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01:45  03 december  2019
01:45  03 december  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Tony Mundine, John Wayne Parr are posing for a picture: Mundine with an emotional Parr after their fight on the Gold Coast.© AAP Mundine with an emotional Parr after their fight on the Gold Coast. Anthony Mundine says he'll "sail into the sunset" following his split points decision to John Wayne Parr, the fight he was hoping to win to make amends for his 96 second KO loss to Jeff Horn.

The 44-year-old was knocked out by Horn at Suncorp Stadium in November after less than two minutes in what was supposed to be his final professional fight.

Mundine said his return was all about ensuring the Horn defeat wasn't the final moment of his career.

"I'm too much of a fierce competitor, everyone knows if anyone beats me in something I want to get them straight back or sit there from dawn till dusk to beat them," Mundine told AAP.

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"I didn't want to hang them up on that note, you know what I mean?"

Considering Mundine's reaction to his loss to Horn, it's difficult to comprehend how the "fierce competitor" in 'The Man' would be coping with how his career fizzled over the past few years.

Mundine has done plenty in the world of sport and has every right to head into the next phase of his life with pride. The indigenous star has achieved so much in boxing and the NRL, while also providing for his family and future generations, which is a huge accomplishment in itself.

Yet it's questionable that someone who made so many huge predictions about conquering the US and who modeled himself on 'The Greatest', Muhammed Ali, would be at peace with how a career that reached some lofty heights finished with a whimper, and how his foray into the US boxing scene never really took off.

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Now Mundine faces his biggest foe, Danny Green, in a rematch that' s been 10 years in the making. When they last met, Mundine won the encounter in a shock decision, but this clash could be the defining fight of his career. It'll likely be characterised by The Man' s speed versus Green' s punching

Let's not get it twisted, Mundine more than held his own as a fighter, holding the WBA Super Middleweight crown twice, the IBF middleweight title and an interim super welterweight title throughout his 58-fight career.

a person in a boxing ring: John Wayne Parr defeated Anthony Mundine in a boxing match that is likely the last for the former NRL star.© Provided by Today John Wayne Parr defeated Anthony Mundine in a boxing match that is likely the last for the former NRL star.

Mundine's no dummy. While his biggest critics will discredit his gutter trash approach to promote a fight, the numbers don't lie. He is the first boxer in history to have had every one of his professional fights broadcast for television and has generated more PPVs than any other Australian boxer since he turned professional.

'Choc' was box office and somehow had an uncanny knack of uniting people through their disdain for him. Aussies loved to hate him and Mundine had no problem playing the villain.

When Mundine quit rugby league midway through 2000 and flew home from America to announce he was going to take up boxing, he held up a copy of Muhammad Ali's autobiography through the car window as he was driven away from Sydney airport.

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Mundine adds this wasn't the first time police had pulled him over on suspicion while driving an expensive car he'd "No, this is a legacy fight for me," Mundine insists. "I want to put this all to bed and then sail into the sunset. "One of those big ones that can get me up, and get a good pay out of it.

Tony Mundine et al. posing for the camera: Mundine announced his decision to take up boxing in 2000.© AAP Mundine announced his decision to take up boxing in 2000.

Mundine was reportedly inspired to take up boxing after being shown a video of Ali, also citing the racism inside rugby league as one of the catalysts for pushing him to leave the sport. He claims he was called a "black c---" by Canterbury's Barry Ward in 1996 and often called out his non-selection in representative teams because of racism.

Mundine bemoaned the fact that that players like Laurie Daley and Brad Fittler would get picked ahead of him by the establishment, despite the fact that in his opinion he outplayed them every time their teams met.

Like Ali, Mundine converted to Islam and was not afraid to dive into debate surrounding social protest. He spoke up about issues that weren't popular, even though sometimes he would be accused of confusing his message and offending others.

Like the time he said fellow indigenous boxer Daniel Geale, who hailed from Tasmania, did not deserve to sport the Aboriginal flag on his trunks because of his light skin, ahead of their fight in 2012.

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"I thought they wiped all the Aborigines from Tasmania out," Mundine said ahead of the fight, even attacking Geale for having "a white woman and white kids".

Ali preached against interracial relationships during his early years with the Nation of Islam. He said it was "unnatural" for blacks and whites to be together.

"In the jungle, lions are with lions and tigers with tigers and redbirds stay with redbirds and bluebirds with bluebirds," he said. "That's human nature, too, to be with your own kind."

Muhammad Ali with a racket: Ali in his famous fight against Liston in 1965.© Getty Ali in his famous fight against Liston in 1965.

During Ali's feud with Joe Frazier, he consistently taunted him mercilessly for being an 'Uncle Tom'.

"He's the other type Negro, he's not like me," Ali once told an interviewer.

"That's what I mean when I say Uncle Tom – I mean, he's a brother, one day he might be like me, but for now he works for the enemy."

Nothing exhibited Mundine's outspoken nature, and his desire to epitomise Ali's presence and controversial persona than when he spoke out about the 9/11 terror attacks in New York.

At the time, Mundine said: "They call it an act of terrorism, but if you can understand religion, and our way of life, it's not about terrorism. It's about fighting for God's law, and America's brought it upon themselves."

Mundine playing for the Dragons.© Getty Mundine playing for the Dragons.

Mundine followed Ali's blueprint on how to hold himself in the public sphere and arouse interest, yet he failed to gauge how the world would react and it cost him dearly. He was blacklisted by promoters in the US and only ever fought once in the mecca of boxing, against Bronco McKart in 2012, in a bout that received little to no interest in the host country as well as being heavily panned by critics back home.

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Unfortunately Mundine ’ s career decisions have left a lot to be desired, and his almost routine desire to take shortcuts to greatness has led to allegations of cowardice. Mundine ’ s past mistakes have culminated in him taking this fight against Geale out of desperation.

Still after the fight, Mundine proclaimed his excellence:

"I'm boxing's best kept secret," he said "I want [Saul] Alvarez, I want [Miguel] Cotto, I am on their level, easy."

While 'Choc' tried hard to emulate Ali at every turn, there's an obvious distinction between the two – Ali backed his talk up and fought the best time and time again, while Mundine mostly avoided tougher opponents overseas to carve out a lucrative career in Australia.

To his credit though, the former Dragons star's biggest fight came after only ten professional bouts, when he traveled to Germany to fight for his first world title against long reigning IBF Super Middleweight champion Sven Ottke in 2001.

Mundine v Green in 2006 is the biggest PPV boxing bout in Australian history.© Getty Mundine v Green in 2006 is the biggest PPV boxing bout in Australian history.

Despite being ahead on points in the 10th round, Mundine fell victim to a shot to the temple and was KO'd, with the super middleweight later saying fatigue was to blame for the knockout.

Mundine showed courage for taking the fight considering Ottke was eight years his senior and highly experienced, with 308 amateur fights prior to his professional career and had already made more title defences than Mundine had professional fights.

Just this year Ottke named Mundine as his finest opponent overall throughout his entire career.

"He was giving me the hardest time in the ring ... He was much better than we thought," Ottke said.

"Mundine had great tactics; he was very fluid. He had a strong mind and a good fighting attitude."

Mundine fought Shane Mosley in Sydney in 2013.© Getty Mundine fought Shane Mosley in Sydney in 2013.

Along with Ottke, he fought other notable names like Shane Mosley, Antwun Echols, Mikkel Kessler, Joshua Clottey and Sergei Rabchenko but his most famous and lucrative fights came against local rivals Danny Green, Geale and Sam Soliman.

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Mundine is not a true villain, of course. Those who know him swear by him, and behind the bluster and everything else is someone who has done There’ s a reason Daniel Geale and Jeff Horn both passed up international competition after some of the biggest wins of their careers to fight Mundine at home.

Green vs Mundine I in 2006 is the biggest selling fight in Australian PPV history, and that fight paved the way to even more financial success against Geale and Soliman. His rivalry with Green was a massive eye opener about the amount of money on offer in his own backyard against fighters he knew he could beat as opposed to trying to squeeze into the crowded US fight market, which had turned its back on him anyway.

Boxing is a business before anything else and the former Origin player was an expert at it. When a fighter takes on a heavily touted rival they not only risk their own health and reputation but their future earning power within the sport.

All boxers gamble with their lives and careers every time they step in the ring, that's why some of the best fighters have been accused of cherry-picking opponents. Floyd Mayweather has had a hugely profitable career doing exactly that, all while preserving a 50-0 record and making hundreds of millions of dollars.

Mundine in his loss to Jeff Horn in 2018.© AAP Mundine in his loss to Jeff Horn in 2018.

Having a father in the boxing game gave Mundine a unique perspective, knowing a boxing career needed to be handled with care and a huge deal of measure. Mundine understood his place within Australia's sports landscape and devised a plan to maximise his earnings by taking on fighters that he knew he could beat. And nobody can blame him for that.

Mundine can hold his head high knowing he's netted roughly $30 million from his boxing career, amassing a huge property portfolio in the process. He's well known for his generosity and helps his people.

But as he nears 50, it will be interesting to see how age humbles the former champion. Will he regret the lengths he went to in order to put bums on seats now that his career has come full circle?

The underlying issue is how Mundine feels about himself. Did he reach his own expectations?

Can he embrace the next chapter of his life without asking 'what if?' and all the anxiety that comes with that? The main concern for those close to him is to make sure he doesn't spend the rest of his days living inside his own head, wondering if the road he chose was the right one.

Some observers will point out that he never conquered the world of boxing like he said he would and others will underline the fact that his career was still hugely profitable without having to venture to the US.

Sure it's unfair to expect Mundine to replicate the accomplishments of the most influential and greatest athlete to ever exist, even though he tried to be Australia's version of Ali.

While some will view him as the greatest athlete in Australian history, it may take some time before mainstream Australia reveres him the same way the US did with Ali later on in life, if it ever happens at all.

What can't be denied though is how well he mastered Ali's recipe for creating a buzz through incessant trash talk. Perhaps legendary trainer Johnny Lewis said it best when summing up the ex-NRL star's legacy.

"You know, Anthony is a great athlete more than a great fighter," Lewis told Wide World of Sports.

"But I suppose if we're looking at what was his best asset, then it was his mouth."

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