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Mundine still undecided on NRL return

By Steve Jancetic and Laine Clark 29/04/2005 05:23:43 AM Comments (0)

It seems nobody knows boxer Anthony Mundine's rugby league comeback plans - not even The Man himself.

Mundine's manager Khoder Nasser poured water over his charge's latest claim that he would only return to the NRL this year.

Mundine first indicated he wanted to juggle an NRL career with boxing after his WBA super middleweight world title bout with Denmark's Mikkel Kessler.

But confusion surrounded his rugby league future after the fight was postponed for "four to eight weeks" by a back injury to Kessler.

The uncertainty didn't change with Nasser admitting Mundine was "under pressure" and could change his mind about returning to the NRL only in 2005.

Nasser said Mundine made the latest comments under the strain of his father Tony's calls for him to stick with boxing.

"I wouldn't read too much into that comment," Nasser said.

"He's said a lot of things. There's a lot of pressure at the moment, if you saw the report on television the other night with (Mundine's father) Tony going off.

"There's a lot of pressure on him from the boxing side and the way his Dad's viewing things."

Mundine senior said he would talk to his son after the postponed bout with Kessler, "to see if he wants to go my way or his way".

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