Mundine received belt from WBA.
As seen in http://www.wbaonline.com/
PANAMA March 30, 2007 – The World Boxing Association (WBA) through its Executive Vice-President Gilberto Mendoza presented Australian Anthony Mundine with the belt that accredits him as WBA Super Middleweight champion at a ceremony held on Wednesday.
The event, held at the Sheraton hotel, was crowded and had WBA world champions from Panama Celestino "Pelenchín" Caballero and Roberto "La Araña" Vasquez among the attendees.
Mundine (28-3, 22 KOs) conquered the vacant WBA Super Middleweight title last March 7 in Sydney after stopping fellow compatriot Sam Soliman in the ninth round.
The Australian had also won the same title back in September 2003.
“We are delighted to receive in our house to such a great personality as Anthony. He transcends the limits of boxing. Because he is a great fighter that combines ability, charisma and security in the ring, but also shows a tremendous personality out of it,” Mendoza said.
“Mundine is an example of how big a man can be if he is able to know and correct his mistakes. He has been able to achieve big things in such a brief period as a professional boxer. But also he is a person that fights for his own people’s rights in his country. Both things say a lot of Anthony,” Mendoza added.
Meanwhile, the charismatic Australian said that “I’m very proud of belonging to the WBA family, which is the oldest of the sanctioning bodies. It’s an honor to share this moment with them.”
Mundine, who travelled accompanied by his manager Khoder Nasser, added that “I give a huge value to this world title. But I work everyday to be a better fighter. I want to be the best pound-for-pound.”
Also present at the ceremony were Jose Oliver Gomez, WBA Ratings Committee Chairman, and Aurelio Fiengo, President of Fedelatin, a WBA regional body of which Mundine was champion in 2002-2003.