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Mundine-Waters clash Wednesday

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry

Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (39-3, 23 KOs) will not be after scoring a knockout when he will clash with WBA #8 Ryan Waters (20-2-2, 12 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Entertainment Center in Wollongong, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. WBA #2 junior middleweight has been training under the expert guidance of Jeff Malcolm who said Anthony is in great shape, “Anthony has looked great in the gym and is in shape to perform at his best against Ryan Waters on Wednesday.”

Mundine is prepared for a twelve round contest but if the KO comes that will be great,” Mundine said. “I am not even going to look for it any more,” Mundine said of the KO. ”If it comes, it comes. I know in myself I have the power to stun him or the power to knock him out. But I have probably gone away from what made me successful and that is boxing like a fox and being able to hit and not be hit so I am going to go back to that strategy and I think he is going to get a shock.”

”I will still have my aggression when I need it but I am going to be a lot smarter and a lot more patient because pretty much all of my knockouts have come when I have been patient.”

”A lot of people don’t realize that I tore the tendon off the bone in my shoulder in 2007 and that gave me another headache as far as coming back to 100% because I feel that I didn’t do the right rehab in order to regain the power that I once had,” continued Mundine. ”But this is one of the first fights I have actually worked on training methods to strengthen myself and I feel like I am a lot stronger now.”

”I’ve tried to build my strength by working on my explosive power and work on certain things to ensure I’ve got a bit more snap in my punches and I feel that I am sitting on my punches a lot better and my balance is a lot better. Also, this is my second time at this weight so I think it is going to be a bit easier. People can say Anthony is going down too far in weight or he’s not punching hard enough but guess what, I am still winning. I am not just winning, I am winning easy against world-rated fighters so I don’t care what they say about knockouts. I am going to work on that but as far as being victorious or winning, that’s just me.”

Ryan Waters is highly regarded as a very aggressive world class 154 pounder who always comes to fight and is looking to score an upset victory. Water’s trainer, Dave Birchell said, “We are confident on upsetting Mundine and getting a shot at Miguel Cotto.”

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