Mundine vs. Waters on Wednesday
By Jason Kim: Former super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (39-3, 23 KO’s) will continue his practice of fighting mostly domestic opposition on Wednesday night when he takes on fellow Australian Ryan Waters (20-2-2, 12 KO’s) in light middleweight action at the Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.
Mundine, 35, is ranked number #2 by the World Boxing Association and is in a great position to be taking on WBA champion Miguel Cotto in the near future if Mundine is interested. Waters, 31, is ranked number #8 by the WBA, but has fought strictly B level opposition during his career.
It’s hard to see what Mundine’s reasoning is for taking on this obscure opponent, as he’s not well known and not the kind of guy that the 35-year-old Mundine should be fighting at this late stage in his career if he wants to attract attention.
It’s been four years since Mundine fought what you could consider a competitive opponent when he took on Danny Green in 2006. Since then, Mundine has faced largely beatable guys and not ones that would give him too many problems.
It’s unfortunate because Mundine could potentially be one of the biggest stars in boxing right now had he pushed himself by taking on the best fighters in the middleweight, super middleweight and junior middleweight divisions.
Instead, we see Mundine fighting mostly Australian fighters. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good fighters in Australia but he’s missed out on a lot of fighters from other parts of the world.
Mundine should be going after guys like Cotto, Kermit Cintron, Paul Williams, Sergio Martinez, Lucian Bute, Alfredo Angulo, and Sergeii Dzinziruk instead of Waters, Carlos Adan Jerez, Robert Medley, and Alejandro Gustavo Falliga, to name just a few of the kinds of guys Mundine has been fighting lately.