By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF Pan Pacific welterweight champion Heath “The Heat” Ellis officially challenged two-time WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine. Mundine challenged Australia’s Rob Medley for the vacant IBO light middleweight title on January 11, 2010 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Ellis said: “Mundine is fond of fighting Australian’s. If he’s just fought Australia’s best middleweight and now Australia’s best light middleweight, then why doesn’t he step down another division and fight Australia’s best welterweight!”
“Mundine beat my uncle, (Lester Ellis) a five-time world champion who was past his best and a blown up super featherweight, so why not fight another Ellis who is well-known throughout Australia and is in his prime and not fighting six divisions above his natural weight. The Ellis name is iconic in boxing and it would be a huge draw in Melbourne, or state in Australia with two well-known fighters having to go at it. I want to avenge my uncle’s loss and Im willing to put my belts where my mouth is.”
Mundine previously beat Heath’s uncle Lester Ellis in a non-title bout in 2002. Lester was the former IBF super featherweight champion and three division IBO champion, who made an ill-fated comeback after several years out of the fight game.