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Mundine to cop bush punishment

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TONY Mundine plans to push son Anthony to his absolute limit at a two-week bush-training camp in preparation for the biggest fight in Australian boxing history.

After this week's much-publicised father-son spat, it was the clearest sign yet that Mundine Sr was back in charge of Team Mundine for the super-middleweight elimination fight against Danny Green on May 17.

After mending the family feud late on Thursday night, Team Mundine which includes legendary American trainer Roy Jones Sr travelled to Baryulgil, an Aboriginal community near Grafton on NSW's north coast.

Mundine Jr began a strict daily regime yesterday, consisting of a traditional bush tucker diet and three punishing workouts.

"For a week-and-a-half it's going to be real tough, the toughest training camp Anthony has ever experienced," Mundine Sr said. "I'm going to push him right to the limit and work his physical limits out.

"It will test him mentally, for sure. Then I'll bring him down over the last few days. We'll taper right down and freshen him up."

After admitting that he had put his dad through a week of turmoil and mental stress by thinking he knew best, Mundine Jr said it would be good to go bush.

"I'm really looking forward to getting away and getting my mental aspect right," he said.

"As long as that's right, I'll be fine because I know I'll do the physical work.

"It'll be good to get away from all the distractions that come with city life.

"You're in a comfort zone with where you're at. You train here, you live here in Sydney and go through a routine every day.

"I need to break that routine, and deal with the mental affects and adjust to the different situations that present."

Mundine Jr was confident he could more than physically match Green in the ring, but had tremendous respect for his opponent's mental strength.

"Mikkel Kessler (who retained the world title last year on a points decision against Mundine) is a better fighter, but I think Danny is mentally stronger as a boxer," Mundine Jr said.

"I know I'm going to have to match his mental strength, if not beat it."

Although the bragging rights that go to the victor on fight night are huge, the winner of the Mundine-Green fight will also get a shot at claiming the world super-middleweight belt.

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