Boxer Anthony Mundine before a press conference at his Redfern gym in Sydney, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Mundine says he's considering a future in politics after calling for a boycott of the Australian national anthem at this weekend's AFL and NRL grand finals.
Boxer Anthony Mundine before a press conference at his Redfern gym in Sydney, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Mundine says he's considering a future in politics after calling for a boycott of the Australian national anthem at this weekend's AFL and NRL grand finals. AAP Image - Mick Tsikas

Mundine will refuse to acknowledge the national anthem

ANTHONY Mundine is refusing to acknowledge the national anthem at his upcoming fight with Danny Green.

He's told the Daily Telegraph he plans to boycott the anthem before the fight on Friday night.

He says he'll "have no choice but to take a seat" when fellow indigenous singer Jessica Mauboy sings the anthem. 

He'll be boycotting in front of 30,000 fans at Adelaide Oval and a record television audience.

"It's a racist anthem and doesn't represent our people," Mundine told the Telegraph.

"It's disrespectful to our people. And this is close to my heart. I like Jessica but it's not for our people. They are just using her because she is black."

Organisers are looking for a way to avoid an embarrassing moment or booing and are likely to play the anthem before either of the fighters enter the ring, according to one official.

 "First and foremost I want to focus on the fight," Munding told the Telegraph.

"I'm not trying to divide people or be controversial but you've asked the question and I'm answering it honestly to tell people where I stand. We're not young and free.

"My people are still being oppressed. Nothing's changed ... the anthem isn't right. It's not for all of Australia. I just can't stand up for something I don't believe in."

Danny Green says he is looking forward to "punishing" his arch rival.

He says it's not so much a case of personal animosity but of professional pride.

"We've had a rivalry for 16 years. I don't think there's ever been a rivalry like this in Australian boxing and that's the motivation behind me wanting to win and win big," he said from his training base in Melbourne.

"I'm 43 now so this will probably be my last fight ever so what a way to go out with a big win over Anthony Mundine on Adelaide Oval, one of the most iconic sports stadiums in Australia.

"Boxing is my profession and I'm looking forward to punishing him. He can talk about his speed and skills but I know I will hit him eventually and it'll feel like a hammer in the face.

"Stopping Choc (Mundine) inside the distance would be very satisfying but I'm not buying into the fact that I'm a heavy favourite ($1.44 with UBET). I have a great respect for all my opponents, especially against a man who has already beaten me. He is a fierce competitor and a world-class fighter.

"It's not going to be an easy contest but I'm the better fighter. I've beaten better fighters than him, I'm tougher than him and I've got a better chin. I'm stronger and I punch harder."

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