By Paul Upham: It was more a track meet than a boxing match. IBO middleweight boxing world champion Anthony Mundine cruised to a unanimous ten round points decision victory in a non-title match against Argentine Alejandro Falliga on Wednesday night at the Silverdome in Prospect, Tasmania, Australia.
34 year-old Mundine 37-3 (23) was forced to chase 27 year-old Alejandro Falliga 17-6-3 (6) from Moron, Buenos Aires throughout the match. The fight was never close and the only contest was whether Mundine could eventually corner and knockout the Argentine who was seemingly stuck in reverse.
“He came in to survive and it didn’t make it entertaining for the fans,” said Mundine. “I just had to deal with what was in front of me. I caught him and he was on his bike and I couldn’t pin him.”
Judges scored the fight for Mundine 100-90, 99-91, 100-90.
Mundine was booed loudly by the hometown crowd of arch-rival Daniel Geale, who also appeared on the card.
“To all the haters in the building, it’s OK, I am The Man,” said Mundine. “These people who boo me don’t even know me.”
Mundine gave the impression that he will indeed give Geale a rematch in 2010.
“I won defiantly last time, but next time I will win defiantly,” Mundine said.
While predicting that he will conquer the world next year, Mundine claimed that some of the best middleweights in the world refuse to fight him.
“(Kelly) Pavlik vs. (Paul) Williams, I will take the winner,” he said. “I want the best but they don’t want to fight me.”
In the main support bout, 28 year-old Daniel Geale 22-1 (13) won every round against 29 year-old Samir Barbosa 22-6-3 (17) from Rio Grande, Brazil. The local favourite won the IBF Pan Pacific middleweight title with a twelve round unanimous points decision.
After a cautious start, Geale increased the pressure in round 5 and was never troubled. The best action came in the final round, when both boxers opened up and went toe to toe.
All three judges scored the fight for Geale, 120-108.
“Give him all the credit in the world guys, he put on an awesome effort tonight,” said Geale.
While the IBO has ordered that Mundine defend his world title against Geale in a rematch by February 27, the 2002 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist also has a ‘Plan B’ to fight for the IBF middleweight world title in 2010.
“We want to fight and beat the best in the world and Mundine is going to be next,” said Geale.
The card was televised live in Australia on Main Event Television and at participating pubs and clubs on Fox Sports.
Date: Wednesday October 21, 2009
Location: Silverdome, Prospect, Tasmania, Australia
Anthony Mundine w.ud.10 Alejandro Falliga - super middleweight
Daniel Geale w.ud.12 Samir Barbosa
IBF Pan Pacific middleweight title
120-108, 120-108, 120-108
Robert Medley w.ud.8 Jeremy Allan - middleweight
Steve Maxwell w.tko.3 Jimmy James - welterweight
Paul Coppleman td.2 Casey Hannan - welterweight
Jeff Crosswell w.tko.3 Murray Reed - cruiserweight
Dave Perez w.md.4 Brian Summers - cruiserweight