after Danny Green brought boxing to
its knees, Anthony Mundine moves in
for the killer blow.
Australian fight fans continue to be
asked to buy in to these fight
farces, which in terms of
credibility are one small step up
from the fight fix, is anyone's
fans left the game for good last
week, no longer able to muster the
enthusiasm for another sting in the
pocket like the Green-Briggs fight
afford it any more?
If I want
to give my money away in the future,
it won't be on a sham fight on Main
I can get a
lot better ride with my $50 at
Randwick. Even if I opt to find it
with a blindfold and a loose toss of
a dart in the general direction of
the bookie's stand.
last at least a minute there, twice
as long as last week's farce, and
even if your $50 does finish in the
bookie's bag you can still marvel at
the brilliance of a So You Think or
Green have broken faith with the
people they need most. The fans.
ones who dip into their pocket,
often with money they can ill
afford, to pay another $50 for a
fight that isn't a fight. The
undercards are often as bad.
was pulled out of rehab _ yes, rehab
_ to fight Green after just 11
rounds in four years.
all that was expected of him. He
lasted a few rounds and then he took
the count on his knee to end it in
was disappointed but, don't worry,
Green promised he would make it up
to them in his next fight. Enter
Briggs was pronounced DOA, Green
said Briggs "dogged it" and wouldn't
be paid. Yet when asked by a Channel
7 reporter if he would give the
money back, Green _ who has that
right as the promoter _ ducked the
when the reporter asked it again. So
who keeps Briggs' purse?
promoter? Who is Green.
be surprised if Green retires now.
How many more times can he put the
hard hat on and mine our pockets?
Who else is left?
been paying for it for some time,
with his pay-per-view fights not
attracting anywhere near the
subscriptions they once did.
it's better than real work, right?
With each fight he still earns more
than the average NRL first grader so
he is happy to continue on his way
for less bruises than he'd suffer
against the Rabbitohs.
then _ after the larceny in Perth _
Mundine took just five days to come
out and announce his next fight will
be against Ryan Waters, a small
slugger from Caringbah currently
ranked, according to respected
website boxrec, fourth among
Australia's junior middleweights.
tell me he is ranked No.7 in the
WBA. I don't pay attention to
official bodies because just a quick
Google search will show a rich
history of rankings being bought.
Mundine-Waters fight was organised
weeks ago. Its announcement was held
back so it wouldn't have to compete
with media space designated to
stormed the ring after Mundine beat
Carlos Jerez, they had already
basically agreedon terms. Boxing
people I know swear to me that when
Waters fronted Mundine, he whispered
to him "I'm gonna push you" moments
before he shoved Waters away for
having the temerity to challenge
is taking on Australia's No.4, two
fights after saying he struggled to
find the motivation for these kind
of fights, as he had then against
Robert Medley _ who is Australia's
buy this Mundine-Waters fight with
fight fans need a ratings system to
identify the genuine fights from the
one-sided contests we are being
asked to fork out for now.
further adieu, call it a public
with your money. They should be
wearing a mask to even ask for the
subscription. Only if you find the
money down the back of the lounge.
on a quiet day.
can't get to the pub to watch it,
promise the wife a night out if she
lets you watch just this one.
from kids' college fund if you have
to, the wife won't find out it until
it's too late. Mundine-Waters is a
one star fight.
be hard pressed to win a round, and
Mundine should stop him. If he can
find the motivation missing against
Medley. The tragedy of this is the
people who will pay the price for
the actions of the Greens and
Mundines will be the young Aussie
fighters trying now to break
Will Tomlinson, one of the most
promising fighters in the land and
about to make it big, convince a
gun-shy Australian public when the
time comes that they should take a
chance on him given the current
and a whole generation of fighters
are about to pay that price.