Anthony Mundine retained his WBA super middleweight title Wednesday with a unanimous points decision over fellow Australian Nader Hamdan.
Mundine, 32, improved to 31-3 with 23 knockouts since turning his back on a high-profile rugby league career to follow in the footsteps of his father, Tony Mundine, and become a professional boxer.
Hamdan had won 40 of his previous 45 fights, including 18 by knockout. He went the full 12 rounds with Mundine, but was well behind on all three judges cards (120-108; 117-111; 119-109).
"Nader 'Lionheart' Hamdan. He gave me a great performance," said Mundine, who calls himself 'The Man.'
"Once again the critics who said it was a mismatch, you all saw a great fight," he said. "I thought it was going to go 12 rounds. He prepared like never before and he wasn't coming in with the mindset of being stopped."
Mundine opened a cut under Hamdan's eye in the seventh round and dominated toward the end of the bout.
It was Mundine's second title defense since overcoming an eye infection that caused him to lose sight temporarily in his left eye and sidelined him for six months. In the first, he knocked out Argentine Jose Alberto Clavero in a bout heavily criticized for being so lopsided.
Hamdan has lost six of his past 14 bouts and was making his first attempt at a major international title.