The two contenders for the World Boxing Association's middleweight title are in final training in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The two contenders for the World Boxing Association's middleweight title are in final training in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The title bout - between reigning champion Carlos Monzon, of Argentina, and Australian Tony Mundine - will be fought in Buenos Aires' Luna Park Stadium on 5 October.
Monzon won the world middleweight championship from Italian Nino Benvenuti in Rome in November, 1970. He was awarded the fight on a technical knock-out in the 12th round. Since then he has successfully defended the title nine times.
However, his right to the title is in dispute. The WBA's rival, the World Boxing Council, has, in fact, stripped Monzon of the title - causing ructions in the boxing world.
Tony Mundine, 23, is Australian and British Commonwealth champion. At an impromptu news conference in Buenos Aires, he told reporters, "Titles are won in the ring....and Monzon is the world champion."
Mundine's sparring partner is the Argentine boxer, Antonio Aguilar, whome he defeated in Australia in 1972.
Initially, the Australian was given an outside chance of taking the title from Monzon. However, his inglorious defeat by Benny Briscoe, of the United States, in Paris earlier this year dimmed his reputation.
SYNOPSIS: World middleweight champion Carlos Monzon will defend his title against Australian Tony Mundine here at Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, on 5 October.
Monzon's title is in dispute. He is official champion according to the World Boxing Association, but its rival - the World Boxing Council - has stripped him of his title. Monzon took the title from Italian Nino Benvenuti in Rome in nineteen seventy. And since then he has successfully defended it nine times.
Monzon's trainer Amilcar Brusa was at the Stadium on Wednesday (25 September) to supervise the champion's training session. Monzon looked impressive in his sparring bouts with partner, Bob Rolle, from the united States.
Monzon's opponent also has a heavy training schedule to prepare for the title bout. Twenty-three-year-old Mundine is the Australian and British Commonwealth champion.
Mundine had been considered a possible successor to Monzon earlier in the year. However, his poor showing against Benny Briscoe in Paris dimmed his reputation. Briscoe knocked Mundine out in the fifth round of their scheduled twelve-round bout.
Both Mundine and his trainer, Ern McQuillan, support the World Boxing Association's stand on the Monzon controversy. Mundine told newsmen during a break in training, "Titles are won in the ring...and Monzon is world champion."
Mundine is no stranger to his sparring partner, Argentine Antonio Aguilar. He defeated Aguilar in Australia in nineteen seventy-two.