Aussie super welterweight Anthony Mundine has moved to quell talk of an official agreement with American Austin Trout as the pair of former world champions move towards a battle in San Antonio, Texas on May 9.
According to Mundine, a fight with the ex-WBA ruler is close, although ‘Choc’ urged for caution as he says that no contract has yet been signed on his side for what would be an imminent return to the USA after almost three years away.
“Yes, we agreed to terms (with Trout), but I ain’t got the contract yet! Trout may have (his contract, so) that’s why he announced,” explained Mundine.
A statement released by Mundine’s team then added: “I can confirm that the terms of the fight in Texas have been agreed, however we have not received a contract and Anthony is yet to sign anything. Stay tuned and we will release more details in the coming days. At which point there will be a “coordinated and professionally crafted announcement which is expected at the highest levels in boxing.
It’s pretty embarrassing for Trout, unless it’s a plan to try and get under Anthony’s skin. Regardless, it’s already heating up to be a cracking battle and Choc is not phased by the amateur antics of the American or his team.”
Mundine, 39, is on a decent run of form against some good opposition of late having ended the unbeaten run of Sergey Rabchenko in his latest outing in November. ‘The Man’ picked up the WBC silver title at 154lbs with the split decision victory and will hope to push towards a shot at Floyd Mayweather or the vacant green belt if the pound for pound king decides to drop the title.
Prospective opponent Trout has won his last two contests since suffering back-to-back losses, the only two of his career against Erislandy Lara and Saul Alvarez, following on from his career-best result against Miguel Cotto in 2012.
On paper, the fight looks to be a solid one between two seasoned campaigners and should be a good addition to the much-talked about super lightweight clash between Omar Figueroa and Ricky Burns which is also in the works.