Mundine vs. Nievas Tonight!

anthony mundine26.06.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Anthony Mundine makes the first defense of this, his second reign as World Boxing Association super middleweight “regular” champion tonight when he meets little known Argentine product Pablo Zamora Nievas at the Gold Coast Convention Center.

At Monday's press conference the pair came face to face with number 15 contender Nievas looking the bigger man. He will have a decided size advantage over the Australian phenomenon but that's about as good as it will probably get. With 12 knockouts ion his 17-1-1 record he has reasonable power but he has not faced anything like Mundine, who is probably the only remote threat to either Calzaghe and Kessler as number one 168 pounder today.

In 1974, Mundine's legend father and trainer Tony challenged Carlos Monzon for the WBA version of the middleweight title losing by knockout in round seven. On Monday, Nievas predicted he was going to repeat the act on junior. “Carlos Monzon is the person I look up to” said the 26 year old from Rio Colorado, through an interpretor. “He fought Mundine's father and won. I will do the same”.

Mundine has vowed revenge , of some sort.

“I rate Monzon as one of the great fighters of the modern era” he said. “But for the people who saw the fight, for the first five rounds my dad out boxed and out classed Monzon. If he had the stamina he would have gone on to win the fight. But he had to take off a lot of pounds to make weight, so much that it made him very subdued in the middle and later rounds”.

“However, this fight is not going the distance."

Mundine has been in great form of late and is a much improved fighter though and the one who lost in a game challenge to Kessler in June of '05. His domination over Danny Green last year and his March knockout of Sam Soliman has made him the top contender for the winner of Kessler-Calzaghe.

He should get by Nieves, with complacency and the awkwardness and toughness that Argentine's are renowned for being the only problems. It might be a reasonable affair for a handful of rounds before the speed and the power of Mundine tells. With Nievas being dropped twice in a draw over six rounds, the longest he's been, by light hitting Ruben Acosta, who Mundine knocked out in four rounds last year, it doesn't look good for him surviving Mundine's right hand. The fight is big in Argentina, with Nieves saying he has plenty of support. He will need it.

“Whether he comes out strong or slow I am ready” said the 32 year old “Man” (28-3, 22 KO's) I don't worry about his power. He can have all the power he wants, but what's the use of it if he cant hit the target? People should do some research and have a look at my power and see how I can knock people out. I put them to sleep before they hit the floor."

“I will keep my belt in style. It's not about if, but how I am going to win. That is how great I am.”

Mundine has been on the Coast for about a month preparing. He last fought on the Coast, at this same venue, in February of '05, when he stopped Darnell Castillo of Panama in four rounds.

Article posted on 27.06.2007

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