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01 NOVEMBER 2014

 

Wood stuns Mundine and Australia with 5th round knockout win


Garth Wood wins
Garth Wood wins

By Paul Upham: The Contender Australia champion Garth Wood stunned former boxing world champion Anthony Mundine and most of Australia with a 5th round knockout win over “The Man” on Wednesday night December 8 at ACER Arena in Homebush, Sydney.

32 year-old Garth “From the Hood” Wood 10-1-1 (6) won FOX8’s hit reality TV show The Contender Australia in January 2010 which guaranteed him a fight with Mundine and a $250,000 pay day as part of his prize.

In what was a scrappy fight throughout, Wood was able to flurry on the inside in round 5 and landed a stinging left hook directly on the jaw of Mundine, knocking him out cleanly before “The Man” had hit the canvas.

Referee Les Fear counted, but Mundine was unable to move as he lay on the canvas. It was a breathtaking sight which had the large crowd in attendance gasping at the 0:58 second fifth round knockout.

“What do I say,” asked Wood, in the ring immediately after the win. “I am the best kept secret, but you are all aware of me now.”

35 year-old Mundine 40-4 (24) appeared to be unable to comprehend what had just happened when interviewed after the devastating loss.

“You get caught,” he said. “It’s about how you bounce back. I congratulate Garth and his team. More credit to him.”

Asked his future, Mundine replied, “I’ve got to go back to the drawing board and talk to my team. Congrats to Garth. He deserved it.”

The fight never flowed and Wood appeared overly cautious in the early rounds. His reluctance to attack actually encouraged Mundine to stand and trade on the inside, which ultimately led to his demise.

Wood praised his trainer Billy Hussein and assistant Jeff Fenech, the three-time world champion, whilst acknowledging he struggled in the early rounds.

“It was hard to get to Anthony early. He was aware of my power,” said Wood.

A last minute replacement in The Contender tournament, Wood once again made the most of an opportunity and proved that a truck load of confidence and hard work can take anyone a long way forward.

The defeat for Mundine was the fourth in his career, after prior world title losses to Sven Ottke, Manny Siaca and Mikkel Kessler.

At 35 years of age, Mundine’s future in the ring is now severely clouded.

Wood will be looking to parlay his memorable victory into an international fight of major significance.


Wednesday 8 December 2010
Acer Arena, Olympic Park, Homebush, NSW, Australia

Garth Wood w.ko.5 Anthony Mundine - middleweight
Johannes Mwetupunga w.ud.12 Peter Mitrevski
Australian middleweight title
Billy Dib w.tko.6 Mick Shaw - lightweight


Paul Upham
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