Anthony Mundine continues to ask for fights he knows he will not get. At the same time he continues to refuse fights he knows he will not win.
And that’s the point.
There is absolutely no incentive for Golovkin to accept the fight. He has knocked out 30 of the 33 fighters he has faced and beaten the other three on points. He destroyed Daniel Geale last year in three rounds of absolute carnage; plus he once offered Mundine a fight – which Mundine turned down!
Granted, the offer from Golovkin was when the young Kazahk was still making his way into the sport.
“He (Mundine) wanted the fight to take place in Australia, under their television (rights) and under his terms; and even after I accepted those terms, it was still the same thing – he refused to take the fight,” said Golovkin.
Golovkin has since rocketed to the very pinnacle of the sport; while Mundine has continued to attract doubts and suspicions about his own fighting pedigree.
In similar news promoters for junior middleweight title-holder Demetrius Andrade claim Mundine is refusing to fight him. Andrade (21-0) had offered Mundine a fight, with both camps negotiating to meet in Australia in August.
“We agreed to terms with Mundine’s promoter, but we’ve heard nothing back since then,” said Andrade. “Mundine calls out Mayweather, but he won’t take a legitimate WBO world title fight at 154 pounds in his own country? Same old story I guess. Everybody wants something until they have a chance to really get it.
“I don’t understand. We offered this guy a chance to win the championship of the world, in his home country, and he looked for a way out instead? What kind of fighter is he? Any real fighter would do anything for that kind of opportunity.”
Mundine’s camp responded with the following statement:” The simple facts remain – we haven’t accepted the terms given by Team Andrade, which lock Mundine into three fights and low dollars.
“At this stage of Anthony’s career we feel we are being smart. We have to be calculated, as every deal we enter affects his legacy. And deals which detract from this strategy are bad deals for Mundine.”
Mundine’s legacy is already written – He’ll be remembered as a fighter who was more elusive outside the ring than in it.