Anthony Mundine suffered the defeat by split decision against John Wayne Parr last night (Nov. 30) in Brisbane, Australia. The verdict of a ten-round 75 kg catchweight boxing match heard 96-93 and 95-93 in favor of Parr, and 95-94 went to Mundine. “The Man” was deducted a point in the eighth round for hitting behind the head. The contest marked the final appearance of both competitors inside the squared circle.
In the post-fight interview inside the ring Mundine said “I’ve had a wonderful career, now it’s time to tend to my family. I was contemplating even before the fight ‘do I really want to do this anymore?'”
“I’ve done enough, I gave him a shot. He deserved to get a shot. He’s been such a champion over the years with his Muay Thai and kickboxing. I knew he was going to be a tough competitor.”
“I thought my skill was a bit better tonight. But that’s the way it goes. I’m just going to sail into the sunset now.”
“I want to thank all the Australian public. Even if they didn’t support me or didn’t like my opinions, I always did my best,” he concluded.
Former WBA super middleweight and IBO middleweight champion Anthony Mundine, 44, suffered the second defeat in a row and dropped to 48-10, 28 KO. In his previous bout in November 2018 he was stopped by Jeff Horn 96 in the first round. Before that he defeated Tommy Browne via second-round TKO and lost by majority decision against Danny Green.
Mundine also took it to social media with a post on Facebook.
“Alhumdallah for everything! Wanna thank everybody that help me or supported me over the years ! I thought I won the fight & was jipped 2 points ! But that’s boxing ! Was a great fight & show to go out on thanks again. [sic]”
John Wayne Parr, 43, is a former ten-time world champion in Muay Thai and kickboxing. He retired due to hip injury, that requires surgery. His combined record is 110-37-1, 56 KO.