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Mundine 'held back' against Geale
Laine Clark
18:56 AEST Thu Feb 7 2013

Conspiracy theories have come thick and fast from Anthony Mundine after he was "robbed" in his IBF middleweight title fight with Daniel Geale.

But the controversial boxer still managed to come up with another on Thursday as he prepared for an "inevitable" re-match with Geale.

Never usually the bashful type, Mundine claimed he was only "at 50 per cent" against Geale - then refused to reveal the reason.

"I held back (against Geale) because I was travelling at 50 per cent," he said in Brisbane ahead of good mate Quade Cooper and Sonny Bill Williams' bouts on Friday night.

"I am not going to say the reasons for it.

"I am not going to make any excuses.

"I still thought I could have stopped him, though.

"But it is 1-1 now (against Geale) and it sets it up for a big No.3.

"It is inevitable. The people and the fans want it. And what they want, they get."

Even boxing stats couldn't sway Mundine on Thursday.

It has emerged statistics compiled from the recent fight showed Geale landed 208 punches from 690 thrown while Mundine landed 141 from 646.

"People who did the recent stats, they are not fans of mine so they are going to sway it in his favour - if you want the real stats, watch it yourself on mute," he said.

"Some judge it on effectiveness of the punches, the volume of punches - but I was in control.

"If I thought I had lost, I would have been a man and said 'you were the better man'.

"But look at my face, man. I felt him hit me twice in the third round. The rest were little pitter patter punches."

While sweating on a Geale re-match, Mundine said he would seek to host a "big name" fight in Australia.

But Danny Green should not be waiting by the phone.

"I could do it but for what," Mundine said of a Green re-match.

"I am not going to go up four divisions to fight a guy I have already beaten, just because he wants to earn money.

"He is out of the picture. Australian boxing is dead without me.

"My next opponent will be a shock to you. Stay tuned."


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