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Austin Trout Negotiating to Fight Anthony Mundine in August

Anthony Mundine could be facing Austin Trout this summer. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Anthony Mundine could be facing Austin Trout this summer. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
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According to Jason Groves at the Las Cruces Sun-News, WBA junior middleweight titlist Austin Trout is negotiating with Australia's Anthony Mundine for a fight in August. Though he's the titleholder, Trout would travel to Australia for the fight, where it can make far more money than anywhere else.

"Most likely, probably, we will fight Mundine next in Australia. He is trying to make history as a three-time WBA world champion and I'm trying to make history of my own. He is a right hander with decent movement. He has a good record but has fought mostly journeymen. It would be good money against a good opponent. It would be a two-time world champion and a great opponent to put on my resume."

I have never been light in my criticism of Mundine (42-4, 25 KO), but this would be a fight that interests me. Trout (23-0, 13 KO) is showing some real balls lately by traveling to where the best fights are, as he's gone to Mexico to defeat Rigoberto Alvarez and David Lopez, and now is open to heading to Australia to fight Mundine. It kind of has to be done -- being from New Mexico, there's only so far he can go as a local draw, and if he's going to get the paydays and be a player, he's going to have to travel. If he keeps winning, he can up his American profile against top opponents in their hometowns here.

As for Mundine being a two-time "world champion," not really. But sure, if that helps them sell the fight.

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