By Adrian Warren
There's less of him to see but Anthony Mundine now expects everyone to see more of him as he continues his pursuit of boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather after defeating Shane Mosley.
Mundine established himself as a legitimate contender with his sixth-round TKO victory over the multiple world title winner in Sydney on Wednesday night.
The victory in his 50th professional fight earned Mundine the biggest scalp of his career and the WBA International super welterweight title, which should boost his current ranking of 10th.
Mosley was unable to continue after the sixth round after suffering a severe back spasm.
Referee Raul Caiz Sr called the fight off on the recommendation of vastly-experienced and respected ringside doctor Lou Lewis.
While the stoppage angered some of the crowd who weren't close enough to witness Mosley's distress, there was no doubt Mundine had already taken control of the fight from the third round.
Mosley said he believed he was behind on the cards, which was the case, with two judges having Mundine ahead by two points and the other by five.
WBA champion and pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather remains Mundine's ultimate target, though he believes he may have to first beat at least one of two recent champions, Miguel Cotto and Saul Alvarez, who are ranked third and fourth respectively.
He plans to be more active following the longest spell between bouts of his 13-year professional career.
"This was 10 months or so since my last fight so I want to fight every four or five max," said Mundine, who is prepared to have his next fight overseas if necessary.
"I want to shoot for the best, if I can't get the best in that time I'll fight someone who is decent enough, who can give me a good competitive fight."
Mundine proved on Wednesday he could excel in a division in which he has previously struggled to make the weight.
Having played rugby league at about 85kg, he spent most of his career at super middleweight (76.2kg limit) but has to get down 69.85kg for super welterweight.
"I felt really good," Mundine said. "Looked strong, had plenty of energy and I was getting stronger as the fight was going longer. The more I stay at this weight the stronger I'm going to get."
Mosley said he wasn't sure whether the win would open doors for Mundine in the United States, the global centre of the sport.
"He's up in age like I am, sometimes if you look good sometimes the fighters don't want to fight you," Mosley said.
It was the first time in his 20-year career Mosley hadn't gone the distance and he said he would decide whether to keep going after going home and watching tape of the fight.
Asked where the Mosley fight ranked among all his wins, Mundine said: "It was probably the most important. It was definitely the most important fight at this time of my career."Tags: Shane Mosley , Anthony Mundine