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Mundine looking further than a title defense

Mundine looking further than a title defense

Anthony Mundine is already thinking ahead of his WBA super middleweight title defense against Nader Hamdan, saying he wants a shot at unbeaten Super Champion Joe Calzaghe next.
The flamboyant and outspoken Australian boxer puts his world title on the line Wednesday for the third time at the Sydney Entertainment Center against 34-year-old Hamdan, who he has known for 20 years and described as his "Muslim brother" when the bout was announced in December.
And he expects to "do the job" against Hamden, who has won 40 of his 45 professional fights including 18 by knockout.
"I want to go out there and make a statement so he had better be ready for a beating," the 32-year-old Mundine said. "I've respected him for a long time but when I step into that ring I don't care who my opponent is."
Mundine is 30-3 since turning his back on a professional rugby league career to follow in the footsteps of his boxer father, Tony Mundine.
It's his second defense since overcoming an eye infection that caused his to lose sight temporarily in his left eye and sidelined him for six months.
In his first, he knocked down Argentina's Jose Alberto Clavero in a match heavily criticized for being so lopsided.
Even so, he's using it as a stepping stone for a shot at Calzaghe, who is unbeaten in 44 fights and unified the WBA, WBC and WBO belts when he beat Denmark's Mikkel Kessler last year to be elevated to Super Champion status.
Last July, Mundine won the belt vacated by Kessler when the Dane unified the WBA and WBC titles.
With Calzaghe expected to move up to light heavyweight for a bout with Bernard Hopkins, Mundine thought he might have a better chance of setting up a fight with middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik or Jermain Taylor.
"I want Calzaghe," Mundine said Tuesday, listing his priorities. Failing that, he was happy to go down a weight or have one of the middleweights step up.
"There's fights out there for me. I just want to continue to win and continue to reign," he said. "There's not that many big names out there. When they finish fighting each other they need some fresh meat."
Hamden, who turned to boxing while in juvenile detention for trying to take a handgun from a police officer in a street skirmish, has no problem being the underdog.
"I know I've been written off. I understand that," he said. "It suits me being the underdog."


Updated : 2020-12-03 00:36 GMT+08:00