Anthony Mundine tips Tim Tszyu and George Kambosos Junior to become world champions

Still the Man: Former St George Dragons star and three-time boxing world champion Anthony Mundine believes Tim Tszyu and George Kambosos Junior have the ability to fight for world titles. Picture: Chris Lane
Still the Man: Former St George Dragons star and three-time boxing world champion Anthony Mundine believes Tim Tszyu and George Kambosos Junior have the ability to fight for world titles. Picture: Chris Lane

Anthony Mundine believes there is no reason why Tim Tszyu and George Kambosos Junior can’t fight for world titles in the near future.

Mundine, a three-time world champion, has plans for a third fight against his nemesis Danny Green after his controversial points loss in Adelaide in February.

And the 42-year-old has also not shelved plans to return to the NRL next year, a comeback which would make him the oldest player to ever play the game at the top level in Australia.

Rockdale’s Tszyu, 22, already has a professional record of 5-0 with four knock outs and will take on fellow undefeated fighter Nathan Webber in Toowoomba on July 22.

Kambosos, 23, is Australia’s No.1 ranked lightweight with an unblemished 12-0 record. The Sylvania boxer is expected to make the jump to fighting in the US before the end of the year.

And Mundine told the Leader he believes the pair have what it takes.

Anthony Mundine on his way to a win over boxing legend Shane Mosley in 2013. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Anthony Mundine on his way to a win over boxing legend Shane Mosley in 2013. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

“I like Kambosos and Timmy Tszyu. I love them both. They’ve both got great talent. They’ve got great dedication and great belief in themselves. That’s all it takes to become a champion,” he said.

“They’ve got to be brought along right. Take the right fights at the right time. Eventually they’ll get a shot.”

The former St George Dragons star is still bitter about his defeat to Green but convinced his boxing career isn’t over yet.

After being sidelined for 18 months with a hip injury, Mundine returned to the ring for the fight with Green and said he wanted to complete the trilogy of bouts between the pair.

“I thought I got robbed in that last fight against Green. Everyone knows that I won. He knows that I won. I would like to get that third fight but we’ll see what happens,” Mundine said.

“I don’t think he wants it. I just think next time I’ll be better for the run. I was off for a-year-and-a-half with the hip surgery and only just came back. I was on the couch for six months and I still won.

Anthony Mundine scores a try for the Dragons against North Sydney at WIN Stadium. Picture: FDC

Anthony Mundine scores a try for the Dragons against North Sydney at WIN Stadium. Picture: FDC

“If I fight him again I will stop him. I will definitely hurt him. He knows that.

“I’ve beat him twice but records are going to show otherwise. But the people know, they saw it. I just want to really rectify the wrong that was done to me but in a way that there’s no other outcome but a knock out. I believe I can stop him.”

As for his league endeavours, Mundine said getting his body right was the main focus.

“I really believe in the way I’m feeling and the way my body is feeling if I really want to do it I can do it,” he said. 

“It’s no problem. I’ve just got to work hard and get myself right.”

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