Mundine eyeing Brissy bout

THE Brisbane Entertainment Center is the venue where Anthony Mundine(35-1, 23 KOs) challenges fellow Aboriginal Daniel Geale (21-0, 13 KOs)on Wednesday, May 27.

It's good to see big-timeboxing back in fight town Brisbane. Anthony's father Tony filledFestival Hall several times between 1970-80 and no doubt this willattract another packed house.

Sydney-basedTasmanian Geale, 28, is quite unknown, despite being a CommonwealthGames gold medalist and unbeaten world title holder.

The recent Ring magazine listings have Geale at number nine with Mundine still ranked as a super middleweight at four.

Boxrec.com's independant rankings have Mundine fourth and Geale fifth.

THE lightweight class is the hottest division in boxing at the moment and an important card dubbed 'Lightweight Lightning' took place in Austin, Texas on Sunday.

Toowoomba's Michael Katsidis 'The Great' (25-2, 21 KOs) bullied home-town fighter, Jesus 'El Matador' Chavez (44-5, 30 KOs) into retirement after the seventh round.

Chavez, a world champion in two divisions, began well by taking the first three rounds before being cut on the forehead in the fourth.

Katsidis took over from there. He landed hard punches in the remaining rounds and had Chavez backing up.

In the fifth, Chavez was slowing down and at the end of round seven he was totally spent. His corner signalled surrender between rounds.

Katsidis used his boxing ability more and he never got cut or hit as often as in his past big fights.

The win puts the Queenslander (now residing in Thailand) again in the picture after back-to-back losses in title fights last year.

He is now mandatory for Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez, the WBO/WBA and the Ring magazine champion.

Going in, Katsidis was rated seven by The Ring. After the win, I'd rank him second.

He would avenge his loses to Joel Cassamayor and Juan Diaz if he got the opportunity.

Commentors might have questioned Chavez's “quitting”, but he's a 36-year-old who's warred with some of the world's best. And the pressure from Katsidis would have told on anyone in the division.

In the main event, Venzualan southpaw Edwin 'Dinamita' Valero made it 25 knock-outs in as many outings, winning the vacant WBC title by stopping Mexican-based Columbian Antonio Pitilua in round two. After a quiet opening heat, Valero produced three knockdowns to see it finish at 49 seconds into the second.

  • IN one for the purists, two of the best southpaw techincians in the game today, Paul Williams and Winky Wright, grace the canvas in the middle-weight division at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Williams, 27, who lives in Augusta, is the best boxer no body knows, plying his trade at present. He is a divsion two WBO champion and has a record of 36-1, 25 KOs.

He won the WBO welterweigh title in 2007, upsetting Antonio Margarito on points, but lost it last year in his first defence to unheralded Carlos Quintana.

Wright, 37, is having his first fight for almost two years (a points loss to Bernard Hopkins at light heavyweight) - and could not have picked a more difficult foe.

But like Wiliams, he's been in the too-hard basket throughout his career, and has to take the tough ones.

  • ON Saturday night at the Beenliegh Tavern, Tweed PCYC middleweight 'Untouchable' Elliot Fres (4-3) scored a good win over Boona's Jason Wilson (9-5). Angle work and better combinations saw Elliot take a 15-9 points verdict after three hard fought rounds.

Light-heavy gym mate Travis 'The Treat' Chambers (1-1) lost a 7-4 decision to Brisbane's Cameron Wheeler (2-1).

Wheeler is trained by former IBF lightweight champion of the world Philip Holiday.

Elliot, Travis and the PCYC's other amateurs Tom Strain and Dwayne Good will next fight at Condong on May 9.



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