It’s been 11 years in the making and on Friday Night at the Adelaide Oval, the bell will ring for the re-match of one of the biggest sporting feuds ever seen on Australian soil.
There are no titles on the line and Anthony Mundine and Danny Green are both north of 40 and well past their of their best, but after a decade of niggling one another about getting back in the ring, Australian boxing’s greatest grudge match is back on centre stage.
Mundine won the first bout in Sydney in May 2006, prevailing in a unanimous points decision, as the pair met in the middle in terms of weight, with the fight held under super middleweight conditions.
This time they will fight in the light heavyweight range (83kg), which is seven kilos higher than when they fought the first time. This should give the Green the edge over his bitter rival and the betting market reflects that, Green is a $1.45 (-222) favourite to turn the tables on Mundine, who’s at $2.75. (+175).
History will also be made in Melbourne on Friday night when the first-ever AFL Women’s game will be played between Carlton and Collingwood. AFL W features eight teams playing across six weeks ahead of the men’s AFL season which starts in late March.
Thursday and Sunday will see the completion of the one-day international cricket series between New Zealand and Australia with games in Napier and Hamilton.
Australia lost the first game in dramatic circumstances and amazingly, Australia are $1.87 (-115) favourites for the second match, with the hosts at $1.93 (-108). In series betting, the Kiwis are $1.33 (-303)_with the Aussies at $3.25 (+225).
Also in New Zealand, the traditional pre-season NRL warm-up, the Auckland Nines will be staged with bookies having a hard time sorting out a favourite.
The event features al 16 NRL teams playing multiple 18-minute matches across the two days. The Warriors, Cowboys and Broncos are battling for favouritism.
Round 18 of the A-League kicks off on Friday with the top of the table Sydney FC heading to Brisbane to play the fourth-placed Roar. On Saturday night, the third, and most important Melbourne derby of the season takes place between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City, with Victory favourites.
There is also summer racing at Caulfield and Randwick with the quality racing on both cards.