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Courtesy of Aus-Boxing.com
Anthony “The Man” Mundine (42–4–0) will return to the ring on Wednesday night-19th October at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre against Mexican, Rigoberto Alvarez (27–3–0) for the interim WBA Light Middleweight title with the winner setting up a showdown with WBA champion, Austin Trout.
The fight was due to happen in September but after ‘Choc’ was cut above the eye in training it was postponed to the new date, “After the eye injury, I had about five days off, then when I came back to training and had two hard sessions, I ended up getting a blood infection and couldn’t train for another week.”
This will be the biggest test yet for Mundine who wants to prove himself on
the world stage and become the WBA’s super champion.
‘The Man’ last fought American, Xavier Toliver where he won by a 7th round KO. Since then the Aussie has called out the likes of Austin Trout and Miguel Cotto who he plans to fight in succession after defeating Alvarez. ”It’s been a bit prolonged over the last few months but I’m just looking forward to the challenge that Alvarez is going to bring. It’s a big challenge for me. ”He’s world recognised, he’s just lost the title so he’s going to he hungry to get a win. ”But I’ll be on my A-game to stop him.”
His opponent, Rigoberto Alvarez (brother of Saul Alvarez) has travelled from Mexico with his team determined to get another shot at Trout after he lost in an unanimous decision in May.
“It was a very tough fight against Trout, I know that if we were to fight again I would be much stronger and even hungrier than before.” “But first I have to get through Mundine in his home country, which will be a difficult assignment.” “He is very smart and extremely fast, but I’m confident I can come over and earn a second shot at the title.”
In the co-feature bout Australian Cruiserweight prospect Mostyn “The Boss” Niemann (5–0–0) 4 KO’s will challenge Tongan born, Walter Pupu’a (12–13–0) over 6 rounds. Niemann spoke to Aus-Boxing.com and said, “I’d like to get my hands on the Australian title. That would be a real honour. I would also like to fight for the Commonwealth title at some point. I think it’s a belt that has a lot of history and when I’m ready to fight for it, I’d have no objections traveling to the United Kingdom to box for it. After that I guess my goal is a World Title.” Pupu’a last fought David Aloua in August where he was knocked out in the first round while Niemann won with a 2nd round TKO on the Geale vs Albert undercard.
On the undercard:
New Zealand Cruiserweight, David Aloua (3–0–0) and Palm Island’s, Hunter Sam (4–0–1) will go toe to toe im the final undercard bout over 6 rounds.
Billy Hussein trained Lightweight, Billel “Babyface” Dib (3–0–0) will face TBA over 6 rounds.
Exciting young talent, Bilal Akkawy (1–0–0) who destroyed Mick Jones in his debut will take on Tainui Crouch (1–4–1) over 4 rounds at Super Middleweight.
Indonesian bus driver, Aswin Cabuy (12–26–1) fights the undefeated, Sam Ah See (3–0–0) with 3 KO’s over 4 rounds.
UK Heavyweight, Scott Belshaw (10–5–0) with one previous fight in Australia will face George Poulivaati (3–1–0) over 4 rounds.
Middleweight prospect, Rocky Jerkic making his pro debut will take on Stavros Karanicolas (1–5–0) over 4 rounds in the opening fight of the night.
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