Mundine slams champ as all hype ‘white boy’
ANTHONY Mundine claims rival Jeff Horn is only Australian boxing's latest superstar because he is caucasian, while also calling on the government to change Australia Day from January 26.
The fighter said he and fellow indigenous Australians continue to suffer from years of systematic discrimination, including what he believes is undeserved praise for world champion Horn's achievements in the ring.
"He's only the flavour of the month because he is a white boy, just like Danny Green was the white boy," Mundine told the Daily Telegraph.
"You've just got to look at society - whites get privileges.
"I don't care if you're white, black, brown, whatever, it's your heart that makes you.
"But in the western society, whites get privileges, and because Horn is white, he gets all that attention and media coverage.
"I had to talk shit and then back it up for years, since I was playing footy. That was the only way for me to get noticed.
"They've never given me my just dues because I'm a man of colour."
Mundine, who is hoping to fight Horn this year, said politicians who supported Australia Day remaining on January 26 were aware of the mental distress it causes to indigenous people. And that's why they wouldn't change it.
"We need to have a day that celebrates the Australia we have today, not a date that brings up a dark past," he said.
"They could change it, but they want to keep it on that date because they know it still affects the indigenous people of this land.
"They tried to conduct genocide on our entire race, on that day, and they're celebrating that like it's party time."
Ordinarily Mundine's provocative comments could be explained away as his attempts to get attention and sell his fight against Tommy Browne at The Star casino tonight.
But for the first time in his career, Mundine's fight will not be on pay-per-view and is free to watch for anyone with a Foxtel subscription.
"This goes beyond sport, I want change for the better, for my children and their children," Mundine said.
"There are a lot of white people who understand the Aboriginal plight and how oppressed we've been.
"But there are others who don't see anything wrong, and you've got to remember that we weren't classed as citizens until the mid-1970s.
"But that mentality still exists in society today. It is embedded and stamped into their psyche, from their fathers and forefathers, and they think there is nothing wrong with it, they become immune to the injustice and it's sad when that happens.''
Last night, Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton said Mundine's comments were "just wrong'', adding: "We won't get drawn in on this racism''.