Mundine explains Jones opponent choice, aims for WBA belt before Mayweather
Two-weight world champion Anthony Mundine has decided to keep himself busy whilst he awaits another chance at a recognised title as the ‘The Man’ battles Carson Jones on January 29.
The 38 year-old is not going to wait for a call from one of the 154lb champions to come after his win over Shane Mosley in November and outlined his thinking behind facing rugged American Jones at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland.
“I never put too much thought into it. I Just line em’ up and knock them down,” Mundine told World Boxing News.
“Carson a seasoned fighter with good cred and he is the best guy we could get in such short time. I think he a solid opponent and will give boxing fans a good fight, but I am going to continue to prove that I am cut from another cloth and I belong in with the very best.”
Mundine is hoping an extended winning streak will produce the high-profile opponent he craves in the twilight of his career, with his ultimate dream being a pay-per-view blockbuster with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I have my goal this year and that is to be 154lb WBA world champion,” stated Mundine. “I have got to continue to be victorious on my way to becoming champion again.
“I’ll be the first to become world champ in three weight classes descending, which will prove that I am the pioneer when my mind is on the job.
“I was the first to stop (Sam) Soliman, the first to stop (Shane) Mosley and I’ll be the first to beat Mayweather given the opportunity!
“I just want to fight the best! Pacman and Mayweather are my goal, but the world title must come first.”
That WBA belt in question is currently held by Erislandy Lara following his impressive win over Austin Trout last year and Mundine knows nothing but an impressive win over Jones will do to keep any hopes alive.
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