10.10.04 - By Tony Nobbs: Both WBA number 2 Super Middleweight Anthony Mundine and Australian champion Juarne Dowling came in at 77.35 kg at tonight’s weigh in for their non title ten rounder at Carrara on the Gold Coast tomorrow night. Originally set for the Super Middle limit of 76.2 (168 lb) it was announced was announced at today’s press conference that Mundine had wanted the weight limit upped. Dowling’s camp finally agreed to 77.5 kg.
“It doesn’t really bother me” said 25 year old Dowling who will be entering the ring a huge outsider. “I’m going in as the underdog. I’ve done the work and really I just want to fight”.
Winning the domestic crown in February with a ten round decision over Marc Bargero, Dowling last defended it with a unanimous decision over Dale Westerman on June 25.
In his only bout since dropping his WBA title to Manny Sciaca in May, Mundine (20-2, 15 KO) was very impressive in stopping Sean Sullivan in ten rounds and has his sights set on regaining the title.
“I’m not looking past Juarne. He isn’t a bad fighter-domestically. But I’m the best in the world and I want to show the people that”.
“If I lose to Juarne I’m not going to get my world title shot”.
Dowling looked relaxed as he spoke to a packed room at the Legends Hotel in Surfers Paradise. A former kickboxing champion he is known as a fighter who gives it his all and he is relishing his opportunity.
“Anthony is a good fighter-a great one and it’s a great chance for me”.
When asked could he beat Mundine he simply replied “Yes. Of course”.
Dowling finished his sparring last week boxing three days with Shannan Taylor, who is nearing an IBF title fight at Super Welter.