Their bitter professional rivalry has stretched over 17 years, culminating in an explosive boxing match last February.
And Danny Green delved into his feud with Anthony Mundine on Thursday, claiming his old enemy would ‘disrespect’ him and refuse to ‘acknowledge’ his career.
Speaking after Mundine’s emotional exit from I’m A Celebrity, Danny admitted he was ‘frustrated’ by the father-of-five’s behaviour towards him over the years.
Oh dear: Danny Green delved into his feud with Anthony Mundine on Thursday, claiming his old enemy would ‘disrespect’ him and refuse to ‘acknowledge’ his career
Danny said: ‘We’ve been going on for 17 years. A long time. First time I saw him in the flesh is when we touched gloves. Boom, boom… We were supposed to have the rematch for 10 years.
‘He had this dream of conquering America. I told them if I waited 10 years I would be too old. It is not the time for me and my family and kids.
‘They have watched me do what I wanted to do. They have been so supportive. It is time for them.’
The 44-year-old Perth native added: ‘I have always had respect for Chocka. I always got down and at him when he would disrespect me in order to – and I know he respects me, I know he does. We have got a lot of respect for each other. He said that.
Rivalry: Speaking after Mundine’s emotional exit from I’m A Celebrity, Danny admitted he was ‘frustrated’ by the dad-of-five’s behaviour towards him over the years (pictured during their last fight in February – which Green won)
‘It frustrates me and what I have done and he doesn’t acknowledge what I have done because I believe my career. And without him being there my career probably wouldn’t have been as successful and fulfilling and lucrative. The same for him. I don’t hate the guy.’
He continued: ‘I have said that probably 100 times in talks around the country in the last 15 years. If you needed a hand he would give you the T-shirt off his back.
‘Hopefully he has shown a different side and achieved what he wanted out of coming here.’
In his emotional leaving speech, Anthony again expressed hopes for a boxing rematch, saying: ‘I want the rivalry to go until there is no chance.
Respect: Danny also admitted that their incessant rivalry benefited both of their boxing careers
Honest: ‘Without him being there my career probably wouldn’t have been as successful and fulfilling and lucrative. The same for him. I don’t hate the guy,’ he said
‘He might say there is no chance, but there might be a chance. Our third and final and then we can be partners after that.’
Mundine has long been fighting for there to be a third and final match to settle their rivalry.
They have fought twice in a little over a decade, earning some of the highest television pay-per-views of any boxing fight.
In 2006, it was Anthony who claimed the top position and, over 10 years later, Danny took back first place with a controversial win in 2017.
Danny blasted Anthony’s hopes for a rematch however, telling his campers: ‘He’s got to let it go. Mate, you got to let it go. It ain’t never gonna happen.’
Not having it: Danny also quashed Anthony’s hopes for a third and final boxing match to setlle the score after Danny won their last meeting, saying Mundine needed to ‘let it go’