Mosley vs Mundine: Late drama as undercard fights being canceled due to shady matchmaking

Chris Hyde

In order to fill out a full card for today's Shane Mosley vs Anthony Mundine clash in Sydney, organizers went a little cheap, and now the commission is punishing them for that.

Preliminary bout mismatches are nothing new in boxing, and in the United Kingdom especially, it's not rare to see a fighter who has seven or eight wins in as many pro contests face someone with a record reading something like four wins, 30 losses, and six draws.

But Australian officials are currently putting the hammer down on the farcical Shane Mosley vs Anthony Mundine undercard, which is set to begin in just over a half hour at 3:30 am EST.

From the Herald Sun:

The NSW Combat Authority has cancelled the Bilal Akkawy-Jacques Henrisson fight after being made aware of the wild mismatch the contest promised to be.

Akkawy is 7-0 with six knockouts while Henrisson (0-12-2) is yet to register a win in 14 fights.

It is understood the Victorian Combat Authority withdrew its support after being made aware of the quality of Henrisson's opponent.

... The fight promises to be a night of mismatches and barely contestable bouts. Ahmed Dib (9-0) will fight Mike Wanprasent (8-23-1) and, in another mismatch, Sam Ah See (7-0) fights Daniel Roy Maxwell (1-15-1).

Both fights will go ahead while, elsewhere, Dylan Emery (7-0) fights Singkasem Sithkruwin on debut, and they're not even the other fight in question. That would be David Aloua (8-1) versus Mosese Sorovi.

Sorovi is 43 and has fought just five times in the past 13 years, which included an eight year lay-off, and will be an incredible mismatch if it goes ahead. Sorovi is currently unregistered.

"He's trying to get registered at the last minute in Western Australia," Waller said.

Our friends at Aus-boxing.com have this, too:

In sort, this is a first-rate operation and a big-time event.

We have live coverage of whatever's left here.

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