Mundine takes care of McKart
Anthony Mundine recorded a seventh round stoppage win over 41-year old journeyman Bronco McKart in Las Vegas today, but a publicly stated shot against Floyd Mayweather Jr doesn’t look any closer.
Mundine made his US debut at the Palms, in front of a small crowd, and what could hardly be described as a professional broadcast – amateur would be more accurate.
The Aussie fighter would have been used to much better venues and Mundine watchers treated to better commentators and quality coverage at his previous bouts.
Mundine arrived in the ring, with Native American performers preceding him, and was cagey in the opening rounds. In rounds two and three the 37-year old started to find his feet and it became obvious that McKart had little that was going to trouble the former NRL star.
McKart had been hand-picked as an easy opponent, someone who has taken many shots in his career and had five fights since March 2008, and he did not disappoint.
Mundine used his quick hands and speed to good effect, and McKart seemed to have no answer in the later rounds as the fight progressed.
Then in the seventh round Mundine stepped up his pace and ripped to McKart’s body, dropping him with a right hook, following that up with another knockdown and then the third and final knockdown before the end of the round. Mundine had finished his US debut with a solid but unspectacular win.
Heavyweight legend Larry Holmes was one of the fight commentators and while he was impressed with ‘The Man’s ability, he was dismayed with Mundine’s tendancy to take breaks during rounds and let McKart off the hook.
My verdict? If Mundine wanted to entertain the US crowd, I don’t think he succeeded. Yes he did win, but considering his opponent and the fact he couldn’t secure an early round win, it won’t have set too many people on fire.
Floyd Mayweather Snr was on hand and entered the ring after the fight. When interviewed post-fight he said “Mundine’s chances of facing Floyd are slim to none. Floyd’s the man to meet, if you wanna get beat.” It’s hard to argue with the former boxer.
Mundine clearly has ability but at 37 he is in decline.
He has left his run at the US too late in his career. Mundine says he is in the best shape of his career, but that is a line that all fighters spin. He would have had a better chance of conquering the US at a younger age.
Proving people wrong, though, seems to a love of Mundine’s, and surely he will aim to keep doing it. Fights against someone like Austin Trout would be a much more accurate test of where ‘The Man’ is really at.