Police pull no punches with fight-bound gangs for Anthony Mundine-Danny Green showdown

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POLICE and Adelaide Oval management are staying tight-lipped about their security tactics ahead of Friday’s bad-blood rematch between Anthony Mundine and Danny Green.

The Stadium Management Authority would not comment on its plans to keep fight fans in check during the bout — which is expected to attract about 30,000 people to Adelaide Oval — but did say it would work closely with all “relevant authorities” to ensure safety.

The event’s official conditions of entry take particular aim at outlaw motorcycle gangs, who have caused problems at other Adelaide and interstate fight shows in the past.

The conditions state: “patrons must not wear, display or possess items which bear street gang or motorcycle gang colours, including and not limited to patches, jackets, T-shirts, badges, other clothing or paraphernalia or items bearing a motorcycle gang’s insignia.”

Spectators look on as Anthony Mundine completes a public workout session in Adelaide. Picture: Morne de Klerk/Getty Images

In November 2012, two men were charged by the Crime Gangs Task Force following a fight between rival motorcycle gangs at a kickboxing show at Findon.

The conditions of entry also state: “Adelaide Oval SMA Limited, its staff, agents and security contractors may refuse entry to Adelaide Oval to any person.”

Victorian underworld figure Mick Gatto was expected to be ringside to cheer on longtime friend Mundine, but told The Advertiser this week he had changed his plans.

Gatto, who is now an industrial dispute mediator, promoted fights until the Victorian government banned him from gaining a license in 2013.

SA Police would not elaborate on what strategies or resources would be used in or around the venue on Friday.

Superintendent John De Candia would only say police would have “overt and covert police in place” to stop trouble.

“(We) will have a highly-visible, proactive and assertive presence at this event and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated,” he said.

“It should also be noted that as a condition of the liquor licence applicable to Adelaide Oval on the night any known member or associate of any outlaw motorcycle gang will not permitted entry.

“Nor is any person wearing clothing, jewellery or accessories which are associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs.”

Anti-bikie laws passed in 2015 prohibit members from outlawed gangs being together in public in groups of three or more and wearing club colours or jewellery and accessories in licenced premises.

Police Minister Peter Malinauskas said the laws had allowed police to “make great strides” in South Australia.

“Last financial year, 274 outlaw motorcycle gang members and associates were arrested and reported. Additionally, nine gang members were arrested and charged in relation to three incidents of association in a public place,” he said.

In 2006 Mundine beat Green by unanimous points decision in Sydney.

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