Anthony Mundine has lost to American Charles Hatley in their WBC Silver super welterweight title fight at the Melbourne Convention Centre last night.
Mundine is contemplating retirement after the fight was stopped in the 11th round when Hatley claimed victory with a one-sided TKO. After the fourth round, Hatley led 40-33 on two out of three scorecards, and 39-36 on the third scorecard. At the end of eight rounds, Hatley dominated 78-73, 80-69 and 79-70.
The 11-year age gap between the two became obvious after 29-year-old Hatley knocked Mundine down three times in the second round. Forty-year-old Mundine looked as though he never recovered from the swift blows, but fought on and knocked Hatley down briefly in the 10th round, however, it was too late by then.
Hatley’s record now stands at 26-1, while four-time world champion Mundine is still undecided about his future.
“It could be my final fight, but maybe not,” Mundine said after the match.
“I just want to get my body right because I had a lot of injuries coming into this fight and I will see what happens.”
The loss means Mundine’s chances of fighting internationals like Miguel Cotto are far less likely.
“All I can say is I’m disappointed! The better man won on the night … that’s gods will … I’ve been in this situation before & come back to rise again,” Mundine posted on his Facebook after the match.
Mundine also praised Hatley’s performance, saying that Hatley fought better than him.
“Charles boxed well and moved well. He had good distance and range and I got caught early reaching for him,” he said.
“I’m just disappointed; I came in with high expectations but Hatley fought a better fight and I was a bit off.”
The win takes Hatley’s total number of KO’s to 18, with 26 wins in 28 matches. His impressive record means he may take on the highest paid fighter in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr, for world championship. – Sam Pasfield
Top photo Anthony Mundine and Charles Hatley from Anthony Mundine’s official Facebook page.