By Paul Upham: It seems Anthony Mundine won’t be heading down to junior middleweight after all. The International Boxing Organisation has confirmed that they have withdrawn sanction of Mundine’s fight with Robert Medley for the vacant IBO junior middleweight world title on Monday January 11.
34 year-old Mundine 37-3 (23), who has previously won the WBA world title at super middleweight twice, and the IBO middleweight world title, will now face 28 year-old Medley 27-2 (17) over twelve rounds for the vacant WBA international title at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
The promoters of the fight informed IBO supervisor Phil Austin on Sunday morning that the Mundine-Medley fight would now be at middleweight.
The official explanation for the change is that Team Mundine had requested all officials for the IBO junior middleweight world title fight be from NSW. This was unacceptable to the IBO.
Rumours arose last week that Mundine was struggling to make the junior middleweight limit for the first time. “The Man” told the Herald newspaper that he needed to lose five kilograms in two weeks before he got on the official scales.
The co-main event to Mundine-Medley on will be the live final of The Contender Australia tournament between Kariz Kariuki and Garth Wood at super middleweight.