As his motivation for the last curtain call of his career, Anthony Mundine has expressed the intention that exposing Jeff Horn as nothing but “hype” is his reason for taking the ring against Horn on November 30 at Suncorp Stadium.
Careful there, Tony, Horn is very comfortable at Suncorp, as Manny Pacquiao will attest.
Mundine is a three-time world champion, but he is 43 years old, so what he has left in the tank is a matter for speculation. His record stands at 48 – 0 – 0.
Horn hopes to use the fight to earn a rematch with American Terence Crawford, but given the beating Crawford gave him in Las Vegas, only the lure of a spectacular payday would seem to supply incentive to Crawford.
Horn is hoping to see the rematch in June of 2019, provided he does not once again have to give Crawford extra time to get ready.
In remarks to reporters published by the AAP, Mundine said of Horn, “He’s good and works hard and credit to him but a lot of it is just hype. I want to expose that hype.Before I came into it, the sport was dead. They were fighting at RSLs.I paved the way for guys like Jeff. For me this is my opportunity to prove I was the best of the last generation and I am best of the next generation.”
Those remarks almost sound downright cordial. Perhaps Mundine should either consider changing his name to Mundane, or hire Conor McGregor to coach him on his pre-fight banter.
Mundine did come closer to the quick when he said, “As far as skill, talent and ability, he (Horn) ain’t on my level. I’m out once I pump him.”
Mundine’s biggest claim to fame is the success his boxing career supplied after he rocked the NRL by abandoning the St. George Illawarra Dragons in 2000, where he was the highest paid player in the league and playing for the NSW Blues in State of Origin in 1999.