"The Man" wins
Anthony Mundine made a triumphant return to the ring last night, beating journeyman Brad Mayo in a unanimous points decision in Townsville.
Mundine had the upper hand from the start but Mayo - who had not fought in a year - put in a gutsy effort to last the distance.
The judges returned decisions of 100-90, 100-91, 100-89.
The fight was Mundine's first since a 10th-round knockout by German Sven Ottke last December ended his bid for the world super-middleweight title.
It was hosted by Queensland because NSW officials refused on the basis of Mayo's poor record and inactivity, although no formal application was made.
The 28-year-old Mayo, a prison guard, hadn't fought since last March and had won just two bouts from seven during the past six years.
Mundine's record is now 11 wins from 12 fights, eight by knockout.
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