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Ear injury forces Anthony Mundine out of May 9th PBC on CBS bout against Austin Trout

Anthony Mundine Withdraws From Austin Trout May 9 Fight

Mundine vs. Trout PBC on CBS Bout to be Rescheduled

An ear injury has forced Australia’s Anthony Mundine to withdraw from his May 9 WBC Silver Super Welterweight title defense bout against Las Cruces, New Mexico’s Austin Trout. The announcement was made late Sunday night by Mundine’s representatives on Boxa.com.au and later confirmed to SWFight.com by Trout.

On a phone call with SWFight.com following the Mundine news, Trout mentioned that to his understanding, Mundine (47-6, 27KOs) suffered a ruptured eardrum, also known as a perforated eardrum, an injury that is forcing him to pull out of their PBC on CBS co-main event bout.

According to the announcement from Mundine’s camp, “The ear condition was first noticed after sparring and got progressively worse the next day during his flight to the USA.”

“How he got it is the real question,” said a wary Trout (28-2, 15KOs). “I hope he heals up. This gives me more time to get even more prepared.”

The recent news further adds to the drama that has led up to a fight that is essentially three years in the making.

In March of 2012, both camps failed to meet at a purse bid set by the WBA and thus never fought for Trout’s interim Super Welterweight title, a strap he would lose to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in April of 2013.

The Mundine and Trout camps being unable to come to terms led to a Twitter beef between the two that has come and gone over the past three years.

And then, a couple of weeks ago it was widely reported that Mundine had suffered an elbow injury which he said would not prevent him from going through with the fight.

This now leads us to the latest news.

“(Ear) injury or not, I don’t think he even had a chance with me,” said Trout who was more than a 3 to 1 favorite going into the bout.

A late-replacement for Mundine is currently underway. Since the bout will no longer be for a title, Trout and his new opponent will now have to make the new weight limit of 157lb.

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