Wednesday night’s clash between Anthony Mundine Vs Shane Mosley, scheduled for the Sydney Events Centre in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday, has been called off.
It was widely reported that the fight was in jeopardy on Monday, reportedly because Mosley requested a percentage of his $1 million up front.
Mosley is said to have checked out of his hotel late Monday, heading to Sydney airport to catch a flight back to his native Los Angeles.
Mosley and promoter Richard Schaefer sent out the following statements
Shane Mosley: “I’m very disappointed with this turn of events because I was planning on making a big statement by beating Mundine, but I was left with no choice but to withdraw. The fans in Australia have welcomed me with open arms, and I hope to return to fight for them one day in better circumstances.”
Richard Schaefer: “It’s unfortunate that this fight will not be taking place, and we apologize to all of Shane’s Australian fans, but there are contracts in place for a reason, and when the terms are not adhered to, we have no choice but to protect our fighter, and that’s what happened here.
As with all high profile promotions that suddenly get called off very late, someone invariably loses out financially, and in this case it is Australian Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech, who says he has personally lost around $460,000
In a statement made to AAP,Fenech said: “I gave him $460,000. “I certainly wouldn’t have done that if I thought the fight wasn’t going to go ahead because my guarantee was that when the fight went ahead, (with) the pay-per-view money and the pub and club money that I’d be paid back, but now it doesn’t look like it….Vlad Warton told me he needed $US300,000 as a start to getting here, then another $US100,000 for all his expenses, and a little more. So I accommodated for all that, and now they’ve gone home so I’m really left with nothing. It’s going to be a little bit tough for a while.”
Anthony Mundine made the following statement on his Facebook page
"I’ve just been told that they have canceled the fight. The promoter needs to tell us all what happened. I’m very disappointed for fans, teams, family and me."
October 22, 2013