Mundine defeats Alvarez, captures the WBA light middleweight interim title
By Jason Kim: Former two-time WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (43-4, 25 KO’s) defeated Rigoberto Alvarez (27-4, 20 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision to captured the interim World Boxing Association junior middleweight title on Wednesday night at the Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. The final judges’ scores were 114-113, 117-111 and 117-111.
Mundine boxing beautifully, landing combinations and hard right hands to control the 33-year-old Alvarez. Mundine also was quite effective with his powerful, which he used to keep the hard hitting Alvarez from getting too close to land his own big shots.
Alvarez, ranked #4 by the WBC, is the older brother of WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez. He’s not quite as smooth as Saul is but showed he showed good power on the occasions that he was able to land against Mundine.
To his credit, Mundine took the shots well and didn’t fold up like he did last year when he was shockingly taken out in the 5th round by inexperienced Garth Wood in December 2010. Mundine has since avenged that loss in beating Wood in a rematch by a 10 round decision last April.
The win now puts the 36-year-old Mundine in great position to get a fight against the WBA regular junior middleweight champion Austin Trout in 2012. Mundine has a great chance of beating Trout and picking up another belt.