Anthony Mundine Won't Stand For Anthem At Fight
Anthony Mundine says he won't stand for the national anthem before his rematch against rival Danny Green, saying it's racist.
"It's a racist anthem and doesn't represent our people. It's disrespectful to our people," the controversial boxer told News Corp Australia on Monday.
He's called on singer Jessica Mauboy to not go ahead with singing the anthem at the Friday bout in Adelaide because "it's not for our people. They are just using her because she is black."
“First and foremost I want to focus on the fight,” he said. “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.”
It's believed the broadcasters of the event may avoid any potential controversy by playing the anthem prior to both Mundine and Green entering the ring.