ANTHONY Mundine won more than just another fight when he gained a 12-round split decision over previously unbeaten Belarusian Sergey Rabchenko.
The 39-year-old Aussie, who went into the light-middleweight bout as the despised outsider, produced arguably the finest moment of his 53-fight career during which he has both alienated and polarised people.
After being comprehensively outclassed by Ghana's Joshua Clottey in April, Mundine (pictured) not only outsmarted Rabchenko, 11 years his junior, but complimented him after inflicting his first defeat in 26 fights.
His performance may just have won back some fans who had deserted him in recent years, and moved him back into the frame for a potentially massive payday against unbeaten WBC champ Floyd Mayweather.
Following a tough year for Australian boxing in which Sam Soliman lost his IBF middleweight title and Sakio Bika his WBC super middleweight belt, Mundine's win was a much-needed boost.
The victory won't secure him his big pay day against Mayweather, who is set to fight early next year against the winner of next month's bout between Amir Khan and Devon Alexander.
The man they call "Money" also knows a long-awaited blockbuster against Manny Pacquiao, due to take on Chris Algieri next weekend, would generate millions more than Mundine would bring to the table.
What Mundine needs to do to get Mayweather's attention is go to America and beat a contender such as Canelo Alverez or Miguel Cotto. And that's another challenge altogether.
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