FEBRUARY 3, 2017 BY SIMON ROBERTS
It’s been almost 11 years since Australian boxing veterans Anthony Mundine and Danny Green met and much to the disappointment of the public, the rematch did not take place while both fighters were at the peak of their powers. In their first fight, which was held at the then Aussie Stadium (now known as Allianz) Mundine won by unanimous decision but all the fight did was divide opinion even further as to who is the better boxer.
Neither Green nor Mundine will be in ideal condition but Mundine is particularly disadvantaged by the fact he has had to add considerable bulk to his slender frame from his last fight (70kg). In a weird twist, there seems to be little personal resentment between both fighters but don’t expect anything to be left out of the ring when they clash on Friday night!
Anthony Mundine remains one of the most divisive figures in Australian sport. His protest against standing or acknowledging Australia's national anthem has angered many punters and despite having three world championships under his belt, 'The Man' starts as a rank outsider against the man he beat in their first bout 11 years ago.
The 1997 Brisbane Broncos premiership centre switched from rugby league to boxing in 2000 and has carved out one of the most remarkable careers in his time on the daunting world boxing stage.
Mundine's father Tony was an Aussie boxer in his prime and is a huge reason why Anthony elected to quit St George Illawarra Dragons to make his own mark in one of the most brutal arenas.
Danny Green began his career with 16 straight victories and made a name for himself as one of Australia's best pound-for-pound fighters early on his career.
Despite Mundine claiming to have made the Green name famous, the fact is that the 'Green Machine' has had a legend of his own for more than 15 years.
The highlight of the WA fighter's career came back in 2010 when the fearsome cruiserweight champion disposed of one of boxing's elite in under a minute with a flurry of brutal blows to the head of Roy Jones Jr. Green remains the outright (and well-backed) favourite with UBET to beat Mundine despite losing his last fight against 'The Man' way back in 2006.