Re: Can mundine compete?
This summary is probably worth a read for those who haven't seen it already:
Mundine defeats Jerez
c/o Brickhaust at Left Hook .com
This morning in Brisbane, Australia, Anthony Mundine won a wide decision over Argentinian Carlos Adan Jerez. The official scores were 118-110, 118-110 and 120-109. For the most part, Mundine controlled the fight with his jab, outlasting Jerez to an unexciting and uneventful decision.
While the scores were wide, Mundine looked weak at his new weight of junior middleweight, and controlled the outside to earn a boring decision rather than going in for the kill. To his credit, Jerez has only been knocked out twice in 13 losses; still, Jerez fought the vast majority of his career at welterweight or lower, dipping as low as lightweight at one point, while Mundine had fought his entire career at middleweight or higher. Still, Jerez clearly won a couple of rounds in the few times when he got aggressive.
This was not a fight where Mundine should have struggled for even a minute. Jerez didn't win a round against Saul Alvarez. He didn't win a round against Lucas Matthysse. He didn't win a round against Sebastian Lujan, and was eventually knocked out by Lujan. On top of it, Jerez was mostly looking to counterpunch, not a good formula when you're slower than your opponent and giving up at least six inches of reach. Even with these advantages, Mundine had some problems pulling the trigger, and even appeared to get knocked down in the 12th round, although it was ruled a slip.
There are quite a few options next for Mundine. The WBA has him ranked at #2 in the light middleweight division, so he might have a title eliminator with Margarito forthcoming. A win over Margarito would help put Mundine on the path he's been yammering about, and would put him in line to fight Miguel Cotto for a title.
Based on how he looked tonight, his better move might be to move back to middleweight where he has more energy. Then again, based on what Mundine has actually done since beating Danny Green four years ago, he'll probably just talk a big talk while importing unknown fighters who present no style challenge, fighting on Australian pay per view because just enough people buy the cards to make it worth his while.