No excuse for Mundine antics, says former Cairns champion
FORMER boxing champion Ken Dalton was not surprised by Anthony Mundine's inglorious behaviour after his loss to world champion Daniel Geale in Sydney on Wednesday night.
The Redlynch fitness coach, who now trains boxers from his home gym, won four consecutive light heavyweight Queensland and Golden Gloves titles in his prime and was denied an Olympic Games berth in 2000 by Danny Green.
While labelling Geale's win as "cautious with minimal risk", Dalton said there was no doubt Geale was a deserved winner.
A unanimous points decision in favour of the Tasmanian Geale meant he retained his IBF middleweight world championship.
Two judges scored the fight 117-111 and the other 116-112, but Mundine refused to acknowledge it, storming out of the ring and later claiming he was the better fighter.
Dalton, who is regarded as one of the Far North's toughest fitness coaches, said Mundine's inability to admit defeat was inexcusable and bad for the sport.
"It's unsportsmanlike, but it is not surprising," he said.
"Mundine maybe won three or four rounds, but that's it. Geale conducted himself like a true champion, he could have said anything after all that Mundine has thrown at him, but he didn't."
Dalton said he was disappointed the fight panned out like it did, with neither boxer keen to take too many risks.
But he said Geale had done all he needed to, to again prove he was world class.
"I would have liked to have seen more flurries from Geale to really get on top, like how he fought against (Felix) Sturm in Germany," he said.
"It wasn't pretty, it was more like a chess game, but Geale did enough and you can't really ask for more than what he's done so far."
"Mundine though; he's got people talking about boxing, but only for negative reasons. I was at the casino watching the fight, and people just want to see him get knocked out. Geale is the true champion."
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Bad sport: Anthony Mundine takes a hit from Tasmanian Daniel Geale, who went on to claim the IBF middleweight world title fight in Sydney. Picture: MARK EVANS