Former world champion Anthony Mundine has knockout plans for Michael Zerafa

Anthony Mundine has knockout plans for when he steps into the ring next year against Michael Zerafa. Photo: Darren Howe
Anthony Mundine has knockout plans for when he steps into the ring next year against Michael Zerafa. Photo: Darren Howe

When former world champion Anthony Mundine steps into the ring to fight Michael Zerafa, he plans to win one way and one way only.

"I am coming here to knock him out," Mundine said.

"My mindset is to come into the ring to seek and destroy."

Bendigo Stadium will the world-class boxing event, on Saturday March 13, 2021, and Mundine and Zerafa are the main card.

Mundine, a former NRL player, has years of experience in the ring. He held the WBA super-middleweight title twice, the IBO middleweight title, and the WBA interim super-welterweight title from 2011 to 2012.

Zerafa is 17 years his junior and has made a name for himself in the boxing world with an impressive few years in the ring.

Michael Zerafa

Michael Zerafa

However, Mundine said he saw something in rising star Zerafa that would be used to his advantage.

"He's got no heart, when he gets hit, he is going to get hurt," Mundine said. "He doesn't know how to crawl through the trenches.

"That's what I see. A man who talks the big game, but when someone puts it on him he doesn't rise to the occasion.

"That's what I am going to exploit."

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The pair is fighting for the World Boxing Association Oceania Middle Title and Mundine is determined he will be the one lifting the belt.

"When I beat him I am going to shock the world, I will be back on the map again," Mundine said.

Ahead of the announcement Mundine reached out to the local Indigenous community.

Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative chief executive officer Raylene Harradine and Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Corporation chief executive Rodney Carter both joined Mundine on stage for the press conference last Friday.

"I reached out to them because I wanted to be welcomed to country by the local mob down here," Mundine said.

"It's a sign of respect in my culture to know you've been welcomed with open arms."

TITLE: Anthony Mundine is determined to be the man lifting the World Boxing Association Oceania Middle Title belt on fight night. Picture: DARREN HOWE

TITLE: Anthony Mundine is determined to be the man lifting the World Boxing Association Oceania Middle Title belt on fight night. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Mundine's most recent fight was in November 2019 against John Wayne Parr.

Mundine was defeated by split decision with scores of 96-93, 95-93 and 94-95 and is determined to put a win next to his name again in what might be his last fight.

Also on the card is Blake Caparello v Robert Berridge and Cherneka Johnson v Bianca Elmir.

Fighting in Bendigo is not new to Mundine's opponent Zerafa, as the Melbourne-based boxer made a name for himself by knocking out Jeff Horn at the stadium in August 2019.

The pair met again four months later, with Horn turning the tables to win the rematch via majority decision.

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