Anthony Mundine is brushed by Paul Fleming ahead of his fight with Tyson Lantry in Newcastle

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Anthony Mundine gets polished by Paul Fleming ahead of his fight with Tyson Lantry – before the hunter pays tribute to the cross-code star as his inspiration

  • Anthony Mundine appeared to have been brushed for the fight by boxer Paul Fleming
  • Mundine tried to hug the 32-year-old fighter before the fight on Wednesday
  • Fleming would instead thank Mundine after the fight for being his inspiration

Anthony Mundine appeared to have been brushed by rising star Paul Fleming at his entrance to the ring on the undercard for Tim Tszyu’s blockbuster fight.

Mundine, who was in the crowd for the sold-out event in Newcastle on Wednesday night, tried to hug Fleming as he walked to the ring with an entourage of native dancers.

Fleming won the fight impressively and would eventually thank Mundine who he described as his ‘inspiration’ and the ‘reason he started boxing’.

Anthony Mundine appeared to have been brushed by rising star Paul Fleming at his entrance to the ring on the undercard for Tim Tszyu's blockbuster fight

Anthony Mundine appeared to have been brushed by rising star Paul Fleming at his entrance to the ring on the undercard for Tim Tszyu’s blockbuster fight

Mundine, who was in the crowd for the sold-out event in Newcastle on Wednesday night, tried to hug Fleming as he walked to the ring.

Mundine, who was in the crowd for the sold-out event in Newcastle on Wednesday night, tried to hug Fleming as he walked to the ring.

Mundine, who was in the crowd on Wednesday night for the sold-out event in Newcastle, tried to hug Fleming as he walked to the ring.

Fleming won the fight impressively and would eventually thank Mundine who he described as his 'inspiration' and the 'reason he started boxing'

Fleming won the fight impressively and would eventually thank Mundine who he described as his 'inspiration' and the 'reason he started boxing'

Fleming won the fight impressively and would eventually thank Mundine who he described as his ‘inspiration’ and the ‘reason he started boxing’

Fleming won his fight against local favorite Tyson Lantry with a dominant showing where Lantry’s team threw in the towel despite his opponent struggling with a hand injury he sustained in the fight.

Legendary boxer Jeff Fenech described his performance as ‘good as a performance I’ve seen from someone in Australia for a long time’.

The 32-year-old entered the ring in bright blue shorts and a jacket decorated with native art.

He was accompanied by several Aboriginal dancers with didgeridoos as background music.

Fleming won his fight against local favorite Tyson Lantry with a dominant showing with Lantry's team throwing in the towel

Fleming won his fight against local favorite Tyson Lantry with a dominant showing with Lantry's team throwing in the towel

Fleming won his fight against local favorite Tyson Lantry with a dominant showing with Lantry’s team throwing in the towel

Fleming was escorted to the ring by several Aboriginal dancers with didgeridoos in the background

Fleming was escorted to the ring by several Aboriginal dancers with didgeridoos in the background

Fleming was escorted to the ring by several Aboriginal dancers with didgeridoos in the background

Rabbitohs stars Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker were on hand to watch Fleming fight

Rabbitohs stars Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker were on hand to watch Fleming fight

Rabbitohs stars Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker were on hand to watch Fleming fight

A two-minute clip was shown in the arena highlighting Mundine’s decorated boxing career before he was interviewed at ringside.

Fleming thanked Mundine for showing up after the fight, saying he was his biggest inspiration after his family and team.

The 32-year-old said he owed Mundine his career and thanked him for everything before sharing an emotional hug.

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