Mundine Stops Soliman in 9, Wins WBA Title

SYDNEY, Australia — Anthony Mundine won the vacant World Boxing Association super middleweight title Wednesday, stopping fellow Australian Sam Soliman in the ninth round.

Mundine knocked Soliman down once in the second round and twice in the ninth round before referee Stanley Christodoulou intervened at 2:26 of the ninth.

It was a decisive and impressive performance by the 31-year-old Mundine, who improved to 28-3 with 22 knockouts. Soliman fell to 33-9 with 13 knockouts.

Mundine won a controversial split decision over Soliman in 2001. Two judges scored the bout for Mundine 116-114 and 115-113 while the third had Soliman ahead 115-113. Many of the pro-Soliman fans in the crowd booed the decision at the time, throwing bottles and debris into the ring.

Both boxers had improved since then. After losing his first world title shot against Sven Ottke in December 2001, Sydney-based Mundine beat American Antwun Echols to win the WBA world title on points in September 2003.

Mundine then lost the title to Manny Siaca in May 2004 after one successful defense, then lost on points to WBA champion Mikkel Kessler in June 2005.

Soliman had won 21 of 22 bouts going into Wednesday's fight against Mundine.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dumdane on 03-08-2007

[QUOTE=SHB;2203445]Once again you prove just how ignorant you are about Calzaghe's career and boxing. Slightly surprising result in terms of Mundine dominating and getting the KO. If the stories of him campaigning at middleweight are true he could have a…

Comment by SHB on 03-08-2007

[QUOTE=dumdane;2201654]Would be rather funny if Joe opted to persue a fight with Mundine for the regular WBA-belt while staying well clear of the "so-called Unified WBA-champ" - Kessler. Would be a very interesting fight all the same. I don't believe…

Comment by brently1979 on 03-08-2007

[QUOTE=Hitman932;2203213]he outlanded winky wright too[/QUOTE] I think if he didn't get tagged with the right early he may have won on points.

Comment by Hitman932 on 03-08-2007

[QUOTE=brently1979;2203062]Regardless Sam out landed Mundine.[/QUOTE] he outlanded winky wright too

Comment by brently1979 on 03-07-2007

Regardless Sam out landed Mundine.

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