REVEALED: Alan Jones never paid back for funding Anthony Mundine’s first fight
Legendary radio broadcaster Alan Jones has revealed he has never been paid after funding Anthony Mundine’s first professional fight as a Boxer.
It was shortly after Mundine walked out on a big-money deal with the St George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL.
Jones admitted that ‘The Man’s’ decision not to ask for money after walking out on his contract was a big reason behind his decision to fund the fight.
Working alongside Anthony’s father Tony and several colleagues – Jones organised everything from the venue to flights and accommodation to catering for the fight.
At the time, the fight against Kiwi Gerard Zohs in 2000 was the biggest Pay-Per-View fight in Australia.
Jones said he didn’t mind paying for the fight, but would like to have his bills paid.
“So at the end of the day I thought this is the biggest revenue of all time,” Jones said.
“I won’t say how much it was, but it wasn’t six figures, it went into seven figures.
“My bills have never been paid, so I was the unpaid promoter and funder of the first fight.
“It’s all very well that these people make big noises and give lessons to other people and become moral custodians and so on but sometimes…
“I’ve spoken to Anthony on many occasions – and call him a brother or comrade or whatever – but it’d be nice to pay the bills.”
Mundine will fight Jeff Horn in the River City Rumble on Friday evening at Suncorp Stadium.
The fight will be broadcast live on Macquarie Sports Radio from 10PM AEDT with Ray Hadley and Billy Dib to bring you all the coverage.
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