Man wants slice of Pav
(by Bernie Pramberg - news.com.au)
NEW IBO world middleweight champion Anthony Mundine has brushed aside suggestions of a rematch with Tasmanian Daniel Geale, preferring to take on US dual titleholder Kelly Pavlik.
"We're looking at Kelly Pavlik later in the year and I think he would be an easier fight than Daniel Geale gave me on Wednesday night," Mundine said yesterday.
"Pavlik is there to be hit. That's the way he fights."
Pavlik, who has a 35-1 record with 31 knockouts, holds the WBC and WBO middleweight titles. His only loss was a points decision to Bernard Hopkins in October.
Mundine has never fought in the US and it was thought he would prefer to chase IBF champion Arthur Abraham or WBA champion Felix Sturm for a title bout in Germany.
"I don't care where I fight. I'll take on any champion," he said.
Mundine pondered a rematch against Geale, but scoffed at suggestions he again fight Danny Green.
"Where's Green on the map? Tell him to go out and beat somebody," he said.
Mundine was full of respect for Geale who produced a sterling effort to lose a split decision and his IBO world title. The bout drew more than 8000 to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the biggest boxing crowd in the city for more than 20 years.
"I'd be glad for a rematch, but he was the champ and I took his belt. I've beaten everybody here. I want to move on to bigger and better things," Mundine said.
"The Man" silenced those who said he would be weakened by wasting to make the middleweight limit.
"You saw how strong I was all the way through. I knew it would take that to beat Geale because he throws a lot of punches and works the angles well," Mundine said.
"But I beat him with my precision punching and power."
Geale, 28, was gallant in defeat, saying the knockdown early in the second round had proved costly.
"That worried me a bit and the judges probably start looking at the other guy," Geale said.
"Maybe that swayed things a bit, but I have to let the judges do their job and be happy with the result. You can't complain about things."
Two judges scored the fight to Mundine, 115-113 and 114-113, while American Richard Green went for Geale 114-113.
"That's only my 22nd fight and I'm still learning," Geale said. "I have to get back in the gym and start working on things. It was a good, hard fight but I have a lot of improving to do."