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Mundine wants Ferguson to box

Blake Ferguson (l) with Anthony Mundine

Wayward Canberra NRL star Blake Ferguson is being cajoled into trying his hand at boxing by Anthony Mundine, who continues to urge him to meet the Raiders board later this week.
Mundine wants Ferguson to box
by AAP

By Adrian Warren

SYDNEY, Sept 4 AAP - Wayward Canberra NRL star Blake Ferguson is being cajoled into trying his hand at boxing by Anthony Mundine, who continues to urge him to meet the Raiders board later this week.

The match-winning back could have his contract terminated if he doesn't front the board on Friday.

Even if that doesn't happen, 23-year-old Ferguson could still leave the club as his contract contains a get-out clause if coach David Furner was sacked, which occurred last month.

Ferguson was alongside friend and mentor Mundine in Sydney today, but bizarrely the Raiders star didn't want to speak and let Mundine do all the talking.

Former NRL star and multi-title winning boxer Mundine reiterated he wanted Ferguson to meet the Raiders board out of respect for Canberra CEO Don Furner.

"I've got a lot of time and a lot of respect for Don and David Furner and I know that Blake has to," Mundine told AAP.

"I want to try and push him to do it, but he just wants to be alone at the moment and just wants to get his head right."

Mundine said Ferguson had personal issues to resolve that he didn't want to make public.

Ferguson is fighting an indecent assault charge and is due to appear in the Moss Vale Local Court on October 21 on various driving charges.

Mundine said he wasn't concerned about Ferguson's behaviour and backed him to succeed when he returned to the field.

"I know he's a good kid, he's a good boy," Mundine said.

"He's got all the talent in the world and he will bounce back.

"That's why he's going to take some time off, rebuild, see where he's at and basically have the biggest year of his life next year.

"I truly believe if NSW have Blake Ferguson, they beat Queensland, that's what type of player Blake is."

He revealed he was trying to coax Ferguson into making his boxing debut on the undercard of his fight against former multi-world title winner Shane Mosley on October 23.

"Boxing forces you to be disciplined, it forces you to be dedicated, so that's something that will be great for him," Mundine said.

"He will be in a great environment, a great space.

"The time he was with me, we did a few sessions and he can throw them.

"He's got a bit of talent."

Asked if he wanted to box, Ferguson turned to Mundine, who said: "we'll see what happens" with the footballer immediately repeating the words in his only comment.

Questioned about a potential opponent for Ferguson, who would be a heavyweight fighter, Mundine joked "maybe Josh Dugan", referring to Ferguson's friend and NSW Origin fullback, who was sacked by the Raiders earlier this year following a string of off-field incidents.




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