Australian warhorse Anthony Mundine produced a performance thought to be beyond his means as the 39 year-old out-pointed Sergey Rabchenko to claim the WBC silver light-middleweight title.
‘The Man’ was widely tipped to be cannon-fodder for the younger, fresher champion, but pulled off a shock victory in taking Rabchenko into the trenches where the Ricky Hatton-promoted fighter had seldom been.
Rabchenko, 28, dropped a first loss in 26 contests at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, along with his coveted number two ranking with the World Boxing Council – and now has some rebuilding to do before returning.
On the other hand, Mundine has placed himself right in the mix for that huge Stateside clash he craves following a disappointing loss to Joshua Clottey in April, that most thought would have ended his career.
Mundine could well be approached by Hatton over a rematch at some point in the future due to the nature of the 116-112, 115-113 and 113-115 decision which was read out to the delight of the pro-challenger home crowd.
In chief support, heavyweight bruiser Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne scored a 19th stoppage from 22 wins against the out-of-depth Chauncy Welliver, whilst there were also victories for Kyle MacKenzie and Lenny Zappavigna in the tenth and seventh rounds respectively.
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