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Green beats Mundine in boxing grudge bout

AAP logoAAP 3/02/2017
Australian boxers Anthony Mundine and Danny Green speak after their cruiserweight bout at Adelaide Oval. © Morne de Klerk/Getty Images/Getty Images Australian boxers Anthony Mundine and Danny Green speak after their cruiserweight bout at Adelaide Oval.

Danny Green says his triumph over arch rival Anthony Mundine has nothing to do with revenge, or race.

Green won a split points decision in a desperately tight encounter at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

The three judges scored in Green's favour 94-94; 96-94 and 98-90, reversing the result of their 2006 fight won by Mundine.

"It's nothing to do with revenge," Green said.

"I want to say to Australia this has nothing to do with black and white.

"This is a fight. It's sport. It has nothing to do with colour."

Green paid tribute to Mundine after a bout both boxers thought they had won at the final bell.

"That just feels so good," Green said.

"I'm an old man but I gave it my best.

"I want to pay special tribute, I want everyone here to raise their hand and clap - I don't care what you think, but for putting on a show for all you guys and for being one of the best athletes in the country - a hand clap for Anthony Mundine now please."

Green capitalised on his weight advantage of up to four kilograms against Mundine, his strength countering Mundine's trademark speed in a largely even stoush.

Whether Mundine made good on his pledge to refuse to stand for the national anthem before the bout was unknown as both fighters remained in their dressing rooms while Advance Australia Fair was sung.

Within 90 seconds of the fight getting underway, Green crumbled from a cheap shot from Mundine, who cracked him in the jaw when his rival wasn't looking as the referee attempted to break the fighters.

Green was dazed and examined by the ringside doctor before the fight continued - both fighters traded equal blows in the initial four rounds, none overly damaging though Green did land two telling uppercuts.

Mundine, in his first fight since November 2015 and subsequent hip surgery, clipped Green with a sweet right in the fifth but there was little to split the ageing boxers.

Mundine struck with two powerful rights in the seventh round, during which Green was penalised for continued use of his elbow.

Green started the eighth strongly but also received a brief flurry from Mundine when on the ropes and the ninth and 10th were also desperately tight rounds.

Both fighters will pocket up to $10 million each from the bout between the four-time world champion Green and three-time world champion Mundine.

And while both are past their prime, the end to their bitter rivalry was watched by the second-largest pay-per-view television audience reported in Australia - eclipsed only by their stoush 11 years ago.

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