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Old 01-13-2013, 07:58 PM   #74
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Default Re: If Mundine wis the IBF belt.....

Originally Posted by IrnBruMan View Post
I thought it would be fun to list all of the boxers Mundine ducked:

1. Kessler - after losing by UD to Kessler in 2005 and clamouring for a rematch for the next 2 years, when Kessler finally becamse Mundine's mandatory (when Kessler valiantly tried to unify SMW by fighting Calzaghe and lost), Mundine vacated his inherited WBA SMW title and announced a move down to MW.

2. Geale - after being gifted a corrupt SD win after a fight full of dirty tactics (using the elbow to fend Geale off every time he came in, lowblows, loose glove tape to buy recovery time, intimidation of one of the judges), the IBO had 3 independant judges score the fight. They scored it a SD win to Geale and the IBO ordered a rematch. Mundine vacated the belt and moved down to JMW, only to fight Robert Medley at the MW limit.

3. Golovkin - after making big noises about moving down to JMW in order to avoid having to face Geale again, and not actually fighting anyone at 154, Mundine found himself ranked #1 by the WBA at MW, with Golovkin ranked #2. The WBA ordered a fight for the vacant title, Mundine made unreasonable demands, Golovkin accepted all of them, and Mundine still refused the fight. The WBA ordered a purse bid and Mundine didn't even show up to it, leaving Golovkin looking for another opponent in the WBA top 10.

4. Trout - after finally managing to weigh in at 154 and fight twice at that weight, Mundine decided to move back up to MW to fight his "The Contender" mandatory Garth Wood. Despite "The Contender" being at SMW, and Mundine trying to disadvantage Wood by forcing the fight to be at MW (and having to pay Wood another $100k to do so), Wood knocked Mundine tha **** out. It was back to the drawing board baby, and Mundine again decided 154 was his domain. Austin Trout won the WBA JMW title by beating Rigo Alvarez, and Mundine started calling him out. Then he changed his mind, or apparently, Trout suddenly became a "no name" and also made too many demands, so Mundine decided to reduce Trout's options and negotiating power him by becoming his mandatory by facing Rigo Alvarez himself. Mundine defeated Alvarez and continued to claim Trout was a "no name" and was making too many demands (but wait, didn't Mundine's possession of the interim WBA JMW title reduce Trout's options?), and opted to fight Bronco Mckart instead, as apparently that was how he woudl force Cotto to fight him. Trout has since fought and beaten Cotto and become the WBA JMW world champ

If it looks like Mundine and acts like Mundine, then it's a duck

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