By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail
In a upset, Anthony “The Man” Mundine (45-5, 27 KOs) became the first fighter to stop Sugar Shane Mosley (48-8-1, 39 KOs) when the American ring legend was unable to continue between rounds six and seven on Wednesday night at the All Phones Arena in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mundine captured the WBA International light middleweight crown.
Mundine’s physical advantages were evident as he controlled the action in rounds one and two but Mosley stepped up the action in round three and connected with a solid right hand. Both fighters were rocked in round four, the best round of the fight. The Australian scored with solid combinations in rounds five and six to edge the rounds. The bout was stopped after round six with the 42-year-old Mosley claiming back problems.
“Mosley is one of the greatest fighters who ever lived but he had back problem in this fight,” Mundine said. “He did hurt me once but felt I was dominating the fight.”
Mosley stated, “A back spasm happened during the fight and I couldn’t move. I thought Mundine was in front. Mundine fought a good fight. I am not sure if this win will open doors for Mundine in the USA.”
Mundine aggressively pursued this fight and hopes the win will lead to a showdown with Floyd Mayweather.
In a war, super middleweight Renold Quinlan (6-0, 3 KOs) outscored former IBF world rated Joseph Kwadjo (21-7, 16 KOs) of Ghana over eight action rounds. Both boxers were staggered during the contest but at the conclusion Quinlan was awarded the points by scores of 79-74, 77-75, 78-74.
Cruiserweight David Aloua (9-1, 4 KOs) stopped Mosese Sorovi (22-18-1, 22 KOs) in round three of a six. Aloua dropped Sorovi in round two and in round three the referee crowned Aloua at 2.37 to save Sorovi from further punishment. Aloua is trained by former world middleweight challenger Tony Mundine.
Light middleweight Ahmed Dib (10-0, 6 KOs) stopped Mike Wanprasert (8-24-1, 2 KOs) in round three of scheduled six. Dib controlled the contest as he connected with accurate combinations consistently. Wanprasert visited the canvas in round two and three and referee Mick Heafey crowned Dib at 2.48 of the third round.
Heavyweight Luke Turner 220 lbs outscored Rugby League football star Blake Ferguson 213.8 lbs in a four round contest. Turner outworked Ferguson in a entertaining bout. Scores 39-37, 39-37, 39-37.
Light middleweight Sam Ah See dominated Daniel Roy Maxwell of New Zealand over four rounds. Southpaw Ah See outworked Maxwell in all the rounds. Scores were 40-36, 40-36, 40-36.