Mundine KOs Acosta!
By Ray Wheatley
WBA#1 super middleweight Anthony Mundine (27-3) scored a fourth round knockout over Ruben Acosta (12-2-4) of Argentina at the Newcastle Entertainment Center, Newcastle, NSW, Australia tonight. Acosta came to fight and attacked Mundine from the opening bell but the Australian had too many skills for the importation and controlled the action. At 1:41 of round four, Mundine was crowned the winner by referee Garry Dean after he dropped Acosta with a power left hand rip under the rib cage.
Mundine stated after that he will be fighting for the vacant WBA super middleweight title now Mikkell Kessler has become a super champion holding both WBC and WBA 168 pound titles. Mundine will meet WBA #2 Jeff Lacy or WBA #3 Sam Soliman. (Soliman lost a disputed twelve round split decsion to Mundine in 2001)
In the main supporting bout heavyweight and rugby league football star Lance Thompson (2-1) scored a second round stoppage over Vai Toevai (2-9-2) of New Zealand. Referee Brad Griffiths saved the Toevai from further punishment at 1 minute 59 seconds.
Cruiserweight Jamie Wither (7-0) scored a shutout six round decision over Justin Clements (33-14-2). Withers suffered a cut over his left eye in round two. Scores 60-54, 60-54, and 60-54.
Super middleweight Peter Mitrevski(16-3-1) was given stiff opposition by Komgrit Nanakorn (8-4) of Thailand in the early rounds of there six round contest as the import connected with accurate right jabs. The Australian dropped the Thai in round four with a left hand to the jaw and dominated rounds five and six to win by scores of 59-54, 59-54 and 60-55.
Super middleweight Peter Kazzi (6-1) scored a second round stoppage over Anton Donpradith (0-5) of Thailand. Kazzi dropped Donpradith in round two with a left rip and shortly after the referee crowned Kazzi to save the visitor from further punishment. Time 1 minute 59 seconds.
In a light heavyweight contest former national amateur champion Daniel Baff (3-1) was impressive in scoring a stoppage in round one over Rakeesh Kumarsingh (1-4) of Fiji. Baff hurt his opponent with solid combinations and at 1 minute 50 seconds the referee called it off.
Cruiserweight Wayne Parker jnr (3-0) won a majority four round decision over Dave Dowden (4-19-1). Scores 39-37,39-37 and 38-38