"The Man" Mundine (born 21 May 1975) is
a boxer and former Australian rugby league player.
Mundine was trained by his father, Tony Mundine, who
was a middleweight contender during the 1970s.
has had a stormy relationship with the popular media.
His conversion to Islam in 1999, self-promotion and
outspoken opinions have created a love-hate relationship
with the Australian public. He was named the Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Person of the Year in 2000.
is featured on beatboxer Joel Turner's single "Knock
U Out" which peaked in the top 20 of the Australian
ARIAnet singles chart in 2005.
played junior rugby league for Hurstville United before
signing with the St. George Dragons in 1993. He played
in the 1993 Grand Final, which the Dragons lost to
his future team, the Brisbane Broncos. In 1996 he
played in another losing Grand Final, this time against
the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. At the end of that
season he announced that he was signing with the Brisbane
Broncos in the Super League competition.
1997 he played 18 games for the Broncos, scoring 3
tries. He also played in his first winning Grand Final
team, beating the Cronulla Sharks. In 1998 he returned
to the Dragons, and remained there until his retirement
from rugby league at the end of the 2000 season.
was selected to play for New South Wales in 1999 in
each of the three matches in the State of Origin series.
He was disappointed that further representative honours
did not follow, and believed that his representative
career did not reflect his abilities and achievements
at club level. He raised the issue of racism as a
possible explanation for this. He played in his last
Grand Final in 1999, losing to the Melbourne Storm.
the end of the 2000 season, he rejected a record rugby
league offer of $600,000 in order to pursue a career
in boxing. In early 2005, he announced he was to make
a return to rugby league, but has yet to do so.
fought his first professional boxing match in 2000,
at the age of 25. He went on to claim the vacant WBA
Super Middleweight title with a unanimous points decision
over Antwun Echols on the September 3, 2003, in front
of his home crowd at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
He successfully defended his title once, before losing
it to Manny Siaca in a split decision.
failed in his attempt to re-gain the WBA super middleweight
title after losing by decision to Mikkel Kessler on
August 6, 2005 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Despite the loss, many people believe that his bout
against Kessler was the best he had fought. Mundine's
list of past fights and opponents has also been a
subject of criticism, citing that he and his managers
tend to choose sub-par and/or older fighters to take
into the ring, who have only very modest fight records
and little or no popularity.
biggest Australian rival is the Perth-based Danny
Green. The two boxers will finally fight on May 17,
2006, at Aussie Stadium, Sydney. The bout is one of
the most anticipated in Australian boxing history,
and may even eclipse the attendance record of 37,000
when Jeff Fenech fought Azumah Nelson in their rematch
this Thursday, November 1* 2007
**Sydney** Entertainment Centre*
via Gate F*
"The Man" Mundine will hold a media
conference at 11am this
Thursday, November 1 at the Sydney Entertainment
Centre to announce the
next bout in his World Title defence.
WBA Super Middleweight champion will also discuss
training for the upcoming fight and his recent
medical problems following an
infection in his left eye.
to the Mundine fight at the Sydney Entertainment
available from Monday, November 5 through Ticketmaster.
entry to the press conference is via Gate F of
Entertainment Centre (Southern Plaza).*
*Senior Publicist - FOXTEL*
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