Mundine stops brave Dowling in three
By Anthony Cocks, Site Editor (October 14, 2004) 
Anthony 'The Man' Mundine
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony 'The Man' Mundine kept his hopes of regaining his world title alive with a third round TKO of Australian super middleweight champion Juarne Dowling at the Carrara Sports Stadium on the Gold Coast, Queensland, on Wednesday night.

"I came to fight tonight," Mundine, 22-2 (17), explained after the fight. "That was the only thing on my mind."

29-year-old Mundine, who lost his world title to Puerto Rican Manny Siaca in May, started slowly in the first round but picked up the pace in the second.

Utilizing his cobra-like jab, Mundine was able to control the action from the outside and set up his sneaky right hand. Dowling's wide guard presented an inviting target for Mundine's lightning fast uppercuts and the former St George-Illawarra rugby league player took full advantage of the openings.

Mundine continued to dominate in the third round with his superior hand speed and sharper punching. Midway through the round a well-timed right hand from Mundine caught Dowling right on the button and sent the 25-year-old Queenslander crashing to the canvas.

Almost immediately Mundine's cornermen climbed through the ropes, incorrectly assuming the fight was about to be stopped. Although there were certainly grounds to disqualify Mundine for his cornermen's infraction, referee Phil Austin simply instructed them to leave the ring and began the count.

Dowling, 12-3 (5), was back on his feet at eight and the fight was allowed to continue.

The knockdown seemed to wake up Dowling, who took the fight to Mundine and let his hands go. Unfortunately for Dowling, Mundine was still able to land the crisper, harder shots, including lead uppercuts almost at will. After about a minute of trading punches, Dowling, whose national title was not on the line, stopped firing back and referee Phil Austin decided to halt the action at 2:19 of the round.

"I caught him with a good punch," Mundine said of the knockdown. "Juarne came to fight and came to win but he didn't see my right hand. I thought he wasn't going to get up, but he's a warrior."

Mundine's next fight is expected to be against the winner of the WBA world title fight between champion Manny Siaca and Danish challenger Mads Larsen scheduled to take place in Copenhagen on November 12th.

Also on the card heavyweight Garth Murray out-hustled Lance Thompson over four rounds in a battle of novice heavyweights. Talented junior welterweight Naoufel Ben Rabah has too much class for his overmatched Thai opponent Pongpetch Muangsurin, stopping him in the third round of a scheduled six. Fighting at middleweight Daniel Dawson dispatched another Thai, Bancha Phonklang, with a savage right cross in the first round of their six rounder. Nigerian expatriate Roger Izonritei stopped Nathan Briggs with a body shot in the fourth round of a scheduled eight at heavyweight. Les Sherrington earned the nod after six rounds with Tim Minnis, while middleweight Stephen Ng stopped Fabrice Hona in the second round of their four round contest.
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