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Mundine to go for the kill

By Adrian Warren 04/06/2003 05:53:54 PM Comments (0)

Anthony Mundine plans to adopt a "kill or be killed" mental approach to his super middleweight boxing world title bout with Antwun Echols.

Mundine has been assured the American would be able to travel to Australia despite being charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Echols and Mundine, the first and second ranked World Boxing Association contenders respectively, will fight on August 6 for the title at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, where the Australian made his professional debut in July, 2000.

Mundine will go into camp in Sydney next Wednesday for eight weeks and will only see his wife and three small children on weekends and not at all for the last two weeks.

His manager Khoder Nasser said he had been assured by Echols' attorney Lamont Jones that the American would be allowed to travel to Australia despite being arrested in Illinois on Sunday and charged with a misdemeanor count for unlawful possession of a firearm.

He was cited for not having a valid firearm identification card and driving without a licence.

The incident came just over a week after Echols suffered a bullet wound in an apparent drive-by shooting, but Mundine was sure the American's preparation would not be affected by his recent troubles.

"He's a total professional, he's extremely experienced and I'm sure that's not going to bother him in any way. He's a fighter, he's from the street and he has a mental capacity that is either kill or be killed," Mundine said.

"I've got to have that same sort of mental status in order to be in there and to be ready."

They will meet for the vacant title after the WBA elevated German Sven Ottke to the status of super champion when he added its title to the International Boxing Federation championship he already held.

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