Mundine does it
easy by Ray Wheatley
retained his WBA super-middleweight title against rookie Pablo Daniel
Zamora Nievas of Argentina at the Convention Centre in Broadbeach on
Australiaís Gold Coast last night.
Mundine won easily, but after impressive victories over Danny Green and
Sam Soliman, showed little too worry the divisionís top names Joe
Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler.
The Australian (75.5kg) was far too sharp and experienced for Nievas
(75.9kg) who had never gone beyond six rounds in a brief career.
Mundine (29-3, 22 KOs) was brought to the ring on a throne and proved
far too quick for the Argentine (17-2-1), toying with him and landing at
At times it looked like The Man wasnít even trying.
Only Nievasí big heart kept him in the fight.
On the undercard former rugby league destroyer Solomon Haumono (107.35)
scored his 12th KO in 12 fights, blitzing Fijian Mosese Kavika (107.35)
in the first round.
Kavika falls to 16-16-2 (10 KOs).
Haumono is being lined up to fight Aussie rules star Barry Hall.
Also, junior-welterweight Lance Gostelow, who suffered a shock loss to
Guillermo Mosquera in his previous bout last month, stopped usually
rugged Filipino Rolando Gerongco at 1min 57sec of round one.
Gostelow (63.75kg) is now 11-1 (9 KOs).
Gerongco (62.9kg), who boasts a win over former national champ Matthew
Pauley, has scored just one victory in his last 22 fights. He is 13-26
Daniel Baff (81.75kg) dropped Fijian Paula Tuilau (81.5kg) three times
for a stoppage in round two.
Baff is now 7-1 (7 KOs). Tuilau, who hasnít won a fight since 2003,
falls to 14-18-10 (8 KOs).
Cruiserweight Jamie Withers (89.7kg) went to 9-0 (2 KOs) with a
six-round decision over previously unbeaten Anthony McCracken (88.55kg)
who drops to 6-1 (3 KOs)
Former world-rated middleweight Peter Mitrevski Jr (75.95kg) stopped the
much smaller Clinton Simmonds (68.45kg) in round two.
It was Mitrevskiís first fight since a gruelling loss to European
middleweight champ Sebastian Sylvester last December.
Mitrevski is now 17-4-1 (7 KOs). Simmons is 4-19. His last victory was
six years ago.
Mundine sparring partner Peter Kazzi (78.05kg) went to 8-1 (5 KOs) with
a four-round decision over Kiwi Colin Hunia (84.2), who is now 11-9 (2
KOs). Hunia boasts a win over New Zealand ironman Sean Sullivan.
Lightweight hotshot Lenny Zappavigna (61.9kg) scored a first round KO
over Steve Storic (61.2kg).
Zappavigna is now 8-0 (5 KOs) while Storic has fought twice for two
Super-bantamweight Emmett Gazzard (55.25kg) went to 7-0 (5 KOs) with a
four-round decision over New Guineaís Kartu Arang (54.85kg) who has had
five fights for three losses and two draws.