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Mundine beats another nobody
Anthony Mundine last night defeated a former South African policeman with a controversial TKO in the final second of the eighth round on the Gold Coast.
The victory over Roland Francis was booed by a disappointing crowd of about 1500 who believed the fight was stopped too soon.
"I wasn't disappointed because he was going to be in some world of trouble if they didn't stop it," said an elated Mundine afterwards. "I would have come out in the ninth and let all blazes go."
The victory was Mundine's 12th win from 13 fights and earned him the vacant Pan Asian Boxing Association super middleweight title.
"Whether you like it or not I am coming back. I am still the man," Mundine said. "The guy was tough, he was willing to fight, he fought hard and he fought strong."
Few expected Francis to go more than half the distance of the scheduled 12-round fight but he matched it with Mundine, often trading blow for blow with the Australian on the ropes.
In the closing stages of the eighth round Mundine connected with a fiery uppercut that dropped Francis to his knees. Mundine followed with a relentless combination forcing the referee to end the fight as the bell rang. Officially, Mundine won by TKO 2min 59s into the eighth round.
Francis said he was upset the fight was cut short. "I felt he stopped it a bit prematurely but I guess I waited too long to counter him," said Francis. "I gave away too many advantages - height, strength and speed."
The victory earns Mundine a top-15 World Boxing Association ranking and will accelerate his campaign to gain another world-title fight.
Mundine's popularity has slumped dramatically in the year since he last fought on the Gold Coast when he packed the same arena with more than 4500 fans.
Tonight most of the bleachers were empty.
"I wouldn't care if there was one person in there tonight I was going to do what I was going to do," he said.
It was Mundine's second fight and second win since being knocked out in a championship bout against Sven Ottke in Germany in December.
Asked about reports that he was considering a return to rugby league, Mundine said he was focused on winning the boxing world title.
"I know rugby league misses me and would like me back," Mundine said. "I'm just focused on what I want to get first and we'll see what happens."
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.