ANTHONY “Choc” Mundine’s sparring partner, Lenny Zappavigna, suspects the outspoken veteran’s career is not yet over despite last week’s loss to nemesis Daniel Geale.
Zappavigna, once considered one of Australia’s most promising boxers, was in Griffith earlier this week to meet with sponsors of his next fight on February 22 against Romeo Jakosalem (16-7, 8 KOs) of the Phillipines in Sydney.
The 25-year-old is determined to rise to the top of world boxing once again after suffering his first defeat in a rough points decision to IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez in Las Vegas nearly two years ago.
His preparation with Mundine for his upcoming bout at the Glenswood Function Centre should hold him in good stead - but Choc is not done yet, Zappavigna said.
“It’s hard to say what’s next for him, but I reckon he might fight again. It’s whatever’s going through his head, I’m not too sure. He probably will,” he said.
“It was a great fight. He did well but it’s just unfortunate, he was unlucky. Gealey had too much work rate for him. Maybe he’s a bit old, I don’t know. That’s boxing.”
Zappavigna (27-2, 18 KOs) and trainer Tommy Mercuri are more concerned with his own future at the moment.
The matchup with Jakosalem is Zappavigna’s first since his road to recovery began last year with wins over Brad Milner and Joel Dela Cruz.
“I sparred with Mundine on quite a few occasions and I got some good rounds in with him, which was a good experience for me,” he said.
“I try to mix it in with the best fighters I can. Hopefully Wednesday I’ll be sparring with Michael Katsidis.
“Whoever I can get, big names in Australia for sparring, is beneficial for me.
“I just want to get back up there in the world scene. I want to be world rated again and just get a belt around my waist.
“That’s what I’ve been training all my life for.
“It’s been a long journey, me and Tommy have worked hard together.
“I had a bit of a lay-off after my first fight but really, this is just the start now. All my career, it’s a learning curve.”
Zappavigna thanked John Sergi of 21st Century Wines and Bill Calabria from Westend for their support of his career and of his next fight in Sydney.