Anthony Mundine (born 21 May 1975) is an Indigenous Australian boxer and former rugby league player. He is a former two-time WBA Super Middleweight champion. Mundine was trained by his father, Tony Mundine, who was a middleweight contender during the 1970s.
Mundine has had a stormy relationship with the 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. He has also won The Deadlys Award as Male Sportsperson of the Year in 2003, 2006 and 2007 amongst others.
In 1994, he represented the Junior Kangaroos, the team that beat Great Britain under-19's in the curtain-raiser to the Australia v. France Test at Parramatta Stadium.
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..
In 1997 he played 18 games for the Broncos, scoring three tries. He also played in his first winning Grand Final team, beating the Cronulla Sharks. In 1998, after turning his back on the Broncos, he returned to the Dragons. The following year he assisted the Dragons' run to the Grand Final, with a hat-trick against the Sharks in the Major Semi-Final. The following week the Dragons lost to the Melbourne Storm in the Grand Final. Ironically he missed a try that would have won the Dragons the title.
Mundine 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 opportunities did not reflect his abilities and achievements at club level. He raised the issue of racism as a possible explanation for this.
Anthony Mundine left rugby league half way through the 2000 season, after being persuaded to take on the world of boxing by a good friend of his fathers, known only by his ring name 'Ak', a heavyweight champion in Tripoli, Lebanon in the 1960s.
Since the WBA and IBF super middleweight titles had been unified by Sven Ottke, Ottke was upgraded to 'super' champion status by the and the WBA super middleweight title was declared vacant (see championship unification). Mundine went on to claim the vacant WBA Super Middleweight title, at this time effectively an interim title, with a unanimous points decision over Antwun Echols on 3 September 2003, in front of his home crowd at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. He successfully defended his title once, before losing it in a hesitant performance and split points decision against Manny Siaca.
The two boxers finally, after much anticipation, fought on 17 May 2006, at Aussie Stadium, Sydney. The bout was one of the most anticipated in Australian boxing history, and was thought to eclipse the attendance record of 37,000 when Jeff Fenech fought Azumah Nelson in their rematch in 1992. Green became the slight favourite about 2 hours before the bout. Mundine won convicingly by outboxing his opponent over the 12 rounds. The bout was scored as follows: Judge Michael Lee 116-113, Judge Pinij Prayadsub 118-111, Judge Derek Milham 118-112.
On 7 March 2007 Mundine secured the WBA Super Middleweight title with a decisive 9th round TKO win over Sam Soliman. Again, the title was effectively an interim title and had been vacated when Mikkel Kessler was upgraded to super champion status by unifying the WBA and WBC titles. Mundine dominated throughout the entire match, knocking Soliman down once in round 2 and three times in the ninth round. Mundine defended his WBA Super Middleweight belt with a points decision on 27 June against Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas (17-1-1) of Argentina on the Gold Coast. Mundine hurt his right biceps in the 2nd round of the fight.
In early-August 2007, Mundine was hospitalised with an eye infection caused by a dirty contact lens, which he had earlier tried to clean with his mouth. The infection blinded him in his left eye, and was told that he was unlikely to regain full vision. He was released from hospital on 15 August, 2007, stating that vision in his left eye is still blurry.
After Mundine recovered from the injured biceps and eye infection, he went on to retain his WBA Super Middleweight title with a 4th round TKO over Argentine Jose Alberto Clavero. On the 27th of February, Mundine had his third title defence against fellow Australian Nader Hamdan and won a 12 round unanimous decision to retain his WBA Super Middleweight World title. The scores were 117-111, 120-108, and 119-109. Again Mundine defended his WBA world title against Sam Soliman, scores being 116-112, 116-112, 117-112. Mundine relinquished his WBA Super Middle-weight title to avoid fighting his mandatory challenger Mikkel Kessler in May 2008.
"I really feel that it's not our problem. They call it an act of terrorism but if you understand the religion and our way of life it's not about terrorism, it's about fighting for God's laws and America's brought it upon themselves [for] what they've done in history and so on. Mundine's stance attracted some vocal critics at the time.
|7/30/2008||Win||Crazy Kim||Decision (Unanimous)||10||Newcastle, NSW, Australia||>-|
|5/28/2008||Win||Sam Soliman||Decision (Unanimous)||12||Melbourne, VIC, Australia||Defended WBA Super Middleweight Championship|
|2/27/2008||Win||Nader Hamdan||Decision (Unanimous)||12||Sydney, NSW, Australia||>-|
|12/10/2007||Win||Jose Alberto Clavero||Knockout||4||2:14||Sydney, NSW, Australia||Defended WBA Super Middleweight Championship|
|6/27/2007||Win||Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas||Decision (Unanimous)||12||3:00||Broad Beach, QLD, Australia||Defended WBA Super Middleweight Championship|
|3/7/2007||Win||Sam Soliman||Knockout||9||2:26||Sydney, NSW, Australia||Won WBA Super Middleweight Championship|
|11/15/2006||Win||Ruben Eduardo||Knockout||4||1:41||Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|5/17/2006||Win||Danny Green||decision (unanimous)||12||3:00||Sydney, NSW, Australia||WBA Super Middleweight Championship Eliminator|
|12/11/2005||Win||Rico Chong Nee||Technical Knockout||3||3:00||Perth, WA, Australia|
|9/7/2005||Win||Rashid Matumla||Technical Knockout||6||0:36||Canberra, ACT, Australia|
|6/8/2005||Loss||Mikkel Kessler||Unanimous Decision||12||3:00||Entertainment Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Lost WBA super middleweight title|
|2/2/2005||Win||Darmel Castillo||Technical Knockout||4||2:31||Broadbeach, QLD, Australia|
|10/13/2004||Win||Juarne Dowling||Technical Knockout||3||2:19||Carrara, QLD, Australia|
|9/8/2004||Win||Sean Sullivan||Technical Knockout||10||0:47||Liverpool, NSW, Australia|
|5/5/2004||Loss||Manny Siaca||Decision (Split)||12||3:00||Sydney, NSW, Australia||Lost WBA Super Middleweight Championship|
|1/19/2004||Win||Yoshinori Nishizawa||Technical Knockout||5||0:43||Wollongong, NSW, Australia||Defended WBA Super Middleweight Championship|
|9/3/2003||Win||Antwun Echols||Decision (Unanimous)||12||3:00||Sydney, NSW, Australia||Won WBA Super Middleweight Championship|
|3/17/2003||Win||Rogerio Cacciatore||Technical Knockout||1||?||Carrara, QLD, Australia|
|2/1/2003||Win||Sean Sullivan||Decision (Unanimous)||12||3:00||Suckland, New Zealand||Defended WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title, Defended WBA Pan African Super Middleweight Title, Defended PABA Super Middleweight Title|
|11/2/2002||Win||Rick Thornberry||Technical Knockout||11||?||Carrara, QLD, Australia||Won WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title, Defended WBA Pan African Super Middleweight Title, Defended PABA Super Middleweight Title|
|9/2/2002||Win||Soon Botes||Knockout||3||?||Liverpool, NSW, Australia||Won WBA Pan African Super Middleweight Championship, Defended PABA Super Middleweight Championship|
|7/15/2002||Win||Lester Ellis||Technical Knockout||3||2:04||Melbourne, VIC, Australia|
|6/3/2002||Win||Darren Obah||Technical Knockout||6||?||Liverpool, NSW, Australia||Defended PABA Super Middleweight Championship|
|4/1/2002||Win||Roland Francis||Technical Knockout||8||?||Carrara, QLD, Australia||Won PABA Super Middleweight Championship|
|3/4/2002||Win||Brad Mayo||Decision (Unanimous)||10||3:00||Townsville, QLD, Australia|
|12/1/2001||Loss||Sven Ottke||Knockout||10||?||Arena Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Lost IBF Pan Pacific Super Middleweight Championship, For IBF super middleweight title|
|10/20/2001||Win||Guy Waters||Knockout||2||?||Sydney, NSW, Australia||Defended IBF Pan Pacific Super Middleweight Championship|
|9/3/2001||Win||Sam Soliman||Decision (Split)||12||3:00||Wollongong, NSW, Australia||Won IBF Pan Pacific Super Middleweight Championship|
|7/10/2001||Win||Kevin Pompey||Technical Knockout||3||0:57||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|6/18/2001||Win||Mike Makata||Technical Knockout||5||?||Liverpool, NSW, Australia||Defended PABA Super Middleweight Championship|
|4/16/2001||Win||Timo Masua||Knockout||3||?||Carrara, QLD, Australia||Won PABA Super Middleweight Championship|
|2/19/2001||Win||Marc Bargero||Technical Knockout||6||?||Gosford, NSW, Australia||Won Australian Super Middleweight Championship|
|12/11/2000||Win||Ian McLeod||Technical Knockout||9||?||Wollongong, NSW, Australia||Fight Stopped On Cut|
|10/30/2000||Win||Heath Stenton||Decision (Unanimous)||8||3:00||Melbourne, VIC, Australia|
|9/4/2000||Win||Nik Taumafai||Technical Knockout||6||?||Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|7/3/2000||Win||Gerrard Zohs||Knockout||4||?||Sydney, NSW, Australia||Professional Boxing Debut|