A chip on the shoulder is actually a good characteristic for a boxer, since anger and violence is their stock in trade.
For Aussie boxer Anthony Mundine, that chip is his perception that he was denied an opportunity at the representative level of rugby league despite his obvious, in his mind at least and probably in the minds of some others, superiority to Laurie Daley and Brad Fittler.
Mundine, despite 116 games for the Saint George Illawarra Dragons and 11 with the Brisbane Broncos, retired from rugby league in 2000 after only being selected to three State of Origin games as a representative for the NSW Blues.
That slight served to motivate Mundine to two WBA boxing world titles in the super-middleweight division and is most likely add flames to the unquenchable fire inside him when he meets Perth-based Danny Green in February of 2017.
Mundine and Green fought in 2006, after years of inflammatory rhetoric being exchanged by the two men that resulted in the biggest Pay per View event in Australian television history.
The rematch on February 3, 2017 will take place at the Adelaide Oval. Mundine brings a 47 win – 7-loss record to the affair. Green has similar credentials, with 35 wins against five losses.