Mosley back and preparing, again, for Mundine bout

Shane Mosley has returned to Australia just three weeks after

walking out on a WBA light-middleweight bout with Anthony Mundine

because of a contract dispute over unpaid fees.

The 42-year-old American arrived in Sydney on Thursday to

prepare for the rescheduled Nov. 27 fight, and said ”I can

guarantee you the fight is going ahead.”

Mosley, who has held world titles at lightweight, welterweight

and light-middleweight, was originally due to fight former rugby

league player Mundine on Oct. 23.

But he left Australia the day of the scheduled weigh-in, citing

a breach of contract by the bout’s former promoter for not paying

his guaranteed purse in advance.

Mundine and his manager, Khoder Nasser, have paid $1 million in

advance to guarantee the Sydney showdown.

”It’s definitely happening. The money’s in there so we’re ready

to go,” Mosley was quoted as saying. ”I could’ve found any excuse

in the world not to come back and fight. But you see, I’ve landed,

I’m here and I’m ready to fight.”

Mosley blamed the previous promoter for the problems with the

originally scheduled fight date and said the public shouldn’t blame


”I like him as a person, but in the boxing ring we’re

enemies,” Mosley said. ”So I’m going to knock him out


Mundine had a setback overnight when a cafe he owns in Sydney

was gutted by fire.