At Aussie Stadium in Sydney, Anthony Mundine cruised to a comfortable points decision against Danny Green on Wednesday night in an all-Australian super middleweight grudge match which failed to live up to expectations. With the victory "The Man" secures the WBA number one ranking.
After a good first round for Green, Mundine’s blinding hand speed and defensive wizardry took over as he gradually shut Green out of the contest. From round nine onwards, Danny absorbed considerable punishment but showed great heart and an iron jaw to remain on his feet.
After an even first four rounds, highlighted by the grinding body shots of Green and a couple of nice right hands landed by Anthony, it was evident that "The Green Machine" would have trouble tagging Mundine flush. Employing the shoulder roll of Roy Jones Jr, he frustrated the slower Green by taking the sting out of his heavy shots and countering extremely well when his
opponent was exposed.
The judges scorecards revealed a unanimous decision victory to Mundine by scores of 118-112, 116-113 and 118-111.
After the fight, the two men embraced in centre ring and the bad blood that preceded the contest was forgotten.
Mundine was pleased with his vicory: "He takes a great shot. I hit him a couple of times, he hit me a couple of timesâ€¦ that’s boxing. I respect Dan."
A bitterly disappointed Green paid tribute to his conqueror, "Full credit to Anthony, he was the better man tonight. I have no excuses."