Boxers trade 'cultured' blows outside ring
ANTHONY MUNDINE says he respects Tasmania's world WBA and IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale ... as a boxer.
But judging by the comments Mundine made at yesterday's launch of the pair's fight scheduled for January, he has little respect for the fact that Geale doesn't promote his Aboriginal heritage the way 'The Man' thinks he should.
When asked what he thought about the fact that Geale wore an Aboriginal flag on his trunks in the ring, Mundine said: "I thought they wiped all the Aborigines from Tasmania out".
"He's got a white woman, he's got white kids. I keep it real, all day every day. "That's all I know ... I don't know, I don't see him representing black people, or coloured people. I don't see him in the communities, I don't see him doing the things I do to people, and fighting for the people. But he's his own man."
Geale shot back that he was proud of his heritage.
"I have a lot of respect for the Aboriginal people. My heritage is down in Tasmania. I've done a fair bit of research. I love my heritage, and I'm proud to show that," Geale said. "If anyone tries to tell me that I've got no right to do that, then something bad will happen. Trust me."
The pair have met once before in the ring, Mundine winning a controversial split points decision in Brisbane in 2009