‘Surprised’ Horn swipes Mundine
FORMER world champion Jeff Horn has confirmed he will launch his bid for another title charge in a 71kg catchweight bout against Anthony Mundine.
The pair will lock horns on November 30 in Horn’s return to Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, the venue he ousted Manny Pacquiao from the WBO world welterweight title seat in 2017.
Horn (18-1-1 record) has vowed to end 43-year-old Mundine’s career in Brisbane and eventually earn a rematch with American Terence Crawford Horn, 30, is launching his comeback after losing his title fight to Crawford in the United States in June.
“There is pressure because I am favourite. I will need to be convincing but he has had his time and now it is my time to take over,” Horn said of Mundine’s 48-8 record.
“I am surprised his career is still going but hopefully this will be his last fight.” Horn looked forward to returning to Suncorp Stadium, the venue where he famously defeated boxing great Manny Pacquiao to claim the WBO welterweight crown in July 2017.
The announcement ended months of speculation linking Mundine as Horn’s next opponent.
“Mundine is an opponent who has been on the radar for quite a while but we have made him wait in the background for some time which I know has been frustrating for him – now is the right time,” Horn said.
“I don’t like giving knockout predictions, but every fight I try to end early – it’s like time off work early.” Horn’s camp confirmed a fine system for Mundine if he came in over the agreed 71kg for the fight.
Mundine will be fined $350,000 for the first kilogram he exceeds 71kg and $500,000 for every kilogram after that.
“It’s fair to say we expect Anthony to come in at weight,” Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan said.