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Anthony Mundine gets past Robert Medley in Australia

Anthony Mundine won again in Australia today.
Anthony Mundine won again in Australia today.
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Middleweight contender and former super middleweight titlist Anthony Mundine won a unanimous decision over former welterweight title challenger and fringe contender Robert Medley in Sydney this morning. Official scores were 117-113, 117-112 and a terribly indecisive 117-115 card.

The bout was originally meant to be at 154 pounds, with Mundine to fight for the lightly-regarded IBO title, which would have given him the right to say -- at least in his world -- that he'd won world titles at 168, 160 and 154. He held a legit recognized title at 168 (WBA), and won the IBO title against Daniel Geale at 160 pounds last year.

But Mundine couldn't make the weight, no matter what stories he wants to concoct about beefs with the IBO, and the fight was pushed up to 160 pounds. He still says he's going to win a title at 154, but he says a lot of things. He says he's like Manny Pacquiao, which drew laughs from around the boxing world this week, and he's been going on about taking world-class fights for years now, while instead bumbling around with the likes of Medley, Sam Soliman (who he'd already beaten two times), Shannan Taylor, Crazy Kim and Nader Hamdan, among others.

The win means little and gets Mundine absolutely no closer to major fights at 154, 160 or 168 than he was yesterday, but he did win. He hasn't lost a fight since a lopsided 2005 defeat against Mikkel Kessler, but then again the only two fights he's taken with any serious risk since then have been Danny Green and Geale.

Mundine (38-3, 23 KO) is said to be set to face Garth Wood (7-1, 3 KO), a 31-year-old Cinderella story who won the Australian Super Middleweight Contender series. Wood beat Kariz Kariuki on the card in Sydney. Medley falls to 27-3 (17).

Other Results from Sydney:

Wood SD-7 Kariuki
Junior Talipeau TD-1 Nader Hamdan
Scott Lewis TKO-3 Carl Webb (Webb is an Aussie rugby player who was making his boxing debut)

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