ANTHONY MUNDINE says he doesn’t have to knock out Bronco McKart in his first fight on American soil to guarantee bigger US bouts, but admits it would be helpful.
Mundine, who will take on McKart at The Palms in Las Vegas on July 14, left Sydney yesterday for step one in a five-fight plan to secure a bout with Floyd Mayweather.
At 37, the three-time world champion knows he is unlikely to get many more opportunities and is determined to make a big impression. ”I can’t wait for it, I am counting down the days,” Mundine said.
”I haven’t had a fight for nine months and this is the reason, so now I have got the opportunity I am not going to waste it.
”I have been training hard, I have been doing a lot of strength work and a lot of core work to get my strength back because I want to get those one-punch knockouts like I used to. I want to look spectacular.”
But Mundine is confident a knockout won’t be required to convince US boxing promoters and television executives that he is worthy of another fight on pay-TV.
”A knockout would be a bonus but I don’t think I have to knock him out,” he said.
”I have just got to be perfect in every aspect as far as speed, timing, skill, defence and all of that. I know I am going to get more offers once they have seen me razzle-dazzle.”
Mundine has made no secret of the fact he wants to fight Mayweather, the unbeaten five-division world champion, but unless he convincingly overcomes McKart – a 41-year-old southpaw who lost three times to Ronald ”Winky” Wright, the former NSW Origin player knows that will remain just a dream.
After McKart, Mundine is likely to have to beat a more established name in the US, such as Miguel Cotto or Saul Alvarez, to get a shot at Mayweather, but he is prepared to wait up to two years if necessary.
”I am looking at a five-fight deal and this is the first one,” Mundine said. ”Obviously I am going to have to go through a Cotto or an Alvarez or someone of note to really get their attention, but I want to fight Floyd Mayweather and I truly believe I can shock the world.
”I am the only guy out besides [WBO super featherweight champion] Adrien Broner who has got the speed and the skill to match it with Floyd and given the opportunity I can give him a way better fight than say a Cotto or the other guys he’s been fighting.
”They are not as athletic as me, not as fast as me and they are not as big as me, so I believe I have got the tools to beat him.”
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