WA boxing champion Danny Green has thrown out the challenge to Anthony Mundine for a rematch in a stinging open letter to his bitter rival.
Green called on Mundine to jump a weight level for a future bout as well as savaging the NSW fighter's credibility in the wake of the fiasco of the failed battle with American Shane Mosley last month.
Mundine defeated Green in their only bout in 2006 but the Perth favourite had to compete at super middleweight, which he believed sapped him of strength. The fight was determined by a unanimous points decision.
"I’m an easy fight for you Anthony. You’ve said it many times. I am without question the biggest financial opportunity you will ever face ... unless, of course, (Floyd) Mayweather agrees to face a rival unable to sell even 300 tickets," Green wrote in News Ltd papers.
"I didn’t write this to get a reaction from you. No, I wrote this in reply to YOUR challenge — again.
"Quite simply Choc, you are not the fighter you preach to be. You are a great athlete. Your father was an awesome fighter.
"But you are good, at best.
"You had a chance many years ago to test your ability against better fighters, but didn’t.
"So while I could never fight again and be proud of my career, you continually say you’ll rematch me. Okay, but please don’t use weight differences as an issue.
"You come up a bit, I come down a bit. Easy. You called it. You got the balls?"
But Green, who hasn't fought in 12 months following his win over Kiwi Shane Cameron, also called into question Mundine's credibility and disputed his self-proclaimed popularity around the country.
The quadruple world champion, who prefers to fight at cruiserweight, said his reputation had grown since their bout seven years ago while Mundine had become a circus act who had tarnished the image of Australian boxing.
Mundine became embroiled in more controversy last month when Mosley walked out on their fight amid a dispute over non-payment.
"Mate, a few days ago you stated that 'I'm not on your level'. And for once, I agree. I'm not on your level ... I'm way above, in a different class," Green wrote.
"Over the years you’ve made plenty of inflammatory comments too. Always around fight time. Always to make a dollar — no matter how much it hurts or divides the community.
"You, meanwhile, are a walking headline. You call out the world’s best fighter, Floyd Mayweather, yet dodge a purse bid with Austin Trout — the world champion whose belt could’ve got you there.
"You claimed you wanted bigger names than Trout, then fought a guy called Bronco McKart — selling less than 300 tickets in Las Vegas.
"We cannot deny you aim very high, if in reality shoot real low.
"Given you’ve promoted 45 of 49 fights, you know what’s required to make such fights happen. You knew Shane Mosley was disgruntled; could’ve stepped in and guaranteed his purse with the wealth you’ve accumulated.
"So don’t blame the promoter please. Financially, he was out of his depth. Yet you’ve ensured fights go ahead with deals in change room toilet blocks minutes before they took place."So why didn’t you step in against Mosley? We both know you could have."