posted on May, 6 2004 @ 09:42 AM
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine will lodge a protest in a bid for a rematch with Manny Siaca.
Mundine lost his title on his first defence on a split decision - his second defeat in 22 fights.
The Australian's complaint centres on a late change in the referee for Wednesday's world title bout.
"We would like an immediate rematch, but whatever the WBA decide, we stand by that decision," said Mundine's manager Khoder Nasser.
"Due to the closeness of the contest and the fiasco before it, with the referee pulling out, there was a lot of turmoil to put this together."
Japanese judge Takeshi Shimikawa scored the fight 114-113 in Mundine's favour, Sweden's Mikael Hook and Korea's Yangsup Shim both had the challenger
But Mundine's camp are unhappy Shim was appointed a judge after original judge Raul Caiz became the fight referee when first choice Guillermo Pineda
failed to reach Australia in time.
Nasser believes Shim had never before judged a world title bout.
Siaca has already offered a rematch to Mundine, but the WBA said Siaca had another challenger lined up.
The WBA's leading Australian official Derek Milham said: "I think the chances are a bit slim because he (Siaca) has an obligation to defend against
(Denmark's) Mads Larsen within 90 days."
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