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Mundine takes down Soliman in nine

 

March 08, 2007 12:23am

Article from: AAP

 

 

 

ANTHONY Mundine won his second WBA super middleweight title in sensational fashion, with a stunning ninth round stoppage of fellow Australian Sam Soliman at the Sydney Entertainment centre last night

 

Mundine put Soliman down once in the second and twice in the ninth round before South African referee Stanley Christodoulou intervened at the 2:26 mark of the ninth.

 

Fighting in front of a packed house of sporting and media celebrities, Mundine dominated with superior speed and power.

 

It was a decisive and impressive performance by the 31-year-old Sydneysider, who erased the doubts raised by his contentious split decision win over the same fighter five-and-a-half years ago.

 

Soliman showed great conditioning and courage to survive beyond the second round as he was stopped for the first time in his ten-year professional career.

 

The Victorian was competitive for the first five minutes before Mundine tilted the fight in his favour with a big right hand in the final minute of the second round.

 

A staggered Soliman was pushed to the canvas and then slipped to the floor in the third as Mundine went in for the kill.

 

The courageous but outgunned Soliman appeared to be working his way back into the bout in the fifth, but Mundine reasserted himself near the end of that round.

 

Soliman was wobbled late in the sixth as Mundine stuck his tongue out and talked to his battered opponent.

 

The game Victorian had his best round in the seventh as he landed a few more blows than his opponent.

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I fucking loved it when this cocky shit talking jerk beat Green with the whole country hating on him.

 

He's definately out of his fucking mind though. That whole rap thing...

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haha no shit

I remember that Danny Green match everyone thought he gonna get defeated but he whooped his ass good on him.

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so this is what black people are talking about when they say "the man is holding me back"

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This interview is classic!

 

 

Bestowing power on his people

November 13, 2004

 

 

 

Anthony Mundine may take his message to the stage and soapbox, but not before inspiring his peers from the ring, writes Jessica Halloran.

 

The Man admits he can't afford to lose his next fight. Can't afford to be laid on the canvas with his brain numb. Because if Anthony Mundine falls, his career will probably be over.

 

"I've worked hard for this fight, I've prepared for this fight as if it's my last, I can't afford to lose because it would take too long for me to get back to the position I am in," Mundine said quietly.

 

This morning Australian time, in a Copenhagen boxing ring, his next opponent, who he will fight for the WBA super-middleweight title, will be decided.

 

Will it be the lanky Puerto Rican power puncher and former professional volleyballer Manny Siaca, a man who's already beaten "the Man", taking Mundine's world title last May? Or will it be Dane Mikkel Kessler, whose alias is "Hitman"?

 

Mundine will be part of the crowd. He will be sitting close to the ring, taking in every move and punch. And he'll visualise climbing into the ring for his next win. "I really want it, my detractors motivate me, people that say I can't do it motivate me, and my own personal motivation is to become the best of the best and to do something only a few boxers have done - win back-to-back titles, to become a two-time world champion," he said. "To set up a foundation for the future."

 

 

As he spoke, his three-year-old son, Rahim, weaved in and out of his legs. At one point he bumped his head on the table and started wailing. Mundine gently touched it and said: "Why you being a sook for, man?"

 

His partner, Danielle, is pregnant with their fourth child. "Another boy." Would he encourage his children to box? "Yeah, whatever they want they want. They can play league, box, be a doctor, I'll support them."

 

Mundine supports not only his family but others whose lives have twisted the wrong way.

 

Mundine's 28-year-old cousin, a father of three, recently ran on a dangerous mix of drugs. The Department of Community Services took his children away. Mundine could see his cousin's life fading away, so he invited him into his home and said: "I'll help you out, I'll get you on your feet."

 

"He was on the yandi [drugs], he went a bit schizophrenic. When he first come in he was craving the yandi. I said, 'No, you are not getting it'. I laid the law down. If he wanted to go further I'd hit him up the ribs. I'd let him know I'm serious," said Mundine.

 

"He was going to go to jail for two years. But now he's with me, he's turned it around. He's doing periodic detention and he's back to the guy we knew before. I knew if I didn't help no one else would."

 

Nathan Brown, a former St George teammate and close friend, says Mundine has a "very, very kind heart". Last year Brown saw Mundine open up his Blakehurst home to his brother, Jason. "My brother had been in a bit of trouble with drugs," Brown said. "But Choc took him in. He hung out with him and his gang and set him straight."

 

Brown said it wasn't only his brother that Mundine had looked after. "He took in a kid from Redfern whose mum was a junkie," Brown said. "Choc doesn't promote this side of himself. I guess it's not going to sell tickets at his next bout.

 

"But he also doesn't have to promote this side of himself, he knows he's a nice person, a good person. People that know Anthony think the world of him."

 

He cares greatly about "his people" and, while he makes his dollars fighting, he reinforces his position as a role model.

 

"I'm fighting my people's plight, it just so happens I'm a boxer as well," Mundine said.

 

"This country was built on genocide. When they failed the next best thing was to brainwash people's minds, and push on their culture to us. It's unfortunate a lot of people don't have the mind, will and desire to turn things around. I want to give that back to my people, give them back pride and self-esteem.

 

"The system makes my people feel inferior to them. Makes us feel second-rate, that's what motivates me as an Aboriginal boy. Don't drink, don't smoke; I want to be a great role model for the children. I want to be the best athlete to come out of this country."

 

Mundine said he wants to become a politician but first he is going to release a "top-notch, bangin"' rap album. "I want to go into politics, long-term, later," Mundine said, staccato. "This is why my career is so important to be the best. To break boundaries no one ever thought possible.

 

"I'm working on an album at the moment. I'm rappin'. I'm collaborating with a lot of artists and it's going to be a top notch, bangin' album. R'n'B, hip-hop, that's another outlet I can use to tell my story."

 

But right now Mundine's fight is to be "da best" boxer. Mundine's athleticism has always been seen as his strength but sometimes he's been too soft in the ring. He admits he has been too passive. "Maybe in certain fights I've lacked the aggression that I normally have, but my last two fights I've been really good ...

 

"[but] it's about control, it's not about being wild. You've got to throw the punches technically right, you've got to make sure it's an effective aggression."

 

He takes a moment to gather an analogy. "Like a lion - once they get the neck they are not going to back off, you know?"

 

Mundine, 29, is not backing off any time soon. He says he won't go back to league - "too small, I'm looking for the world" - and insists that he will fight until he's 35.

 

"I'm looking to show my talents in the States, in the mecca of boxing. I will let the people know about my story there and become a worldwide name. I want to fight until I'm 35, then I could have a big surprise for a lot of people."

 

Give us a hint? "It's a surprise, I can't tell ya."

 

 

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i want him to relece a rap song, choppa style.

that would be a box office hit.

singles n shit.

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I'm pretty sure he already did release that album, no body cared.

 

Yeah I watched it on Foxtel. I was a dope fight!

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My mate in this photo told me he would beat Danny Green after he sparred with them both at stages before their fight.

Apparently he reckons the Man is cool, whereas Danny Green is a silver spoon fucktard who doesn't want to know ya. So even though I hate the egotistical idiot that is 'the Man' I was supporting him in that fight.

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