IF THERE was a
world title awarded for sycophancy, boxing "commentator" and Anthony
Mundine lackey Barry Michael would be the undefeated champion.
That is the opinion of fight fans fed up with Michael's one-sided and
servile commentary whenever he appears on Fox at a Mundine bout.
The former IBF super featherweight world champ clearly knows his
relevance and earning capacity go hand in hand with Mundine's success in
But although Michael's bias is nothing new - he has been doing it for
years - his fawning and prejudice reached a new low during Wednesday
night's bout between his paymaster and Daniel Geale.
"I couldn't believe the commentator continually kept awarding Mundine
the points on his scorecard. All I could see was that Geale was kicking
his ass and could barely see what Mundine was getting points for," one
fight fan wrote.
And he wasn't alone in his opinion with thousands of viewers in pubs
and clubs across the nation puzzled by Michael's unofficial scorecard,
which was inexplicably awash with 10-9 rounds awarded to Mundine when
Geale clearly had the upper hand.
It wasn't just what was said during the broadcast, but what wasn't
said that infuriated viewers who were hoping for a fair, unbiased
When Geale connected with his shots, the Main Event commentary team
members were deafening in their silence. But when Mundine laid even the
barest hint of leather on his opponent, there were roars from Michael
and his cohorts, who struggled to find superlatives to do justice to The
Man's awesome skills.
Fellow commentator Andy Raymond, at least, tried to bring some
semblance of balance to the broadcast - even at one stage suggesting
Geale was entitled to feel "robbed" if the judges awarded the fight to
But he should be careful.
It was only recently that Main Event team member Paul Briggs was
shunted from the line-up and banished from Mundine's fights. His crime?
Tipping Danny Green would beat Mundine if the re-match between the pair
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