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Mundine aims high after beating Brazilian

18/03/2003 06:24:57 AM Comments (0)

Anthony Mundine declared himself "more than ready" for his upcoming super middleweight boxing world title challenge after a devastating first round stoppage of Brazilian Rogerio Cacciatore at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on Monday night.

Mundine, the number two ranked World Boxing Association super middleweight contender, stopped his vastly more experienced Brazilian opponent in just one minute and 44 seconds.

The 27-year-old Australian landed a perfect left-right combination, which dropped his opponent to the floor.

Although Cacciatore beat the count, referee Cyril Cairns deemed the obviously groggy Brazilian unable to continue.

The result improved Mundine's record to 18 wins (14 by KO) and one loss.

Cacciatore, 34, dropped to 28 wins (19 by KO) and seven losses.

With the WBA ruling its super middleweight title vacant after elevating German Sven Ottke to status of super champion, the way is now clear for Mundine to fight another leading contender for the WBA title.

Ottke unified the division with victory over American Byron Mitchell in Berlin last Saturday.

Mundine said negotiations for his second world title shot - he lost to Ottke in December 2001 - could start straightaway.

"I'm more than ready. I want to go overseas for a little bit to come up with quality sparing opponents," Mundine said.

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