Apologetic Mundine fights on

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Shamed Australian boxer Anthony Mundine has vowed to fight on and win the IBF world middleweight title.

Mundine said on a TV on Monday how he felt the United States brought the September 11 terrorist attacks on themselves.

The World Boxing Council yesterday penalised him by removing him from their ratings "indefinitely".

They said, in a statement: "The WBC will not tolerate the utilisation of a position in boxing to make such absurd and denigrating public statements.

"Such statements are unbelievable and intolerable and seriously hurt world society and boxing."

But Mundine's father and trainer Tony has confirmed that the fight with Germany's IBF champion Sven Ottke will go ahead in Dortmund on December 1.

He told Channel Nine: "We are going to fight for the IBF title, so we will worry about the WBC afterwards.

"We will get one title and if we are good enough we will eventually challenge for another title."

Fighter Mundine has retracted his statement, saying that he hates violence and was quoted out of context, adding that he hoped he had not caused any upset.

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