No more mundane Aussie fighters for Mundine
(by Phil Lutton) March 31, 2009
Anthony Mundine says his May 27 fight with Daniel "The Real Deal" Geale in Brisbane could be his last bout on Australian shores.
Mundine, the two-time world super middleweight champion, will meet Tasmania's low profile but undefeated Geale at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, where Geale will put his IBO middleweight belt on the line.
Mundine is after more lucrative targets, hinting a bout with America's WBO and WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik is on the cards should he beat Geale.
If that fight comes to fruition, or a possible match-up with Germany's WBA champion Felix Sturm, it could be the last appearance in the squared circle for Mundine on Australian soil.
"It's going to be a historic night. This might be my last fight in Australia. Because after this, there is nothing but big fish to fry," Mundine said.
"After I win this title, all I want is champions. I don't want to be messing around with no contenders.
"Daniel is a good little fighter, great amateur background. But I'm the best. I'm the man.
"I'm not going to under prepare. He's not undefeated for nothing. But me at my best, not Geale, not Sturm, not any of them can match it with me."
Geale looked unflappable at the press conference, saying he is a fighter on the up and has the tools to derail Mundine's quest for international glory.
"It's time to step it up. This is the fight where I'll show what I can do. This is my time," Geale, 28, said.
"He is a great fighter. We can just wait and see."
Geale's speed and right-hand have impressed many but boxing insiders told brisbanetimes.com.au this morning that he will need to step up in class to eclipse Mundine, who's last win came over Shannan Taylor in MARCH.