By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (37-3, 23 KOs) will challenge Robert Medley (27-2, 17 KOs) for the vacant IBO 154 pound championship on January 11 at the Entertainment Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mundine has only made the middleweight limit of 160 pounds twice against Shannan Taylor and Daniel Geale, whom he won a disputed twelve round split decision on May 27 this year. Mundine weighed in at 167 1/4 pounds for his most recent bout in outpointing Alejandro Falliga after he had agreed to fight at middleweight.
Robert Medley’s trainer Graham Shaw at the Grange Gym is confident his charge can give Mundine the fight of his life. “At 154 pounds we are confident that Robert can upset Mundine,” said Shaw. “Medley is a regular sparring partner of Daniel Geale, who in our opinion defeated Mundine in May. Medley looked impressive in a sparring session against world rated super middleweight and Australian Contender favorite Peter Kariuki last week.”
Medley also expressed confidence. ”I don’t think he stands a chance against me at junior middleweight. That’s my perfect weight,” said Medley, who rejected suggestions Mundine would be the toughest opponent he had fought. ”No, not really. I fought current IBF 147 pound champion Isaac Hlatshwayo, and he’s a better fighter than Anthony,” he said.
Mundine holds a points win over Danny Green who stopped boxing legend Roy Jones Jr in one round last week.