Anthony Mundine has described the prospect of taking on Jeff Horn as “the biggest fight in Australia” as the former footballer prepares to step into the ring for the first time since his controversial loss to Danny Green.
Horn, struggling to make the weight for next week’s WBO welterweight world title defence against Brit Gary Corcoran in Brisbane, admits speculation over his next opponent is becoming a distraction. A win could give Horn a tilt at the likes of undefeated American Terence Crawford and ex-world champion Amir Khan, although few opponents would generate as much local hype as Mundine.
Mundine will return to the ring on January 17 in what will be his first fight in 11 months. The former footballer’s opponent is yet to be confirmed, with Renold Quinlan and Tommy Brown among the options being considered. Having given up on a third fight with Green, “The Man” views his next bout as a tune-up for potential mega-fights with the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez. However, one of the match-ups he craves most is a shot at Horn.
“I think it’s the biggest fight in Australia,” Mundine said. “I would love that opportunity. That’s the fight, the old bull versus the young bull. I’m sure with my experience and seasoning, I’d be too much for him.
“People want to see it, so let’s get it done. I’m too much for him.
“I’m too big, I’m too fast, my feet are too good. People are gonna say, ‘Can he do it?’ and have question marks over my age. But I see good, I’m like fine wine, I’m getting better with age.
“I feel like I’m getting seasoned now as a professional, I’ve only been in the sport since I was 25.
“He’s got commitments with Top Rank and I want to stay active, stay busy. I’m looking to fight in the new year and keep active. I’ll fight anybody, I’ll take the old out and the new too.
“I feel I’ve still got the goods to mix it with the best in the world. Hopefully I’ve got the name and the runs on the board to lure an Alvarez or Golovkin. I want to go out fighting the best.”
Horn is currently tipping the scales at 73 kilograms and must lose seven before the December 13 encounter with Corcoran. Another issue is the constant speculation over his future opponents, a constant since he upset 11-time world champion Manny Pacquiao. Mundine is one of several big names wanting a chance for a big-money fight with “The Hornet”.
“It’s a distraction when you hear all these guys wanting to fight you, but it happens all the time,” Horn said..
“I will just get used to it, worry about Gary and whatever happens after that if I get past him.
“There’s been a lot of awards nights and functions that I have had to attend, but training always comes first and I am fit and ready for a hard 12-round fight.”
The Queenslander said making the weight for fights was getting more difficult the older he got.
“It’s coming down, but it is always a difficult task,” Horn said.
“Sometimes I feel it just doesn’t want to come off like I want it to. I am about to hit 30 and they say it sticks on you a bit more.
“Hopefully I feel good on fight day after I make the weight.”
Horn’s weight loss battle was music to the ears of Corcoran.
“Losing a bit of weight, no matter what you say, it will make you weak,” he said.
“It happens to everyone.
“[But] I am ready for a hard 12-rounder.”
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