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Anthony Mundine Ducks Austin Trout, Targets Bogus Interim Title

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Anthony Mundine is up to his usual tricks again. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
Anthony Mundine is up to his usual tricks again. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
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Anthony Mundine has apparently decided that a fight with WBA "regular" junior middleweight titlist Austin Trout was too tough, so instead he'll be facing Rigoberto Alvarez for a bogus interim title on September 7 in Australia, according to BoxingScene.com.

This is about as weak and obvious a move as Mundine has made to date, and that's saying something. The WBA currently has Miguel Cotto (in action on December 3) as their "super champion" despite the fact that Cotto holds no other recognized belt (he does hold the essentially fake WBB title), and an active Trout as their "regular champion," but for whatever reason the WBA is sanctioning an interim belt. This is typical practice that we've seen the WBA pull in the featherweight division recently, but it's still absurd.

Add in the fact that Alvarez (27-3, 20 KO) hasn't fought since losing to Austin Trout in February, and it just gets even stupider. This is basically impossible to defend as anything legitimate.