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Saturday, 10 November 2018

The truth about this Mundine picture


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So polarising is Anthony Mundine, that this picture became a piece of memorabilia after his world title fight against German Sven Ottke.

It was Round 10 of their IBF super-middleweight world title fight in Dortmund, December 1, 2001. A sweetly-timed right to the temple and it was lights out for Mundine, who suffered his first defeat.

Mundine was in just his 11th fight after converting from rugby league and although he'd beaten hard heads like Marc Bargero, Sam Soliman and Guy Waters, this was a massive step up.

Yet before the KO, Mundine was clearly winning the fight. And now, we know what an amazing impression he made on Ottke, who retired as an undefeated world champion with an extraordinary 21 title defences (albeit having dodged the likes of Joe Calzaghe).

"Sven Ottke gave an interview toThe Ring earlier this year," Mundine wrote in a column for PlayersVoice.

"They asked Ottke to name the toughest fight of his career. He said it was the one against me. He said I was the fastest, smartest, most skillful fighter he ever came up against with the best footwork, the best jab and the best defence.

"I was still playing for the Dragons the year before we fought!

"Ottke had more successful title defences than I’d had fights – professional and amateur combined – when we met. Looking back, I was out of mind taking that fight at the time I did. And I didn’t make it any easier for myself once I got to Germany. I didn’t do any sparring over there beforehand. Nothing. I was stubborn. No sparring, no road runs. I had these new training methods and I was determined to see them through. I guess I learned the hard way."

Mundine is not exaggerating. Ottke indeed gave him a resounding endorsement as a world class fighter.

In The Ring's story, titled 'The Best I Faced', Ottke singled out Mundine on every one of the points that the Indigenous Australian mentioned, naming him his finest opponent overall.

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

"He was a very smart boxer. It was like a chess match when we fought. It was close until the last punch.

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

"It was my toughest fight in my whole career, until the knockout."

They are words that will come as a surprise to Mundine's many detractors; a reminder that he was a wonderful fighter in his prime, whether you liked him or not.

Mundine, now 43, will score one last payday when he fights his fellow former world champion, Jeff Horn, at Suncorp Stadium on November 30. 'Choc' intends to retire after the fight, which will be the 57th professional bout of his career.

So polarising is Anthony Mundine, that this picture became a piece of memorabilia after his world title fight against German Sven Ottke.

It was Round 10 of their IBF super-middleweight world title fight in Dortmund, December 1, 2001. A sweetly-timed right to the temple and it was lights out for Mundine, who suffered his first defeat.

Mundine was in just his 11th fight after converting from rugby league and although he'd beaten hard heads like Marc Bargero, Sam Soliman and Guy Waters, this was a massive step up.

Yet before the KO, Mundine was clearly winning the fight. And now, we know what an amazing impression he made on Ottke, who retired as an undefeated world champion with an extraordinary 21 title defences (albeit having dodged the likes of Joe Calzaghe).

"Sven Ottke gave an interview toThe Ring earlier this year," Mundine wrote in a column for PlayersVoice.

"They asked Ottke to name the toughest fight of his career. He said it was the one against me. He said I was the fastest, smartest, most skillful fighter he ever came up against with the best footwork, the best jab and the best defence.

"I was still playing for the Dragons the year before we fought!

"Ottke had more successful title defences than I’d had fights – professional and amateur combined – when we met. Looking back, I was out of mind taking that fight at the time I did. And I didn’t make it any easier for myself once I got to Germany. I didn’t do any sparring over there beforehand. Nothing. I was stubborn. No sparring, no road runs. I had these new training methods and I was determined to see them through. I guess I learned the hard way."

Mundine is not exaggerating. Ottke indeed gave him a resounding endorsement as a world class fighter.

In The Ring's story, titled 'The Best I Faced', Ottke singled out Mundine on every one of the points that the Indigenous Australian mentioned, naming him his finest opponent overall.

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

"He was a very smart boxer. It was like a chess match when we fought. It was close until the last punch.

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

"It was my toughest fight in my whole career, until the knockout."

They are words that will come as a surprise to Mundine's many detractors; a reminder that he was a wonderful fighter in his prime, whether you liked him or not.

Mundine, now 43, will score one last payday when he fights his fellow former world champion, Jeff Horn, at Suncorp Stadium on November 30. 'Choc' intends to retire after the fight, which will be the 57th professional bout of his career.

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