Charles Hatley always knew he had the skills to be a major player in pro boxing.
Now he wants everyone else to know it.
Hatley stopped Anthony Mundine in the 11th round with a technical knockout to win the WBC Silver super welterweight title Wednesday at the Melbourne Convention Center in Melbourne, Australia.
The 29-year old Hatley knocked down Mundine four times during the bout, including three times in the second round. The loss likely brought an end to the four-time champion’s 15-year career.
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“It could be my final fight, but maybe not,” Mundine was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald. “I just want to get my body right because I had a lot of injuries coming into this fight and I will see what happens.”
Mundine did give praise to his Texas counterpart for winning the fight.
“I take my hat off,” Mundine said. “Charles boxed well and moved well. He had good distance and range and I got caught early reaching for him.
“I’m just disappointed. I came in with high expectations but Hatley fought a better fight and I was a bit off.”
Hatley was sent to the canvas in the 10th but in the end he proved to be too much.
He knocked the 40-year-old Mundine to the floor again in the 11th round then followed with a flurry of punches that forced Mundine’s camp to throw in the towel with 1 minute, 38 seconds left in the round.
Hatley, 26-1-1 with 18 knockouts, might be line for a future fight with the winner of the upcoming WBC middleweight title bout between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez.
Hatley built an impressive 250-12 record as an amateur and was a 2008 Olympic alternate, while also winning the U.S. national title as a welterweight in 2007.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area has a long history of legendary boxing champions.
With his win Wednesday, Hatley appears well on his way to joining that list.