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Mundine’s career is over, touch Wood

Posted By Allan Jiang On Dec 8 2010 @ 1:02 pm In Boxing | 1 Comment

Unheralded Garth Wood will be a name known to all casual sport fans in Australia after surprisingly knocking out Anthony Mundine in front of a shocked crowd at Sydney’s Acer Arena.  Wood, a failed rugby league player, came into the fight knowing his second choice profession was his golden opportunity to greener pastures.  Mundine underestimated Wood’s rugged determination to win and overestimated Wood’s lack of boxing pedigree.

During the pre-fight war of words, Wood reminded Mundine of his painful knockout loss to Sven Ottke, a loss perhaps repressed somewhere inside his inflated ego. Maybe Mundine’s next opponent will remind him of his knockout loss to Wood. Mundine will now have to accept he lost to a man who has only been a professional boxer for three years.  A man Mundine described as “wrestler”, a reference to Wood’s hold and clinch, brawler-like style which suppresses his ability to demonstrate the sweet science. A sweet science Mundine believes he is an promoter of, yet instead of losing to a high calibre boxer in a major title fight, Mundine lost to a brawler in a nothing match.

Instead of fighting the world’s best, Mundine has consistently picked out below par boxers in Australia in order to pad up his win-loss record. Mundine hasn’t had a serious fight since he defeated Danny Green, which was four years ago. Though Green is in the same boat as Mundine, both enjoy being on top of the Australian boxing hill so much that they’re less eager to fight high calibre boxers.

With Mundine and Green hogging the boxing limelight in Australia, both overshadow real boxers like Michael Katsidis, Vic Darchinyan and Sakio Bika. Fighters willing to take risks in their career for the sake of making boxing more credible yet are not known to casual sports fans. Whereas Mundine and Green, who do nothing but discredit Australian boxing, are treated as if they’re lineal world boxing champions. It shouldn’t be of surprise, the only two occasions Mundine has fought for a major world title, he lost on both occasions to Ottke and Mikkel Kessler. Nor should it be surprising the two occasions Green fought for a major world title, he lost both times to Markus Beyer.

Mundine speculated about a career defeating fight after defeating Wood, even name-dropping number one pound-for-pound boxer Manny Pacquiao as a possible opponent. However by losing to Woods, Mundine has defined Wood’s career whilst jeopardising his own. At age 35, it is only a matter of time before Mundine reflects on a career which has been more talk than action.

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