$1m bid to stage Green title bout

$1m bid to stage Green title bout: 24th December 2003 (Credit AAP)

Entrepreneur Glenn Wheatley is prepared to take on overseas promoters to stage a $1 million showdown between Danny Green and Anthony Mundine, Australia's two world super-middleweight boxing champions.

Wheatley yesterday received approval from Green's trainer Jeff Fenech to stage what would arguably be the biggest fight in Australian boxing history.

Fenech returned from Canada yesterday after his charge's sixth-round stoppage of Canadian Eric Lucas in last weekend's World Boxing Council interim super-middleweight title bout in Montreal.

Wheatley, who promoted Kosta Tszyu's world title fight in Melbourne last January, last night indicated he was prepared to match a $1 million offer from Canadian promoters InterBox, who staged the Green-Lucas showdown.

"I've got a mandate from Jeff (Fenech) to try and put this fight together," Wheatley said. "My initial preference is for Sydney because it is a Sydney-centric fight.

"I discussed the possibility of this with Khoder Nasser (Mundine's manager) several months ago but the time is right now, especially if (WBC champion) Markus Beyer is thinking twice about getting back into the ring with Danny.

"This fight has got to be here in Australia."

Wheatley would formally put his offer to Mundine, the World Boxing Association super middleweight champion.

Fenech revealed international promoters and television networks were clamouring for Green's services in the aftermath of the win over Lucas.

Fenech said American promoters and television networks had already been on the phone expressing interest in Green with connections of American network HBO among the potential suitors.

Green returned to Sydney yesterday with the WBC super-middleweight interim title belt.

He then criticised the Mundine camp after Tony Mundine made disparaging remarks about his fight.

Tony Mundine, who trains and promotes his son, the current World Boxing Association super-middleweight champion, claimed Lucas had "dogged" the fight, which he claimed was a "set-up" and a "hollow victory".

"Eric Lucas has gone 12 rounds with Roy Jones, the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and he doesn't dog it against anyone and if anyone is going to be an expert on dogging it and quitting, Tony Mundine is probably one to go by," Green said at Sydney airport.

"His son is the same and has once again agreed to fight me, but everyone knows that he will never fight me".

He said Mundine should return to rugby league as he would "knock him out cold" if they ever did fight.

"The whole of Australia wants to see it, but he's the only one that won't give it to us and it's just a shame that Australia is going to miss out on such a great spectacle and it's all because he is a chicken."



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