Mundine wins nod and gets boos
By David Douse at Ringside (May 29, 2008) Doghouse Boxing  
On Wednesday night at Melbourne's Vodafone arena WBA super-middleweight strap holder Anthony Mundine 32-3 (23) retained his belt with a hard-fought and largely unpopular unanimous points decision over challenger Sam Soliman 35-11 (13). It was the third meeting between the two with Mundine making it three wins out of three meetings.

Solimon began the fight in his usual all action and somewhat frenetic style, clearly having the better of the
opening rounds but seemed to tire somewhat between rounds five and eight with Mundine coming on a little strong stronger in the middle rounds. Soliman then seem to gain a second wind and, and this writer's opinion, had the better of the last three rounds with Mundine appearing frustrated at his inability to land his big right hand on Soliman and perhaps appearing a little one-dimensional in his determination to take out Soliman as he had promised.

Each man raised his hand in anticipation of victory at the end of the fight and a very excited Soliman clearly felt that he had done enough to win, a feeling shared by the vast majority of the extremely vocal audience. Unfortunately for Soliman it was not to be and the judges had it 116-112 twice and 117-112 in the champion’s favour.

Overall I scored seven rounds to five in Soliman's favour feeling that Sam took four out of the first five with his extremely high workrate and three out of the last seven. The ever likeable Melbourne-based Soliman must now be wondering
what boxing holds for him in the future as his opportunities for the bigger paydays must now be dwindling.

On a good quality undercard Melbourne-based Nigerian born welterweight Oyewale Omotoso scored another knockout win – his sixth in seven fights – in the fourth and last round of a good contest which showcased both his excellent boxing skills and speed and the extraordinary toughness of his Thai opponent, Komsak Sithkrupon, who gamely withstood an extraordinary amount of heavy fire before finally succumbing.

Omotoso put on a display of high quality punching which he unfortunately marred a little bit with some unnecessary showboating which backfired on him somewhat when he fell heavily on the slippery canvas whilst executing an Ali shuffle in the third round. Soon recovering from his embarrassment Omotoso quickly became all business once again, closing out the fight in good style.

In a light heavyweight contest for the PABA light heavyweight belt local favourite Daniel ‘Porky’ Lovett 16-3 (10) was businesslike and efficient in dispatching his extremely game Kane McKay 8-3-2 (4) in the fourth round. Although the fight was stopped because of an extremely bad cut suffered by McKay (ruled to have been caused by a punch, although I thought it came from a head clash) Lovett had dominated the contest, particularly with his fine body punching, and having significantly raised the pace of the fight in the fourth round, looked to be heading for an inside the distance win in any case.

In other results heavy-handed Kerry Foley 7-0 (6) made short work of Kashif Mumtaz 0-5 (1), dropping him once apiece in the first two rounds and stopping him in the second. In his first fight in eighteen months Ahmed Elomar 13-1-2 (6) was surprisingly stopped by Ariel Omongos 6-13 (5) in the fourth round of a shceduled four round bout. In the opening contest Frank LoPorto 7-3-2 (4) made short work of debutante Sudesh Sharma, stopping him in the first.

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