The real reason boxing card girl was fired for Mundine fight
MODEL Sev Philippou was axed as a boxing ring card girl for the Danny Green versus Anthony Mundine bout because "she did not fit the dress" - vindicating her claim she was dropped because her "breasts were too big".
The details are revealed in email correspondence - obtained under Freedom of Information laws by the Sunday Mail - between promoters and the SA Tourism Commission in the days after the Adelaide Oval blockbuster fight.
Ms Philippou was ridiculed in February when she used Facebook to vent her anger at being dumped as one of the models after a dress-fitting organised by the SA Tourism Commission.
She said she was not formally advised of the decision by the SATC and that the feedback she received was that she did not fit the dress because of the size of her breasts.
Another model who was chosen for the role, Leah Matuszek, accused Ms Philippou of "sour grapes", saying she lacked professionalism and experience.
But in an email sent to SATC bosses on February 7 - a day after The Advertiser reported Ms Philippou's claims - promoter Justin Manolikos said "Sev was not chosen, as she did not fit the dress".
"As I understand, as I was not there, and confirmed by Marion, the white (dress) did fit but the grey not, hence she was not chosen," Mr Manolikos wrote.
"Poor girl obviously trying to get her day in the sun."
Despite this, promoters chose to blame Ms Philippou's attitude.
In another email to the Tourism Commission, a public relations company for the promoters wrote: "Obviously some of the girls were disappointed on missing out, but the final decision on who is selected ultimately lies with us."
When contacted by the Sunday Mail, Ms Philippou said: "I have nothing more to add to this matter. I stand by my original statements".
Ms Matuszek said she also stood by what she said and would not comment further.
The role of ring card girls became an issue in the aftermath of the bout - won by Green in front of 30,000 fans at Adelaide Oval - when the State Government was accused of double standards for axing Tour Down Under models and Clipsal 500 grid girls a year earlier.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said at the time of the fight that the promoter "had the final say on all aspects of the event, including the ring card girls".
While the Tourism Commission was able to find and release documents pertaining to the ring card girls under FOI laws, Mr Bignell's staff said they were unable to locate any, despite searches.