Anthony Mundine, 36, is a professional boxer and former rugby league footballer descended from the Wiradjuri/Bundjalung peoples. Here he reflects on how the Elouera-Tony Mundine Gym has had a positive effect on the local Indigenous youth of the Block in Redfern for the interactive documentary The Block: Stories from a Meeting Place.
He is a former two-time World Boxing Association Super Middleweight champion and a former International Boxing Organisation Middleweight champion. His professional boxing record stands at 46 fights, with four losses.
He is also a former NSW State of Origin representative footballer and has played for the St George Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos.
He is the son of legendary boxer Tony Mundine and a nephew of Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) CEO Mick Mundine.
The Block has played a significant role in his life. His father used to train boxers at the Elouera-Tony Mundine Gym, which is located on the Block and owned by the AHC. He spent time there as a young man and continues to train there, regularly sparring with Redfern’s aspiring young boxers.
Since it opened in 1984, the gym has produced numerous world-class boxers and has played a pivotal role in the lives of young locals.
In 2000, Anthony announced his decision to retire from professional football and move into the world of boxing at a press conference in the gym.
That same year, he was named the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Person of the Year. He also won a Deadly Award for Male Sportsperson of the Year in 2003, 2006 and 2007. Anthony currently lives in Hurstville and has five children.