By Craig Watt
Many ringside observers felt WBA no. 1 and IBF no. 5 ranked middleweight Anthony “The Man” Mundine (38-3, 23 KOs) put in one of his best performances for several years last night when he outpointed Rob Medley (27-3, 17 KOs) at the Sydney International Arena and retained his WBA international title. The 34-year-old Mundine is now unbeaten in the last five years since he lost on points to Mikkel Kessler in 2005 and has won his last fourteen bouts. Although he is now pencilled in to take on Australian Contender winner Garth Wood in his next fight, WBO interim lightweight champion Micheal Katsidis contacted Fightnews today and challenged Mundine to an all-Australian super-fight at 154 pounds.
He stated from his new base in Las Vegas, “I might have to make a trip back home to sought out a bloke that has been beating up all my Aussie mates. He also beat two of my Olympic team mates Danny Green and Daniel Geale. I hear Mundine has recently attempted to come down to junior middleweight. My message to Mundine is–work a bit harder and I’ll meet you there at 154 pounds. By the sounds of the reception Mundine got when he fought Robert Medley just last night, the whole of Australia especially, Green and Geale would like to see me sought that one out.” Katsidis is currently awaiting for the decision of WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez to decide whether he will defend against Katsidis or relinquish the title and enable the Australian known as “Katsidis The Great” to become the full WBO 135 pound champion. An all Australian fight between Mundine and Katsidis would be a major ticket seller after Mundine attracted a major crowd to the Sydney Entertainment Centre last night.