Opinion: Jeff Horn vs. Anthony Mundine
Australian boxers Jeff Horn (18-1-1, 12 KO) and Anthony Mundine (48-8-0, 28 KO) are expected to meet inside the square circle. There is hype and reports in the media. The bout is reportedly targeted for November at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
According to Courier-Mail Mundine will fly to Brisbane next week to meet with Horn’s team. The trainer of the latter, Glenn Rushton recently said that “This [bout] has the potential to be a great, historic fight”.
Horn, 30, made international headlines last July when he defeated famed Manny Pacquiao, taking WBO Welterweight title. Earlier this month he lost the belt to Terence Crawford, suffering the first defeat in his professional career.
Mundine appears to be arguably a perfect opponent for Horn’s next outing. Despite the age difference, the 43-year-old stated to have “the speed and the skills to counter Horn’s strength, youth and aggression”. In addition, Mundine is coming off a second-round TKO win against Tommy Browne taken in January in Sydney.
To be on demand internationally again, success in this bout is essential for Horn. He has to step back on the winning path, taking the win against his rated fellow-Australian, who has twice held WBA Super Middleweight titles, as well as WBA Interim Super Welterweight and IBO Middleweight belts.
The win for Mundine certainly proves he is still full of fight. Furthermore, it proves that he cannot only compete, but defeat the new generation A-class athletes.
There is certainly a large amount of prize money.