Aussie boxer Anthony Mundine is confident he made a serious statement in Las Vegas yesterday as he chases a dream showdown with unbeaten superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mundine enjoyed a comprehensive technical-knockout victory over veteran Bronco McKart in his first fight on American soil to become the IBF North American middleweight champion.
He then instantly turned his attention to the world's best pound-for-pound fighter, Mayweather, seeking out members of the 35-year-old's entourage to talk up his chances. Mundine spoke to rap star 50 Cent, a friend of Mayweather's, and told him he wanted a shot in the future.
"He and the Money Team [Mayweather's entourage] came to watch me fight," Mundine said after the fight at the Palms Resort Casino.
"As I was walking out, we ran into [50 Cent] and he called me over. He realised I was Mundine because there was a lot of talk [about me] at their gym.
"I told him 'I've got mad respect for Floyd - he's the best - but hopefully I'll beat some of the fighters and we'll fight'. And he said 'yeah, we'll talk, we'll do business'."
Mayweather is currently serving an 87-day prison sentence for domestic abuse, but father Floyd Mayweather Sr appeared to dash any hopes Mundine had of a monster payday, when he told the Australian he wasn't ready to fight his son.
Mayweather Sr instead directed Mundine towards former WBA light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, though Mundine was impressed to simply gain some attention in the lucrative American market.
"Cotto's not in the Floyd class," Mayweather Sr said in the ring afterwards. "I think you'd better take Cotto, you'd be a better chance
"I'm telling him the truth. Floyd's the man to meet if he wants to get beat."
Mundine led from start to finish, before really gaining control in the fifth round, when he landed a serious body shot that sent McKart reeling into the ropes. He then unleashed a barrage of vicious right uppercuts in the seventh round, knocking his veteran opponent to the canvas three times before the American's corner threw in the towel.
"I was clinical, tactical and I just totally dismantled him," Mundine added. "I was devastating at the end."
It was a serious statement about his intentions in the US and Mundine said that was always his goal with this fight.
"I did what I had to do. I came to conquer and I wanted to make a statement.
"McKart's not at my level. He's a good fighter, but he's not at my level."