Young Victor Boxing

Mundine does it easy

As seen in Brisbane Times

THERE was none of the usual glitz and glamour as Anthony Mundine turned in a workmanlike performance against Uruguay's Rafael Sosa Pintos in Liverpool last night he hopes will kick start his middleweight career.

Entering the ring to Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary rather than the rap music he prefers, Mundine was full of concentration and steely determination as he wore down his gritty opponent.

The unanimous points decision was the 34th win of the former NRL star's career and just his second since moving down from the super-middleweight division in which he twice won the WBA world title.

Despite still holding the belt, Mundine's focus is now on becoming world champion in the middleweight division, and he showed last night that the drop in weight had not affected his power.

"I was quite nervous before this fight, more nervous than any other fights - it was quite strange," Mundine said. "I watched a couple of tapes of this guy and he was a rugged, willing customer and I knew that he was going to come in here and try and take my position.

"But I'm going to take an axe to a mosquito in every fight, I'm going to treat every fight like it's my last because I know there are certain suckers, certain critics, that want to see me fall, and when I get to the top and enjoy all the glory that Allah wills me, they are going to have egg on their faces once again because I am the best."

After taking his time in the first round to size up Pintos, Mundine stung him with a body shot in the second round before stepping up the pace.

Pintos managed to catch the 33-year-old former NSW Origin five-eighth with a left hook in the third round but that was the only time he was able to get close.

Urged on by the near capacity Whitlam Leisure Centre crowd, which was devoid of the usual celebrities and sporting stars, Mundine targeted Pintos's stomach for more punishment as he focused on tiring the South American first before moving in for the kill.

It was only after being comfortably on top in the sixth and seventh rounds that Mundine began showboating for the audience, who had sat quietly in the opening rounds before becoming more vocal as the fight wore on. With the Mundine camp implementing an alcohol ban for the first time at a major sporting event in NSW, there never appeared likely to be a repeat of the crowd violence that marred last Friday night's Ahmed Elomar-Willie Kickett fight at Central Coast Leagues Club.







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