Boxing: In just two weeks Anthony Mundine will attempt to do what most people think is impossible . Overcome a massive weight difference to beat Danny Green in the final fight of his career.
Anthony Mundine jetted into Adelaide on Monday afternoon feeling “great” ahead of his showdown with longtime rival Danny Green at Adelaide Oval on February 3.
With just 11 days to go until the pair square off — Mundine’s first fight since November 2015 — the 41-year-old arrived early to put the finishing touches on his training camp.
“It’s going to be a great fight, it’s a big step what I’m doing, it’s never been done,” Mundine said at Adelaide Airport.
“All the variables are in his (Green’s) favour because of the weight.
“People don’t understand fighters don’t give away two kilos, three kilos.
“I’m coming up four weight divisions, not one, not two, but four.
“But I still believe in my power and my ability, my skill and I think that I can do it again.”
With no place to train yet, Mundine said he expects to sort out a base camp, likely to be in the city, before the end of the week.
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“I didn’t know whether I was going to stay a week or two weeks before the fight,” he said.
“I’ve decided to come down for the two weeks.
“I sparred a couple of times this week, I’ve got one guy who’s coming with me and I’ll probably get a local guy while I’m here.”
In 2006 Mundine and Green clashed at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium in front of more than 30,000 fight fans.
Mundine was too slick for ‘The Green Machine’, using speed and his jab to beat the 43-year-old Perth brawler by unanimous decision.
That fight, which took place at 76.2kg, was Green’s last in the super middleweight division before he moved up to light heavyweight (79.38kg), and then eventually cruiserweight (90.72kg).
But in the sequel Mundine has taken a huge risk agreeing to fight Green at an 83kg catchweight.
“I’m around 79kg, 80kg, I still want to come in a be explosive,” Mundine said.
Green is expected to cut weight to make the 83kg cap, meaning he is likely to weigh closer to 90kg when he enters the ring next Friday night.
But even the weight advantage isn’t enough to worry Mundine, who is finely moving freely after hip surgery in England last year.
Said to cost $30,000, Mundine needed the procedure to preserve his hip bone.
“Yeah it’s way better, I can move, I can move laterally on both sides,” he said.
In his last fight Mundine lost the WBC Silver super-welterweight (69.85kg) title to Charles Hatley. The American won by TKO in Round 11.
Green walks into Adelaide Oval with form, coming off a unanimous decision win over Kane Watts in August, securing the vacant Australian cruiserweight title.