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  • Anthony Mundine vs Michael Zerafa predictions for March 13 WBO Oceania title fight
  • Mundine is a 2-time World Champion
  • Zerafa is WBA 9th ranked middleweight
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Dan Hunter 11 Mar 2021
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Michael Zerafa vs Anthony Mundine Tips


Australia’s Anthony “The Man” Mundine returns the ring one more time to take on countryman Michael “Pretty Boy” Zerafa in a ten round bout for the WBO Oceania middleweight title on Saturday, March 13. 

The 45-year-old Mundine is never far from controversy and has consistently divided the Aussie boxing public throughout his 20-year ring career. However in terms of world titles captured, big fights won and millions of dollars earned, Mundine is by far and away Australia’s most successful boxer ever. 

Many Australian boxing fans are fearful that Mundine is risking his health with yet another comeback; “The Man” hasn’t been “The Man” for some time now, and he has lost four of his last five fights. However Mundine is adamant that he still has enough left to handle Zerafa. 

However, Zerafa is an excellent boxer-puncher with slick skills not unlike those of UK prospect Josh Kelly. I’m backing the younger, fresher, faster and more powerful Zerafa to TKO Mundine in five rounds.
 
  • Mundine is a former 2 x WBA super middleweight champion 
  • Mundine has beaten Shane Mosley, Danny Green and Sergey Rabchenko 
  • Zerafa is 27-4 with 16 Kos
  • Zerafa KO’d ex-WBO welterweight champ Jeff Horn 

Head to Head


Anthony Mundine and Michael Zerafa have never faced each other in the ring as professionals or as amateurs. However they share a common opponent in former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn. Horn famously defeated the legendary Manny Pacquiao in front of 52,000 Aussies at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane in 2017. 

After losing his title to Terence Crawford, Horn stepped up to middleweight and on his 160 lb debut in 2018 he flattened Mundine in a round with a tremendous left hook. 

In 2019 Zerafa challenged Horn, stopping him in nine one-sided rounds. Four months later the two fought again, and this time Horn won a majority decision over Zerafa in a thrilling encounter. 

Anthony Mundine Form & Stats


45-year old Anthony Mundine (48-10, 28 KOs) began his sporting career in rugby league, playing professionally for several top teams in Australia’s NRL (National Rugby League) and becoming the highest paid player in the league. 

It was therefore a huge surprise to Australian sports fans when in 2000 at the age of twenty-five years old and at his peak as a rugby player, Mundine decided to turn his back on that sport and instead follow in his father’s footsteps and become a professional boxer (Tony Mundine fought the great Carlos Monzon for the world middleweight title in 1974), with his dad employed as his trainer.  

Despite a lack of amateur experience, Mundine proved to be a natural boxing talent, quickly establishing himself as a highly skilful defensive fighter. Mundine was fast-tracked, and after 12 bouts and little more than a year as a pro, he challenged Germany’s Sven Ottke for his IBF super middleweight title, and was knocked out in the tenth round. 

Two years and eight wins later, in 2003 Mundine outpointed Antwun Echols to win the WBA super middleweight title. A string of lucrative pay-per-view fights in Australia followed before Mundine lost his title in 2005 to Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler.

In 2007, Mundine KO’d Sam Soliman in nine rounds to regain the WBA 168 lb title. After four more defences, Mundine vacated his title and dropped down to middleweight for a big domestic fight against future world champion Daniel Geale which Mundine won. Mundine looked on the verge of another world title shot when he defeated an ageing Shane Mosley in 2013, but that dream ended when he suffered five knockdowns in a points loss to Johsua Clottey the following year. 

Thanks to huge PPV grossing domestic bouts against Geale, Soliman and especially Danny Green, Mundine earned around $34 million from his boxing career, and unlike many fighters who make millions but end up broke, Mundine has invested in property and is a very wealthy man. He clearly doesn’t need the money, but just can’t let go of the limelight. 

Michael Zerafa Form & Stats


28-old Michael Zerafa (27-4, 16 KOs) won the Australian Golden Gloves championships as an amateur, and turned pro in 2011. After 15 wins he was outpointed in a 2014 fight with unbeaten Russian Arif Magomedov. The following year in his US debut, Zerafa started brightly but was KO’d in five rounds by former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin. It remains his only stoppage defeat. 

After eight straight wins, Zerafa dropped down to 155 lbs and challenged former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook in Brook's hometown of Sheffield, England. Despite putting on a good display, Zerafa was beaten on points. 

In 2019 Zerafa engaged in two wars with former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, winning the first on a ninth round TKO, and losing the rematch via a majority decision. Horn’s brawling tactics turned both fights into slugfests, and the slick-boxing Zerafa proved that he can “go to the trenches” if he has to. A third bout between Zerafa and Horn looks a certaintly in the future. 

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Anthony Mundine vs Michael Zerafa takes place at 6:00PM (AEDT) on Saturday, March 13

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Verdict

Had these two fought six years ago, Mundine might have still had enough to defeat Zerafa, but at 45, “The Man” is a shadow of himself. Zerafa proved in his fights with Horn that he can be ruthless and go for the KO and not just rely on his boxing skills.
 
Mundine once had defensive skills reminiscent of Floyd Mayweather, but his first round KO loss to Jeff Horn showed how far those skills had eroded. I’m seeing Zerafa boxing his way into this fight for the first couple of rounds, and then applying more pressure and looking for the stoppage, which will come in round five.
Best Bet: Zerafa Winner @-1250.0 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Zerafa Round 5 Round Betting @1100.0 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Zerafa Round 4-6 Round Group Betting @300.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Either Round 5 When Will Fight End @1000.0 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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