Anthony Mundine vs Tommy Browne Preview January 17th
There’s an intriguing domestic bout down under this Wednesday, January 17th as former world champion Anthony Mundine will be meeting fellow Australian Tommy Browne for the vacant WBO Oriental Middleweight Title at the Star City Hotel and Casino in Pyrmont. Mundine’s last outing was a long-awaited rematch with Danny Green last February and he dropped a 10-round majority decision at a catch weight of 186.2 lbs. The two originally met in 2006 with Mundine winning a 12-round unanimous decision. Browne’s last contest was a 10-round unanimous decision over Sirimongkhon Iamthuam in October.
Mundine vs Browne Betting Odds
- Tommy Browne +235
- Anthony Mundine -275
The 42-year-old Mundine has a record of 47-8 with 27 Kos and is a former three-time world champion at junior middleweight and super middleweight. However, his last fight was fought as cruiserweight. Mundine has pretty good speed even at his advanced age and is also defensively sound. He turned pro in 2000 and has 457 rounds under his belt. He stands 5-feet-11-inches tall and has a 70-inch reach. He possesses average power with a current knockout ratio of 49 per cent. However, he definitely outmatches Browne when it comes to experience as he’s taken on some good opposition over the years.
Mundine has beaten the likes of Shane Mosley, Bronco McKart, Rigoberto Alvarez, Xavier Toliver, Daniel Geale, Shannon Taylor, Garth Wood, and Antwun Echols, as well as beating Sam Soliman three times. His seven losses have been against Green, Sven Ottke, Manny Siaca, Mikkel Kessler, Garth Wood, Daniel Geale, Joshua Clottey and Charles Hatley. Ottke and Hatley were the only two to stop him. He’s getting long in the tooth now though and has lost three of his last four fights and four of his last six.
Browne is 34 years old and has fought only regional opposition up until now and has won a few minor and regional titles. His younger brother Davey Browne was originally hoping to take on Mundine, but tragically died two years at the age of 28 ago after being stopped in the 12th and final round by Carlo Magali in September, 2015. Like Mundine, Tommy Browne has also fought in several different weight classes as hes gone all the way from featherweight up to middleweight. He’ll be climbing into the ring with a record of 35-6-2 with 13 Kos.
Most of Browne’s opponents won’t be recognized by the average boxing fan other than Chris John and In-Jin Chi, who both beat him. Browne’s chin isn’t too bad as he’s been stopped just twice, once by John in the 10th round in 2005 and by Leonardo Zappavigna in the sixth stanza in 2008. Browne turned pro back in 2002 and has fought 281 rounds since then. However, he was inactive between December of 2008 and December of 2013. A total of 24 of Browne’s 43 opponents have entered the ring with losing records and he’s struggled when moving up in class.
Browne may be the naturally smaller boxer when it comes to weight, but he’s the same height as Mundine at 5-foot-11 and has a 75-inch reach which gives him a five-inch edge in that department. Browne doesn’t have much in the way of power though with a current knockout ratio of just 30 per cent. Mundine, a former professional rugby League player, needs to get past Browne here as he’s hoping to land a shot at fellow Australian Jeff Horn, who’s the current WBO Welterweight Champion.
These guys are past their prime, but it should do good business down in Australia. Mundine is used to fighting in the heavier weight divisions and that could be a big factor. He may be eight years older, but has much more power and experience. Mundine should have enough left in the tank to beat Browne and if he doesn’t then it’s time for him to hang up the gloves.
Mundine should have enough left for the win.
Play: Mundine -275 @ BetOnline.ag
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