pm | 31/01/13

      @ Shane - I agree with you.

      Doesn’t justify 9/11 but actions have consequences. You cannot expect to wage war across the globe and expect it would never come home to roost.

      America’s policies of supporting repressive governments, either supplying or dropping bombs on various countries etc etc built up a huge amount of resentment and anger across the world. They had been protected for 50 years by geographical distance and the most advanced military / intelligence forces in the world. Eventually someone would work out how to retaliate.

      Why 9/11 caused such outrage is that it shattered the US myth that they were safe and impregnable, that nothing could harm ordinary US citizens in their own land. Dying by bombs was something that happened elsewhere to others.  They had survived numerous foreign wars with no part of continental America harmed, unlike everywhere else in the world.

      The 9/11 victims died because they represented the US just as innocent victims of drone strikes die because they represent “terrorists” or “the Taliban” or “al-Quaida”. Did the individual people deserve to die - no. But neither do the individuals killed by wayward US drone strikes and I don’t see a lot of US outrage or remorse at their deaths.

    • Kathy R says:

      09:30am | 31/01/13

      Well said Ant. The time to be the real man he sometimes shows glimpses of is nigh. Come on Anthony Mundine seize the time & be all that you can be, maybe then we will grow to like & admire you.

    • Rose says:

      09:36am | 31/01/13

      There are only times I ever wanted Australians to lose at sport, every time Hewitt plays tennis, every time Mundine fights and a few years ago, the Australian cricket team. All for the same reason, arrogance, poor sportsmanship and a massive lack of humility.

    • Ally says:

      10:02am | 31/01/13

      I’m starting to be inclined to add Tomic to that list.

    • Grouchalot says:

      10:48am | 31/01/13

      As much as I hate to admit it, I do think Hewitt has grown up over the years as is no longer in this category. He appears to be much more circumspect about himself and his abilities.

    • Rose says:

      10:52am | 31/01/13

      I was thinking that about Tomic but seeing him in the last few weeks I think it’s possible that he’s learning his lesson and is developing a better attitude to tennis and people, I’m going to reserve my judgement on him.
      I do wish he’d stick to the speed limit though smile

    • JoniM says:

      11:32am | 31/01/13

      Tomic is like Mundine but without the ticker !

    • Redeker Plan says:

      11:46am | 31/01/13

      To this I have to personally add many of the Australian Olympic Swimming Team last year. James Magnussen, Nick D’Arcy, et al.; so many of them seem to have an attitude of entitlement.

      It just sticks in my craw, especially given that much of the winning history of the team which led not only to this “golden child” attitude but also the millions of dollars in government funding the sport receives was actually earned by champions much older and humbler then the current crop.

    • Wayne Kerr says:

      11:48am | 31/01/13

      Did you see footage of Tomic the other day Rose when he was stopped for speeding?  The news crew asked what he had been stopped for and his only response was that he plays for Australia and shouldn’t be picked on. That line says it all really.  So I definitely put Tomic in the same vein as Mundine, although Tomic may well end up being a top sportsman.  That remains to be seen however.

    • Rose says:

      12:32pm | 31/01/13

      No, I didn’t see that Wayne, I hope you’re not saying that the news team were there when he got picked up….that kind of stalking gives me the shits. I suppose I’d have to see the context of the interview to make my own judgement, but you’re right, it doesn’t sound good. I did see him speak after he lost to Federer and he appeared to have developed some humility and reflective capacity, as well as a desire to learn.
      Interesting though, there are sections of our media that do bring out the worst in some sports people, deliberately so. It’s like they know exactly which buttons to push and head there every time.

    • Rose says:

      12:55pm | 31/01/13

      I just watched it, not very edifying for him at all. However I thought Channel 7 was the biggest douchebag in that piece, they didn’t play whatever it was they said to him prior to his poor comment, maybe he was justified in telling them where to get off (although he should choose his words better).
      He is going to have to get a handle on the way he responds to media though, they are there to stir him up and he needs to grow up and not give them what they want.
      We’ll see how he goes in the next little while.

    • Wayne Kerr says:

      01:00pm | 31/01/13

      I’m not sure how the news crew were there at that exact moment so perhaps it was stalking.  Still, it seemed like a silly response given the spotlight he’s under.  I’m not a big fan of Tomic but he does seem to have learned at least some humilty.  As I said, let’s see how he goes..

    • Rose says:

      01:33pm | 31/01/13

      It wouldn’t even surprise me if he was speeding to get away from Ch7….which would make his comment almost make sense.

    • Martin says:

      09:38am | 31/01/13

      Meh ... Anthony Mundane.

    • dafall says:

      11:21am | 31/01/13

      @ Martin.  Spot on mate - just one small correction - ‘mundane’ is an adjective and (like the subject) doesn’t rate a capital M.

    • Punters Pal says:

      09:39am | 31/01/13

      I didn’t watch the fight, can someone tell me how did he behave during the national anthem? Apparently it is a racist song and The Man was going to ignore it and show disrespect.

    • Chillin says:

      10:15am | 31/01/13

      He wasn’t there.

    • Punch Drunk says:

      09:46am | 31/01/13

      Firstly, I don’t hate Mundine. I don’t know him, but I do hate his public persona and think he’s a terrible role model. (*I’ve posted some of the below elsewhere*).

      Typical appalling attitude from “The Man”. I’ve heard many times that he is actually a very nice bloke and decent human being, so why he feels the need to carry on with this ridiculous alter ego is beyond me. Anthony, you don’t need to make yourself hated to bring in the pay-per-view cash.

      This victim mentality of his is terrible. “I wuz robbed!” Please. “Footy selectors are racist.” It’s already been pointed out, but Arthur Beetson was chairman of selectors and I think Mal Meninga was Aus captain at the time, not to mention the other players of that era who were Aboriginal.

      This sad, naiive attempt to emulate his hero, Ali, fails for a number of reasons:

      1) Ali had charisma - Mundine doesn’t
      2) Ali was witty and funny - Mundine isn’t
      3) Ali was intelligent - Mundine isn’t
      4) Ali was the best of his era - Mundine isn’t

      For a man who is fast approaching 40, he needs to grow up. Talented sportsman, but uneducated, boorish, boofhead.

      For all that though, he’s not stupid. He’s got people who hate him to hand over $50 to watch him fight.

    • Chillin says:

      10:19am | 31/01/13

      Yeah mainly thugs, criminals and footballers.

    • Dan says:

      10:46am | 31/01/13

      Small point, but Mal Meninga is not Aboriginal. I believe he has Kanak heritage (New Caledonia Melanesian). Otherwise, I’d just like to ask why we even give this Mundine person oxygen. Ignore him and he’ll go away.

    • TheRealDave says:

      12:35pm | 31/01/13

      I’d love to know the actual numbers of people ‘handing over $50 to watch him’....because I don’t think its anywhere near as high as people think it is….how many people here on the Punch actually put hand in pocket?? I’m betitng its around 0…...maybe 1….

    • PW says:

      12:39pm | 31/01/13

      @Punch Drunk- note that Muhammed Ali is today feted the world over, whilst his greatest opponent, Joe Frazier, died a forgotten man. Frazier was pretty much Ali’s equal, very little in it. Ali won in Manila because Frazier’s eyes closed and he couldn’t see. Frazier was quiet and dignified not unlike Geale, yet he was abused and taunted relentlessly by Ali. Not all of Ali’s verbals were witty and funny. Some of them were quite offensive. I’m sure if he is even 1% of the man he is built up to be, the things he said to Frazier will haunt him to his grave.

      You wonder why boxers like Mundine take the loudmouth route? It gives them something to look forward to after boxing. It gives them celebrity. Geale will be forgotten when Mundine is still making headlines.

    • Freeman says:

      09:47am | 31/01/13

      Mundine a world class boxer?? perhaps, but never truly a champion. He never actually dethroned a champion to get a belt.

      In both NRL and boxing, Mundine has been exposed when competeing at the highest level. He was great against Parra on a sunday arvo game but crap in finals and the one origin game he played. Good enough not to get knocked out by Kessler but not nearly good enough to take his belt.

    • Joel says:

      09:47am | 31/01/13

      He Cliams to be the greatest Athlete ever, but appears to have little or no idea of the value of sportsmanship. Anyone who has ever been consided the greatest in thier sport understands this concept. Whetther you are playing for Sheep stations, world titles, or Fun, it is a SPORT noting more. the opponent and the officials need to be acklowledged.

    • AdamC says:

      10:00am | 31/01/13

      I know it is a big call, but I reckon Anthony Mundine is the biggest douche ever.

      Seriously, he is, like, such a massive douche I can barely believe it.

      How can one guy project so much douchiness? It is truly extraordinary.

      Given his boxing career has hit the skids (or skidded to a halt, even), maybe Mundine could make being a douche his full-time occupation, rather than just a passionate hobby? Can you get paid for being a douche - maybe on talk radio?

      I guess I have to take on board the fact that Mundine does some good stuff in the community. That seems surprisingly at odds with his frequent public displays of douchiness. Maybe the douchiness thing is all an act. He is pretty good at maintaining it, then, I must admit. And I would agree with Sharwood that it is probably time for Mundine to retire ‘The Man’ (AKA The Massive Douche) persona.

    • Redeker Plan says:

      11:52am | 31/01/13

      “Can you get paid for being a douche - maybe on talk radio?”
      Apparently so - ask Alan Jones.  Mundine might have problems in that in order to be successful on radio, you kinda need to be able to form a sentence that’s at least vaguely coherent.

      I agree though, this week at least - until Kyle Sanilands comes up with something worse any day now - he could easily win the belt for Australia’s biggest douche.

    • Troy Flynn says:

      02:29pm | 31/01/13

      I thought that honour went to John Edwards. Unless the BDIU awards are an annual event.

    • youdy beaudy says:

      10:02am | 31/01/13

      He comes over as a very angry ant indeed. I don’t follow the fight game because i think you’ve got to be pretty stupid to jump around the ring and get your head knocked off each time and it doesn’t matter how good you think you are or how good others think you are you can end up with brain damage and that is what Mundine probably has already. Mohammed Ali or Cassius Clay as he was known is a typical example. Best heavyweight in the world during his time, big mouth like mundine but ended up with brain damage. So, boxing didn’t serve him well in the long run. He was also revered by people because he did good things as well but today non compus mentus. It’s a shame to end up that way.

      Also Mundine in going on with his racist and them and us comments doesn’t serve the Aboriginal people well. Doesn’t make it better for them. It always amazes me with some Aboriginies that they only need a drop can look white but always go for the downtrodden black thing and don’t recognize their white heritage. The Government should make it mandatory that to be classed as Aboriginal you have to have at least a larger percentage of that blood otherwise they will not be recognized as aboriginal. We all have different blood in our veins. We can’t use that as a cop out and a means of running down the others. We, of Anglo Saxon Celtic culture could take offence at some of Mundines remarks against whites.

      Anyway, he is finished as a boxer in the large contests and now should retire gracefully that is if he has any. Get himself out of the Black White hatred complex and try at least to increase his IQ above 60 percent.

    • Chillin says:

      10:20am | 31/01/13

      The real story is Daniel Geale. 

      ALL CLASS!

    • Bomb78 says:

      11:46am | 31/01/13

      Yep, and it’s lost because of Mundine’s antics. We have a truly top shelf world class fighter fr the first time in a generation, and yet his opponent gets all the headlines, before and after the fight.
      I have never paid to watch a Mundine fight, couldn’t bring myself to do it. But I’ll be be the first in line to pay for Geale’s next fight.

    • SZF says:

      02:44pm | 31/01/13

      At the ris of being the Semantics Troll, surely “in a generation” is a bit of an exaggeration Bomb78? I know you can’t have forgotten Fenech and Tszyu…

      And don’t let Roy and HG hear you ignore the great Aussie Joe “Beeewwwwshnah’s” epic comeback(s) that lasted until 1999! smile

    • Bomb78 says:

      04:16pm | 31/01/13

      SZF - Fenech lost his rematch with Azumah Nelson in 1992, and although it seems like yesterday I’d call that a generation ago. Tszyu was already a world amateur champion before he moved here, we can’t claim him in the way we claim Fenech or Geale.

    • PW says:

      05:06pm | 31/01/13

      Lets run a story on Daniel Geale the class boxer and all round wonderful human being on The Punch tomorrow, and see if it gets 137+ comments.

      The people know what they want.

    • craig2 says:

      10:21am | 31/01/13

      Well done to Geale and to Anthony, you’ve made your millions being a smart ass, you’ve were handed on a platter last night, now p### off and give us a break with your racist rants

    • Joe Bugner says:

      10:23am | 31/01/13

      Love it when the Aussie blokes start talking boxing, always the world experts of course. Great Britain could line the road from Melbourne to Sydney with their great fighters. The only Aussies to own a half decent jab are the kangaroos!

    • Chillin says:

      10:46am | 31/01/13

      You need to work on your troll game.

    • Joe Bugner says:

      01:06pm | 31/01/13

      Not trollin’, rollin’ with the punches @Chillin - Australia just doesn’t go on to produce world class pro boxers, which isn’t surprising when you consider at amateur level the Olympic gold medal count is: GBR 15 AUS 0 (and yes I threw in Nicola Adams to round it up to 15, even our Sheilas are tougher!)

    • Chillin says:

      02:06pm | 31/01/13

      ...and yet State Boxing Champs in Tasmania who are from the GBR would be…ZERO.  You guys better lift your game!

    • ramases says:

      04:15pm | 31/01/13

      Who cares really after all how many medals the whinging poms have won. The really don’t even register on my interested meter at all. Ho Hum, snorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre

    • Rossco says:

      10:23am | 31/01/13

      Come on, lets get to the tin tacks and not dodge it, he is actually the most offensive racist allowed to shpeil at any interview he likes.Nobody pulls him up, they just let him get away with it, and, he calls himself the victim.
      His only come back now will involve the Green Machine, who, unlike Geale nopws haw to treat head butts and elbows. D Green will give him the biggest towelling he ever had. Mundane (pun intended) . , look at the scoreboard you idiot, 117-111 you were beaten my man.

    • Chillin says:

      10:48am | 31/01/13

      Only white people are chastised for racism, every other race gets a free pass when they are racist (as we see from some contributors right here, their racism is acceptable because they start by acknowledging they aren’t white).

    • Simoc says:

      04:34pm | 31/01/13

      Joe, That’s because you have to be truly dumb to fight at the Olympics and being dumb comes naturally to Poms. I can’t recall any great GB fighters. Probably because they have never had any worth paying to see. Lennox Lewis did ok until he faced opposition.

    • HereComesDaJudge says:

      10:35am | 31/01/13

      Oh come on people, stop all the rhetoric and excuse making, Mundine has an IQ about the same as his age!

      He’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, he’s not even in the drawer!

      Some years back he underwent lessons in speaking Englsh so he could string two words together, something he still can’t do .............

      We should be actually congratulating him! The fact thar a man so mentally challenged has got as far as he has is not skill, it’s a miracle!

      If he had a manager with an ounce of professionalism and intelligence, he would insist The Man stays in his box 24/7 and never, ever goes near a microphone.

      In a way, I feel sorry for Mundine. He has (had) the potential to be a truly great sportsman but his mouth got in the way of his own gloves every time. The fact that his own management and media time permitted him to display to all the world his extremely limited communication skills and idiocy and thus be regarded as a buffoon by all is a disgrace to them as it is to Mundine.

      Oh yeh, I wouldn’t like to cross him in a dark alley either!

    • guyperson says:

      11:02am | 31/01/13

      Oh I’m sure mundine feels bad making millions of dollars and felt sorry for by nobodies on the internet. 

      Mundine- Boo hoo *wipes tears with hundred dollar bills.*

    • Internet Nobody says:

      12:29pm | 31/01/13

      “Mundine- Boo hoo *wipes tears with hundred dollar bills.* “

      He isn’t terribly intelligent, I can totally see him attempting to wipe fluids away with something made from plastic! Then when it doesn’t work - It’s because it has a picture of 2 white people on it god damn it!

      To funny gayperson, too funny.

    • Internet nobody friend says:

      01:10pm | 31/01/13

      HA HA you called me gayperson!  Get it?  You changed the Guy with GAY! You sure showed me!  You like, family guy funny!

    • S.L says:

      10:44am | 31/01/13

      What I can’t understand is Tony Mundine is always by Anthonys side and I can’t recall him in his boxing career ever opening his gob to change feet like his son.
      Who is advising “the man” on how to act in public?
      The only way to have shut him up last night was a KO. A points decision was in open invite for him to yell he was robbed!

    • Stef says:

      10:46am | 31/01/13

      Yes, Mundine shows poor showsmanship, he’s rude and obnoxious and he certainly does not live up to his own hype of being the greatest.  He does, however, create significant interest in the sport by playing the arse.  People love to watch him fail.  I know I only watch his fights to see him beaten.  He is like the Diaz brothers in UFC - everyone loves to hate them because they are such jerks.

      Without fools like Mundine, public interest in the sport would not be as high; we would not have read articles on the upcoming fight everyday this week.

      Having clowns in any sport in a given but, as with most sports, they are the minority.  Most of Australia’s boxers are true sportsmen and women; humble, polite and community-minded.  Mundine sells tickets though, if only to people wanting to see him knocked down.

    • Harro says:

      10:48am | 31/01/13

      Mudine should take a leaf out of Greg Norman’s book.  Any man, with so much talent who suffered losses like Greg did in major golf tournaments yet conducts himself with great humility and dignity is a great example of a true professional sportsperson who is admired my so many people for the way he played his sport.  Anthony, you WILL be forgotten because your behaviour was so Un-Australian and your boxing talent never lived up to the hype you made out it to be.  Enjoy your retirement.

    • OKToBeHumble says:

      10:48am | 31/01/13

      Like most celebrities nowadays he’s “famous for being famous”. It’s all about self promotion and say and do whatever it takes to get the spotlight - it translates into cash, unfortunately it’s what everyone is chasing! Pity that Anthony has thought it fine to be hated to achieve that end, when being a gentleman would have endeared him a wider fan base. If only he was like his Dad Tony, who as well as being a true Aussie champion will also be remembered as such. For him it wasn’t about the cash!

    • Billybogan says:

      10:58am | 31/01/13

      The comments here and this article prove that Mundine is a great business man.

      You pay for his fights and then you question his relevance?

      He proved it when you paid to watch him when he headlines a ppv,, when you talk about him in the newspapers, blogs and television, video game appearances, music video appearances.

      Hell you want irrelevant people,  Look at all the people posting here (including myself)  when you going to do or achieve what he has done?  You won’t because you can’t so might as well complain on the internet,  TAKE THAT MUNDINE!  HA HA,  I wish I had millions of dollars…

    • fml says:

      11:06am | 31/01/13

      It’s all just part of boxing. Acting cocky before a fight places the fighter in the right mental state. I would say most boxers would be gracious after a fight, that is obviously not one of mundine’s traits.

      If the comment “I was robbed” was meant in the context that, he should have fought better, then fair play. If he was making comment to the professionalism of judges, then he deserves all the comments he receives.

      But it is boxing after all, I wouldn’t say the federations are squeaky clean, not making any judgements, just saying its part of the game.

    • PW says:

      11:44am | 31/01/13

      Mundine wasn’t no Laurie Daley, sure enough. He was more the Michael Jennings-Mark Gasnier type, dangerous as all get up if he got the ball in space but prone to fall asleep in games.

    • ramases says:

      12:04pm | 31/01/13

      The Mouth as he is affectionately known in these parts is just a waste of space and an embarrassment to one and all regardless of their colour. People who paid see that loser lose again must havea serious problem as it didnt matter if he was knocked out, lost on points or didnt turn up he still would have found some excuse to blame others for his own ineptness. As for Sonny Bill Williams standing up for him , what a joke,  he hasn’t really come up against a fighter yet just hasbeens who need a few bob to get by and will lay down for anyone.

    • DOB says:

      12:40pm | 31/01/13

      I met Mundine once in the Retravision store at Moore Park. God knows what he was doing there but I was looking for a fridge. This was about 5 or 6 years ago. Anyway, Im no fan of Mundine’s - because of his inability to stay within decent boundaries - but on this occassion he was charming. He drew a small crowd and he was friendly and humble; no big talking, no BS, just a nice guy. I was deeply impressed, which makes listening to all the public BS even more frustrating: who is the real Anthony Mundine? I have a suspicion if he dropped all the bigmouth stuff he’d have a far greater and more profound impact on the world - in my view too many young men have grown up and behave as if this type of talk and the behaviour it encourages is acceptable, when it most definitely is not.

    • Sharon says:

      12:51pm | 31/01/13

      Boxing is just inane blatant violence and shouldn’t even be classified as a “sport”. The AMA want it banned. Time to relegate it to the dark ages.

    • DFB says:

      01:35pm | 31/01/13

      No thanks Sharon, I enjoy boxing.

      You are free not to take part.

    • Modern Primitive says:

      02:08pm | 31/01/13

      The AMA are a bunch of killjoys.

      And what does it matter to you if two consenting adults want to punch each other?

    • Ben says:

      02:09pm | 31/01/13

      Evidently you don’t know anything about boxing. It is an extremely precise sport, hence the moniker ‘the sweet science’. If you don’t like it you don’t have to participate or let your kids watch it, but don’t try to ruin it for the rest of us.

    • Simoc says:

      04:46pm | 31/01/13

      DOB, I’de think you’de find the same with all the so called big mouths. Hype has always been over the top in boxing and Mundine plays it well. He wouldn’t give two hoots about the people who don’t know him personally, but likes a headline as does Shane Warne. He was miles to good for Danny Green ages ago and that was as good as it got for him. He has done ok for himself but not really a world class boxer. Just best in Oz until Geale came along.

    • Tanya says:

      12:51pm | 31/01/13

      It’s nice to read that he perhaps has some redeeming qualities however I disagree about his suitability as a role model to street kids or any kids. Whether he does or doesn’t have a different private persona, his public one; the one they’d draw on, would be unlikely to promote or foster any sort of gentility, tolerance, compassion, humility or good sportsmanship, the values that would ultimately serve them well.

    • Shelley says:

      01:05pm | 31/01/13

      Shame the other fella, didn’t knock some sense into the sorry loser. Pathetic human, with Little Man Syndrome.

    • Timmy the fence says:

      01:09pm | 31/01/13

      Apparently Mundine was robbed last night… on a side note I have a cheap plasma, some CDs, and some boxing paraphernalia I would like to unload if anyone is interested…

    • Ben C says:

      02:13pm | 31/01/13

      Any football gear amongst your collection?

    • Ryan says:

      01:18pm | 31/01/13

      How can you compare Ricky Ponting and Anthony Mundine in one article, one is a world class ex Australian captain and one is a 2 bit mouth who can’t handle a loss graciously.

    • Bonestar says:

      01:23pm | 31/01/13

      Mundine said Geale was an uncle Tom, I reckon that makes Mundine an Uncle Mohammed.

    • zoot says:

      01:26pm | 31/01/13

      I reckon, if Mundine contracted permanent laryngitis, we could warm to him??
      wink

    • "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE" says:

      01:41pm | 31/01/13

      Always had to have the good guy/bad guy,that is what sells,the bigger the hype the greater the attraction,and the money keeps rolling in!!! Just to add I don’t have a problem with Mundine not standing for the Anthem and Flag,I wouldn’t stand for theirs neither!!!

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      01:47pm | 31/01/13

      His public persona isn’t great and the things he says can be hurtful to people but its all to bring in the $ and make his fight front page news. How many people generally took an interest in boxing before Mundine? not too many I bet.

      Australia should be getting on people like Geale and Billy Dib now, that is Australia’s future in boxing going forward. Dib has a huge fight coming up in America.

    • Simmo says:

      02:08pm | 31/01/13

      Mundane Mundine.

    • Fed Up says:

      02:24pm | 31/01/13

      Wake up and smell the roses.
      This is pro boxing.
      It has nothing to do with sportsmanship.
      It has nothing to do with nationalism.
      It’s all about getting bums on seats and making money.
      You’re either the good guy or the bad guy…either way you suck in mindless fools who pay their hard earned cash to watch a boxer who at his best never came close to the prowess of his father….Tony Mundine.
      His attempt at spin to promote himself is unsophisticated and bland at best but for one who seems to be lacking the talent of a top pro boxer he seems to have the knack of turing a quid…kudos to him for that.

    • Toad says:

      02:32pm | 31/01/13

      In many years from now you will see “The Man” broke and laying in the street, angry and with no friends around him .... I don’t wish this on him or anyone but he will destroy himself due to his lack human dignity

    • jeff says:

      02:59pm | 31/01/13

      gee toad you are sad little “human” being

    • Sir Viv says:

      03:51pm | 31/01/13

      Mundine has played Australia for suckers, it’s amazing.

      He’s the only professional boxer in the history of the sport anywhere in the world to have all of his professional fights on PPV.

      This was only possible by the utter stupidity of the Australian sporting public who are one of the least boxing literate countries in the world (no Olympic gold medals in the sport for over 60 years. For a country that likes contact sports and ‘biff’ this is crazy) happy to pay $49.95 in the hope of seeing Mundine get sparked.

      Mundine hasn’t earned less than 750k for any of his fights. In fact, for his pro debut he was paid 760k. That’s more than a years footy salary for the top players.

      That Mundine has a net worth in excess of $30 million dollars without a single dollar of that being from a sponsor tells you everything about the psyche of the Aussie sports fan.

      You can either be a suburban blonde and sell your Olympic medals to help sell crack to little kids (Trickett + KFC/Casey + Subway) or you can become the devil and really get paid.

      It’s one of the great sporting hustles of our time. I have to take my hat off to Mundine for effectively proving that the Aussie sporting public is largely comprised of morons.

    • Ando says:

      05:11pm | 31/01/13

      The 5 bucks I chipped in was worth it. I enjoyed the good guy/bad guy show and Mundine was good for Aus boxing. His bad guy “act” was fairly harmless until his comments leading up to this fight that divided and hurt the very community he claims to champion and he should have ended with some humility . I supported him when I thought he was the best we had but swapped when the “Real Deal arrived”.

    • Swamp Thing says:

      04:39pm | 31/01/13

      Unpleasant little man (mundine). Physical, moral & intellectual ugliness in one compact wrapper.

    • King in the North says:

      05:28pm | 31/01/13

      I was really hoping for geale to knock him into next week, just to sit him down and shut him up. But as we all know, even if it had’ve been a complete ass whoopin he still woulda cried bias, racist etc etc.

      He really should just retire now, why risk more brain damage when you we’re only ever someone with a bit of potential in your prime.

    • Robinoz says:

      06:09pm | 31/01/13

      I’ve been waiting for someone to knock some of the arrogance out of Mundine for years, but one has to give him his due, he’s tough. Unfortunately, although he was beaten, it was hardly a flogging.

    • Rob Bradley says:

      06:17pm | 31/01/13

      Mundine is an oxygen thief with a chip the size of Ayers Rock on his shoulder.Fancy this retard comparing himself with Mohamed Ali.This moron wouldn’t be worthy of tying his shoe laces.Every time he opens his grubby gob he plants his feet firmly inside.What else would you expect this tool to say except that he was robbed?Time for this moron to fade into oblivion ,never to be heard from again.THIS IS WHERE THE MAJORITY OF AUSTRALIANS WANT HIM.THE MOST DESPISED,SELF ABSORBED SPORTSMAN (and I use that term loosely) in Australian sporting history.That is one title he can rightly claim

    • stephen says:

      06:53pm | 31/01/13

      Mundine’s too angry now.
      He’s lost respect for boxing, and every fight is for himself and revenge.

      I read once, months ago, that he doesn’t use a computer and doesn’t know how to.
      He should learn our modern ways, because as a fighter, he’s washed up, and now he’s even more bitter than before this last fight.

 

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