Anthony Mundine vs. Shane Mosley Delayed by Farce as Man Bringing Gloves Is Late

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterNovember 27, 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27:  Shane Mosley looks dejected after his sixth-round TKO defeat to Anthony Mundine during the WBA International super welterweight title bout between Anthony Mundine and Shane Mosley at Acer Arena on November 27, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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Shane Mosley and Anthony Mundine's bout in Sydney ended in anticlimax as 42-year-old Mosley was stopped at the end of Round 6 citing back spasms, but the night began in farce when the card was delayed because the man due to bring the boxers' gloves was late. in Australia confirmed the bizarre delay in their report, but it was also a talking point on Twitter:

Apparently the boxing gloves for the undercard of Shane Mosley v Anthony Mundine have gone missing. Great Start #ozboxing #MundineVMosley

— Adam Auld (@Adam_Auld) November 27, 2013

It was not the only incident in a bizarre start to proceedings, with Sportal Australia adding that the first fight of the undercard was called off at the last minute because it was a huge mismatch:

The Bilal Akkawy-Jacques Henrisson stoush was canned after the Victorian Combat Authority ruled it a mismatch after being made aware of Henrisson's poor record.

He is yet to register a win in 14 fights, losing 12 and drawing the other two.

Akkaway boasts a 7-0 record with six by knock out.

Mundine may have won the bout and therefore continued his boxing dream, but it could well have come at considerable cost. The Australian saw the fight delayed by more than a month when Mosley withdrew at the last moment over a contract dispute, as per Sky Sports.

The fight was rescheduled, but according to newspapers in his homeland it could mean a $600,000 (£335k) loss for Mundine's camp.

According to the Courier Mail:

Getting Mosley back to Australia after the aborted first fight has cost the Mundine camp $1.1 million. At this stage, tickets and TV sales look like coming in at $500,000 unless there is a last-minute surge.

Other than that, however, it sounds as if the night was an unqualified success.