Australian Muslim boxer Anthony Mundine scored a sixth-round technical knockout over Shane Mosley in their World Boxing Association (WBA) international super welterweight title fight Wednesday, the first knockout of any kind for the American Mosley. That is a feat of which the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr, and Oscar de la Hoya cannot boast.
The 42-year-old Mosley decided to quit before the seventh round, citing back spasms. He said he would decide after he returned to the U.S. whether he would retire. â€œWhatâ€™s done is done,â€ Mosley said when asked whether he would fight again.
Mundine, a 38-year-old former rugby player, improved to 45-5 with 26 knockouts at Homebush in western Sydney. Mundine was leading 58-56 on two cards and 60-55 on the third. â€œI was in killer mode, but my heart goes out to Shane, I know heâ€™s a winner,â€ Mundine told the press. â€œHeâ€™s not one to pull out for nothing. Heâ€™s one of the greatest fighters to have ever lived.â€
An indigenous Australian, Mundine converted to Islam in 1999. He has been outspoken in his political views, having been called at one time â€œâ€¦the most polarizing athlete in Australian sports history.â€ And having been such an accomplished rugby player, Mundine was also once called â€œâ€¦arguably the greatest crossover athlete in boxing history.â€ The fight with Mosley was delayed for five weeks over financial issues, including a last-minute cancellation on October 23rd of this year.