> American fight fans might vaguely remember Anthony "The Man" Mundine,
> The Australian (convert to Islam) super middleweight "contender", who
> was lightly reprimanded for remarking that Americans had brought the
> September, 11th attacks upon themselves. In retrospect, that was
> merely a tacky thing to say but it reminded me of what an utter piece
> of excrement this guy is. An average local fighter who believes the
> myth of his own celebrity. Sort of like what's his name, that guy with
> the big ears who used to hang with P-Diddy in Vegas but recently
> couldn't renew his contract with HBO? Prince Naseem something or
Best 168lbs fighter in the world? No he is not. Talented? Very much so.
Mundine has both speed and power. Anyone who says he is the best supermiddle
in the world is kidding themselves, but by the same token, anyone that
denies that he is a talented (however inexperienced) fighter is letting
their bias get in the way of sound judgement.
> Australia has a long tradition of great pugilists but Mundine isn't
> one of them. How did he manage to get a shot at the IBF super
> middleweight after amassing only 10 fights? Let's see, IBF
> vice-president Ray Wheatley is from...
> Australia! What a surprise!
No disputing this. I'd like however, to point out that if YOU were a young
fighter with hype, you too would have accepted a title shot served on a
silver platter - regardless of whether you were ready or not.
> Do you think politics had anything to do with that? Nyah!
> So Mundine gets knocked out cold by the feather-fisted Sven Otke and
> you would think he would have faded into obscurity by now.
Up until the knockout, that fight was even if not in Mundine's favour. The
Man got what was coming to him for getting in that ring to early, but again,
to deny the skill displayed is allowing your bias to get in the way of your
> And now he's being considered for a possible title reunification
> series involving Otke, Echols etc.?
> Can somebody tell me of a single fighter who is more undeserving of
> this than Anthony "The Man-***" Mundine?
This I haven't heard anything of, but let's look at it.
How many belts are they going to unify? All three? If so, Mitchell and Ottke
were going to unify, and Lucas has his mandatory to face. Four contenders to
square off in two matches in the same time frame, leaving the two title
fight winners and two contenders left. Each champion takes a fight against
one of the contenders leaving just two fighters to fight for a unified
168lbs crown by end of 2003, early 2004.
If you followed that right, that means eight fighters in total to compete.
I'd probably consider Mundine the 9th or 10th best supermiddle in the world.
Take away Calzhage, as he holds the WBO title, and Mundine is most certainly
a legitimate competitor in amongst the rest. He has already expressed a wish
to fight Echols now if it would get him a title shot. If you are so sure
that Mundine is a class below all other so called contenders, then Echols
would blow him away, straight out of the unification series, and you have
nothing to worry about.
Then if you include Calzhage and his WBO title, that makes twelve fighters -
and Mundine would certainly belong within those boundaries.