By Andre Cristiano: A valiant Anthony Mundine has lost a unanimous decision to Joshua Clottey in an entertaining bout at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Australia.
Mundine’s hopes of using the fight to lure bigger name opponents in the junior middleweight division were dashed after being knocked down five times over the course of the bout.
While both men are renowned for their defensive prowess tonight saw Mundine fall short offensively. The Australian was consistently more active yet failed to land a blow capable of stunning his opponent. Clottey, however, managed to floor Mundine repeatedly with punches that were still far from full force.
The bout maintained an energetic pace throughout and began with both fighters attacking in turn. Clottey, the shorter fighter, saw most success against the ropes throwing combinations of lefts to the body, left hooks to the head and uppercuts in close.
Mundine tried desperately to keep Clottey at distance, yet even when successful he found no way through the Ghanaian’s defence.
The third round saw Clottey drop Mundine with a straight right to the chin. Fortunately for Mundine he was already down as Clottey’s left hook whizzed by overhead.
Recognizing he lacked the power to trouble his opponent, Mundine remained the more active fighter throughout the middle rounds. However any attempt to sway the judges with volume punching was in vain given the knockdowns to come.
Round six saw Mundine down twice. The first from an impressive combination crowned with a right uppercut to the chin. The second saw a shaky Mundine falling across the ring from an accumulation of blows.
Mundine showed tremendous grit to not only continue in the bout but to continue searching for a way to win. Unfortunately for Mundine, Clottey was completely unfazed by even his opponent’s most effective advances.
While the two continued exchanging combinations those landed by Mundine led Clottey to give his customary shake of the head as though to say “You can’t hurt me” and those landed by Clottey saw Mundine knocked down again in round eight and for the fifth time in, round ten.
The knockdown in round ten came as a result of another solid yet short left to the chin. Precise punching in close proving most effective for the Ghanaian.
The final two rounds saw a valiant Mundine desperately trying to find a way through his opponent but Clottey, as he has done with some of the greats of his generation, remained virtually impermeable.
Joshua Clottey was awarded a deserving unanimous decision 108-116, 109-115 and 108-117.
Mundine found no offensive approach capable of worrying his opponent and was repeatedly felled by blows that exposed his chin to be, as suspected, not in the same league as some of the fighters he hoped to challenge.
Nevertheless, the Australian showed tremendous heart to see the fight through all twelve rounds against an opponent who was clearly comfortable in the top echelon of the junior middleweight division.
“I got caught early and I couldn’t recover,” Mundine said.
“Full credit to Joshua, he put me on my back a few times, but I finished the fight.”
In the main supporting bout– and first competitive bout of the night after a series of farcically one-sided fights - David Aloua knocked out undefeated Brad Pitt to win the vacant WBO Asia Pacific cruiserweight title, the OPBF cruiserweight title and the vacant WBA Pan African cruiserweight title.
Aloua caught Pitt with a devastating right hook to the chin to win by knockout in the fourth round after he most likely conceded the preceding three rounds.
April 9, 2014
All the results
vacant WBO Asia Pacific/OPBF title cruiserweight titles David Aloua w tko 4 Brad Pitt
WBA International light middleweight title Joshua Clottey w pts 12 Anthony Mundine
lightweight George Kambosos Jr w ko 1 Thongthai Rajanondh
light middleweight Ahmed Dib w tko 2 Dennapa Bigshotcamp
light middleweight Cameron Hammond w pts 6 Pramool Boonpok
super middleweight Renold Quinlan w ko 4 Dechapon Suwunnalird
April 9, 2014