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Mundine claims he was 'robbed' in title fight
By Erin Tennant, ninemsn with AAP
06:30 AEST Thu Jan 31 2013

With his boxing career in tatters, Anthony Mundine remained defiant about losing to IBF middleweight title defender Daniel Geale last night.

In pics: Geale beats Mundine in rematch

Sitting on top of a public bathroom counter in his boxing shorts after the big bout, Mundine kept shaking his head at the loss in an exclusive interview with the Nine Network's Ken Sutcliffe.

"A fighter knows when he's dictating the fight and winning a fight. And I saw in his eyes. He knew he lost," Mundine said.

"I was robbed."

The 37-year-old suggested officials had conspired against him, handing the fight to his younger opponent, who was declared the winner in a unanimous points decision in front of a packed Sydney Entertainment Centre.

"I told you from before the fight, I said they're gonna rob me. I said I'm going to beat him. The fans gonna judge it and they're gonna rob me. And that's exactly what happened," he said.

"And then when [the judges] made the decision - they took their time in making it - I was like, 'Man!,'" he said.

Two judges scored the bout 117-111 and the other 116-112.

Geale told reporters he wasn't surprised Mundine had said he was robbed of the decision.

"It's what you'd expect," the world champion said.

But he added that Mundine still had good speed and skill: "He's a great defensive fighter, you can't take anything away from him."

Observers said Mundine landed several right-hand shots during the bout but could not match Geale's work rate.

The packed crowd provided a stirring vocal backdrop as the two highly skilled fighters each strove to gain an advantage.

Geale, 31, was the first to land some shots, though Mundine did briefly back him up against the ropes and caught the champion with a good right to the head in the closing seconds of a cagey opening round.

Both men looked to assert themselves through the jab, but neither landed many scoring power punches in the second round.

Mundine was twice cautioned for use of his head during the third round, in which Geale did well early before the challenger lifted towards the end of the round.

The fourth round featured some exciting inside exchanges with both men scoring, though Geale had a slight edge in work rate.

Geale probably shaded the fifth and sixth rounds with greater punch volume, but Mundine still caught the champion occasionally with a right hand, without landing follow-up blows.

In round seven, Geale was warned for punching to the back of the head.

Mundine got his supporters chanting his name with a good flurry in the eighth, which drew only a smile from the champion.

Geale started the ninth in strong fashion, but Mundine came on strong in the last minute.

The champion pressed the pace in the tenth and maintained his edge through to the end.


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