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The two boxers finally, after much anticipation, fought on , at Aussie Stadium, Sydney.
The bout was one of the most anticipated in Australian boxing history, and was thought to eclipse the attendance record of 37,000 when Jeff Fenech fought Azumah Nelson in their rematch in 1992.
That year he also assisted the Dragons' run to the Grand Final, with a hat-trick against the Sharks in the major semi-final.
The following week the Dragons lost to the Melbourne Storm in the 1999 NRL Grand Final during which and Mundine, playing at five-eighth knocked-on over the try line early in the second half, which proved to be a major turning point in the match.
In boxing he has held the WBA super-middleweight title twice, the IBO middleweight title, as well as the WBA interim, International and WBC Silver light-middleweight titles.On , Mundine faced then-undefeated International Boxing Organization middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0-0).Mundine won by split decision with two judges scoring it 116-113 and 114-113 in favour of Mundine, the third judge scoring 115-113 for Geale.Mundine was disappointed that further representative honours did not follow, and believed that his representative opportunities did not reflect his abilities and achievements at club level.He raised the issue of racism as the main explanation for this.