Mundine agrees to rematch
(by Peter Kogoy - theaustralian.news.com.au)
08/27/2009 - 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 MARCH 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 MARCH, 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'."