Anthony Mundine is facing up to the possibility of walking away from the sport following a damaging loss to American Charles Hatley at the Convention Centre in Victoria.
The 40 year-old former multi-weight world champion was eyeing a place in the WBC tournament to succeed Floyd Mayweather Jr as 154lb title holder until losing badly on home soil for the third time in recent years.
Mundine was almost blasted out in two rounds when Hatley scored a triple knockdown early on, although ‘The Man’ rallied to drop Hatley himself late on. In the eleventh, Mundine went down again and was eventually spared anymore damaging punches by referee Bruce McTavish.
Hatley, moves to 26-1-1 with the win, and looks certain to be included in consideration by the World Boxing Council for their forthcoming competitions.
Blake Caparello made it three straight victories since suffering his only career loss in the USA last year with a unanimous decision win over Luke Sharp.
The super-middleweight was just too cute for his less experienced counterpart and took the win over six rounds to improve to 22-1-1.
In the Super Welterweight co-feature, Anthony Buttigieg claimed a split decision win over Samuel Colomban despite losing a point for a low blow, whilst Ricky Hatton protege Cameron Hammond remained undefeated after taking every round of six from Sahlan Coral. Hammond now boasts a 15-0 record since turning professional and is expected to go for prestigious titles in 2016.
At cruiserweight, Kane Watts stopped Thomas Heads in the sixth to move to 16-2, whilst Lucas Miller shocked debutant Shane Tuck to secure a fourth round knockout triumph.
Also on the bill in Melbourne, Czar Amonsot stopped Wiraphot Phaennarong in the very first round before Qamil Balla decisioned Ben Warburton over six – both at the super lightweight limit.