Anthony Mundine wins at 154lbs
By Paul Upham: Former WBA super middleweight and IBO middleweight boxing world champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine made a successful move down to junior middleweight with a twelve round points win over Argentine Carlos Jerez on Wednesday night 30 June 2010 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
35 year-old Mundine 39-3 (23) was rarely troubled by Jerez 30-13-3 (16) and claimed the vacant WBA International junior middleweight title.
“I felt good,” said Mundine. “I done twelve rounds with a veteran. He was cagey. It was a great workout for me at 154lbs. I thought I was getting stronger. I am very happy. I wanted to finish it in the late rounds. I want to get better at every outing at this weight.”
31 year-old Jerez was prepared to trade with the taller Mundine early in round 1. Jerez landed a lead right hand flush on Mundine’s jaw, which surprised more than hurt the Aboriginal fighter. Mundine landed a hook to the left side of Jerez and the Argentine complained to referee Derek Milham that it was an illegal blow.
Mundine punctuated round 2 with a fast jab. A strong right hand from an attacking Jerez landed, forcing Mundine to cover up.
A left hook from Jerez glanced Mundine’s chin in round 3 as he pulled back with his head held dangerously high. A second left hook clipped Mundine as Jerez was pushing forward.
In round 4, Jerez was working at a solid pace, but his punches were not as accurate as the Australian’s. Hard right hands from Mundine kept Jerez from launching an all-out onslaught. Both boxers were taking turns to land as the action swung both ways. A right hook from Mundine landed as Jerez leaned forward.
Mundine was whipping his jab in round 5. Jerez punched wide looking for a knockout blow. A straight right rocked Jerez and he immediately fired back.
Mundine was working with a consistent pace in round 6, but possibly affected by his drop in weight, there was little real pop on his punches. Jerez was still shooting for the chin as the two boxers exchanged to end the round.
In round 7, Mundine was pushing forward more confidently as Jerez was looking more and more wild with his punches. The constant thud of Mundine’s shots was now wearing on Jerez as he backed away, reluctant to engage.
Mundine dug to the body in round 8. A right hand from Mundine landed clean. There were more wild hooks from Jerez, but Mundine looking more determined to finish the fight with a knockout, landed clean punches to Jerez’ chin.
Jerez, with tattoo of Argentine middleweight great Carlos Monzon on his left shoulder, wasn’t having the same sort of success his hero had against Mundine’s father Tony Mundine in October 1974. It was a slower round 9, as Mundine looked for an opening to land his best right hand. There was little offence from Jerez.
By round 10, Jerez was just surviving. He made the occasional wild swing, but Mundine was coasting to another win.
Mundine pressed forward in round 11. Jerez punched from different angles and used lots of head movement, trying to discourage Mundine.
In round 12, Jerez’ right eye was puffy and black underneath. Mundine slipped when backing up on ropes. It was a fast finish and a little wild from both boxers.
Judges scored the fight unanimously for Mundine 118-110, 118-110 and 120-109.
In the ring after his victory was announced, Mundine was confronted by fellow Australian Ryan Waters, who is rated No.7 by the WBA at junior middleweight.
“If you want some, I’m going to give you some,” Mundine yelled across the ring
The two boxers went nose to nose as the crowd roared. Mundine then pushed Waters away violently.
“Go out in the back and get your gloves on,” Mundine told Waters. “I’m ready to go another twelve.”
Mundine then turned to the crowd and yelled, “Line them up. For all my fans. It’s going to be like dominoes.”
In the main support, former rugby league star and now rugby union player Sonny Bill Williams 2-0 (2) won easily against the completely overmatched New Zealander Ryan Hogan 0-1 from Auckland at heavyweight.
Southpaw Hogan was on the move round 1 and was reluctant to engage. Fighting with impressive hand speed, Williams landed a straight right hand to the face of Hogan and he dropped to the canvas.
Referee Cyril Cairns waved it off at the 2:35 minute mark with blood streaming from Hogan’s nose.
In the ring after the win, as part of the “KO to Drugs” event, 24 year-old Williams presented a cheque for A$50,000 to St Vincent’s Hospital on behalf of Anthony Mundine, Boxa Promotions and himself.
Date: Wednesday 30 June 2010
Location: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Queensland, Australia
Anthony Mundine w.ud.12 Carlos Adan Jerez
WBA International junior middleweight title
Sonny Bill Williams w.ko.1 Ryan Hogan - heavyweight
Alex Leapai w.tko.4 Travis Walker - heavyweight
Garth Wood w.tko.4 Ryan Coppick – super middleweight
Peter Mitrevski w.tko.4 Junmar Dulog - super middleweight
Nathan Carroll w.tko.2 David Bainbridge - middleweight
Sam Leone d.4 Brett John Smith - welterweight
39-37, 37-39, 38-38
Pita Domoni w.ud.4 Otto Merlin - cruiserweight
40-36, 40-36, 40-36