Wed, Nov 27, 3:05pm by Daryl Curnow
When: 7:00pm, Wednesday, November 27.
Where: Allphones Arena, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia
Wager with: Ladbrokes.com.au and get $250 in free bets
WHETHER or not it’s a positive we have two of the older boxers going around in Sugar Shane Mosley and Anthony Mundine we’re not sure, but they’re fighting for the vacant WBA International light middleweight title and you can bet it’ll be exciting.
As per boxing protocol, these two boxers have engaged in the pre-bout antics that are sometimes more exciting than the fight itself. Shane Mosley has come out and said he’s treating this fight like he would a sparring session. More controversially however, he’s related Australian Boxing to the ‘mafia days’. Conversely, Anthony Mundine has been a little less chatty and is more focused on letting the world know how fit and ready he is.
Not only is the title on the line – albeit a title that has seemed meaningless for some time – but they also have a lot of pride and money to fight for. Shane Mosley had walked away from the fight after the fight’s promoter Vlad Warton still owed over $700,000 in fees, but Mundine and his manager Khoder Nasser wanted to fight Mosley so bad, they put up $1 million to have that chance.
Anthony Mundine has been in the sport for a very long time; 13 years as a professional in fact. During that time he’s been more known for his attitude as opposed to his record but he’s earned wins over Sam Soliman, Daniel Geale and his arch rival Danny Green.
The reason Mundine wants this fight so badly is because he’s yet to notch a win over a top American fighter and Mosley would be a nice feather in his cap. Mundine is no longer a feared fighter however and he’s announced that he’ll retire if he loses to Mosley. We can’t hold the 38-year-old to his word, but there’s no doubt he’s the more eager of the two fighters.
There’s no doubting Shane Mosley’s talent; he’s a future hall of famer after all. But, in recent times he’s been more focused on training the younger fighters and showing them what tricks his pet monkey can do. This attitude demonstrates that his mind is not fully focused on Mundine and a loss wouldn’t really hurt his record, after all, Muhammad Ali lost his last two fights. Mosley’s fitness has never been in question, but he’s taken some hits over the past few years, most notably against Manny Pacquiao and Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez.
Shane Mosley is the better technical fighter and no one would ever doubt that, but he’s lost some of that quickness in his hands that made him so feared. Mosley stands just over 5’8” but he’s got longer than average arms which counter his lack of height. Mundine on the other hand probably is past knocking people out, but he stands at 5’11” and his jab will frustrate Mosley. Being the taller fighter, Mundine has the ability to use his jab effectively and not allow Mosley to get close to him. Mosley has historically struggled against the jab and Mundine can expose that weakness here. Mosley has never been knocked out and it’s unlikely he will here, so be prepared for a long night of closely fought 10-9 rounds.
It’s clear to see by the odds that the books favour a Mundine win providing he doesn’t get knocked out. We don’t think Shane Mosley has enough firepower to knock the taller Anthony Mundine out and it seems as though the Australian wants the win more. We suggest taking the home town favourite Anthony Mundine @ $2.25 with Ladbrokes.com.au
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