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Trout Fires Back at Mundine Over Backing Out Claims

The problem with former world champion Anthony Mundine's claims that he is being ducked by WBA Light Middleweight champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout is that when Mundine's people backed out of the fight, they did it in writing.

Trout (23-0, 13 KOs) and his promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, say they are aggravated and disgusted by Mundine's fraudulent claims that it was them who backed out of a proposed fight. Mundine recently announced a deal to face Rigoberto Alvarez on September 21 for the WBA interim championship.

"I don't mind he ducked me to fight somebody else, but don't go to the press and say it's the other way around. At least let's be honest if you don't want to fight me," said a still incredulous Trout. "Fight me or admit it's you who doesn't want to fight. Stop pretending. I'll fight you any time."

"We'd be happy to furnish the emails from his manager/promoter," adds Cohen. "We came to an agreement and I said 'are we in agreement on this, this, this and this? He said 'all good.' I sent the contract and didn't hear from him until I got another email saying 'the new WBA rankings just came out and Anthony has moved from #3 to #1, so we're backing out of the deal. In the deal we came up with, I was only getting one option on Mundine, but they didn't want to give us any options. Now that their guy is the mandatory, they don't have to give us options. So, they made a business decision and backed out... how Anthony Mundine then comes up with these outlandish stories about us changing contracts and hiding from him and all this other stuff is beyond me."

Trout, who successfully defended his title against Sonora, Mexico's David "The Destroyer" Lopez (40-13, 23 KOs) on June 11 at the Auditorio Miguel Barragan in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, has been actively looking for a worthy foe for his elective title defense and says it's crazy to suggest he's avoiding anyone.

"I'll still fight him as a mandatory. I don't care. I'll fight him any time. If he wants to duck me, that's up to him, but don't blame it on me and try to tarnish my reputation. I'm not avoiding anyone. I'm right here saying let's get it on! I will fight anyone, anywhere, call my promoter to make your offer!"

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bomb_onya_Madre on 08-17-2011

thats funny in his own article he says we wanted an option now hes the mandatory and he dont have options c'mon now whos the fraud he said hed fight him in dec so he doesnt have to give him…

Comment by sebastianb7312 on 08-17-2011

Who cares? Really? Trout is gna be done soon, guy is garbage and so is Mundine...Really? Mundine lost to Garth Wood by KO.... LOL!Than he beat him barely by a UD...There just fighting for Australia not for the belt... They're…

Comment by khan96 on 08-17-2011

im sure mundine was fighting at super-middleweight not so long ago,so how is it hes now at super-welterweight

Comment by adamk1304 on 08-17-2011

How the hell has Mundine managed to get down to 154 at this stage in his career? He could be putting his health at risk stepping into the ring.

Comment by kokingbill on 08-17-2011

Oh and Mike Lee...For the love of God... No more!

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