In the next set of paragraphs, we try to give you the best of the bunch – as quick as we possibly can – and with that we approach our Weekend Shortlist. We understand the irony of this in the sense that the following paragraphs are based on a card that took place on a Wednesday night, anyway, here it is.
Unlike many of the opponents Mundine has faced in recent years, Clottey came to Newcastle to fight and in particular – he came to win. Twelve rounds and five heavy knockdowns later, Clottey put the light-middleweight division on notice. Funnily enough, Clottey was served to Mundine as a platter for what seemed to be a potential fight with stablemate and WBO light-middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade.
Given his recent inactivity, critics were right in their original skepticism of Clottey’s form as one non-title fight in three years is hardly ideal preparation. With that said, Mundine’s agent Brendan Bourke had agreements in place with Clottey and his promoter Joe DeGuardia as early as January. It was obvious early on that an upset was on the cards as Clottey put in a vintage performance, that was arguably his best since dropping a razor-thin decision to Miguel Cotto.
Brad Pitt: When he is motivated and offensively on song, Brad Pitt is without a doubt one of the best cruiserweights in the world. For three-and-a-half rounds, Pitt made David Aloua look second-rate. Pitt landed at will and looked to be on his way to yet relatively easy victory.
That said, boxing is a funny old game. Despite Pitt having easily routed Daniel Ammann, the only man to beat Aloua, it was the Kiwi who ended up with the OPBF/WBA Pan African and WBO Asia Pacific titles. Aloua countered a lazy Pitt jab with a short right-hook that sent the Victoria-based Pitt to the canvas face first.
Pitt is still an incredibly talented prospect who does have a future in the sport and in the right fights, he still has the potential to make anyone in the cruiserweight division look ordinary.
Anthony Mundine: He’s highly maligned and controversial, but he put in one hell of a courageous performance. Mundine, 38, was essentially beaten from pillar to post, not to mention five definitive knockdowns and somehow managed to hold on for twelve grueling rounds. Arguably at his prime at super middleweight, a slimmer light-middleweight version of ‘The Man’ doesn’t appear to offer anywhere near as much resistance.
Battered and beaten, Anthony Mundine left the ring inside of a gaunt Newcastle Entertainment Centre to a chorus of cheers. This time, the cheers weren’t from a section of a sold-to-capacity audience, nor was it a select portion of the arena – this time around – they all showed their appreciation. It appeared as if Anthony Mundine had won more fans in defeat than he had in any victory.
In the days following the one-sided loss, Mundine has spoken encouragingly of his performance and appears adamant that he will continue, although his days as a legitimate contender appear to be almost certainly behind him.
David Aloua: The talented Kiwi has always been regarded as a genuine prospect. But since his one-sided points loss to Daniel Ammann, Aloua had been unfairly labelled as a one dimensional fighter. Aloua has quietly gone about his business since, working on his game with a stack of talented fighters – most notably Blake Caparello in Melbourne.
In spite of this, many still thought Aloua and his team were biting off more than they could chew when they signed to fight Pitt, who was without a doubt the best cruiserweight domestically. It took Aloua four rounds and a bit of swelling to overcome, but he made a statement in impressive fashion.
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