Mundine ready for Geale rematch

Patrick Caruana
August 26, 2009 - 6:59PM .

Anthony Mundine has promised a rematch with Daniel Geale, saying the Tasmanian fighter has already knocked back lucrative offers.

Mundine eked out a contentious split points win over Geale, who suffered the first loss of his professional career, in May.

The Geale camp fired in a protest, citing several factors including the alleged intimidation of a judge, and the International Boxing Organisation ordered another bout.

Last month, Geale doubted `The Man's' willingness to give him a rematch, but Mundine said on Wednesday it would definitely happen.

"He's gonna get his whippin', that's for sure," Mundine told reporters in Sydney.

"Sucker talkin' about fighting me, he always runnin'."

Mundine said Geale's asking price was too high.

"It's money issues with him," he said.

"Because I'm the cash cow, they want to get more than what they would get to the highest bidder out there.

"I'm offering double or triple their money, and they don't want to fight me."

Mundine also didn't rule out another bout with Danny Green, who takes on Roy Jones Jr in November.

"If Greeny has still got that cruiserweight after Roy Jones, he knows where I'm at," he said.

One of the sport's legends, Sugar Ray Leonard, was also in Sydney on Wednesday to help launch an Xbox boxing game.

He and Mundine took each other on in a virtual fight which, for the record, Leonard won in three rounds.

Leonard told reporters he rated Mundine alongside the greats of the 1980s like Tommy Hearns and Marvin Hagler.

"I fight those guys who I consider great and I've fought those guys, or those individuals, who I consider great," he said.

"Except one guy here I call `The Man'."

Leonard, who once battled drug addiction, had some advice for Australia's own troubled sports stars.

"If I said it was easy, I'd be lying," he said.

"I went down a dark road, without question, but thank God I had good people with me, I had people who didn't have an ulterior motive.

"It's not where you been, it's where you're going."

As seen in http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-sport/mundine-ready-for-geale-rematch-20090826-eznv.html

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