A "DEVASTATED" Anthony Mundine says he hopes his canned WBA light-middleweight bout with American "Sugar" Shane Mosley can be resurrected later in the year.
The former five-time world champion flew home to the US yesterday, just hours before the weigh-in for tonight's scheduled bout in Sydney. Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer said Mosley had no other option after the remaining $700,000 of his $1 million purse for the fight was not paid as required under the terms of the contract by 5pm on Monday.
"It's unfortunate that this fight will not be taking place, and we apologise to all of Shane's Australian fans, but there are contracts in place for a reason, and when the terms are not adhered to, we have no choice but to protect our fighter, and that's what happened here," Schaefer said.
Mundine said he had no hard feelings towards Mosley.
"I lay no blame with Mosley. He's just a fighter trying to take care of himself, making sure that he gets paid and everyone's happy," he said.