Mundine went on to question Geale’s right to wear the Aboriginal flag in the ring.

“You people don’t realise how resilient I am, I see what you’re trying to do, the media, the white press, you want me to be the bad boy, I’ll be the bad boy,” said Mundine.

“I thought they wiped all Aborigines from Tasmania out, that’s all I know.

“I don’t see him representing us black people, or coloured people. I don’t see him out in the communities doing what I do with people.

“He’s got a white woman, white kids,” said Mundine.

The comments are sure to anger Geale’s camp and have caused a landslide of derision on social media, with many labelling Mundine’s rant “racist”.

Responding to the comment, a cool Geale said: “I’ve shown the Aboriginal flag on my trunks for a lot of my fights, I am very proud of my heritage from down in Tasmania.

“It’s stupid what he says, but that’s the role he plays and that’s why most people these days, when he starts off with his rants, they switch off. I know I switch off.

“A lot of people wanted me to take this fight because they’re sick of him, they want his career to be finished and they want him to stop saying stupid things.”

It’s not the first time Mundine has courted controversy after he previously claimed said of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York: “They call it an act of terrorism, but if you can understand religion, and our way of life, it’s not about terrorism. It’s about fighting for God’s law, and America’s brought it upon themselves”.

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