3 reasons why Mundine may still be mouthing off after the Horn fight.
The odds suggest a mismatch but we believe ‘The Man’ cannot be overlooked.
If you believe the bookies, the result of Friday’s welterweight bout between Jeff Horn and Anthony Mundine is a foregone conclusion. However, on reflection punters may want to consider a few things that may balance the scales a bit:
Doubt - Horn found out against American Terence Crawford that heart simply isn’t enough when you’re fighting an elite boxer in their prime. The beat down he experienced was savage and the mental demons that are attached to such a setback can’t be discounted. Prior to the fight, he was undefeated so nobody knows how he responds to a loss. But his choice of opponent this time around tells us a bit about his depleted confidence.
Size - Horn will fight above the welterweight limit for the first time in his career given the bout is being held at a 71kg catchweight. He is also giving up 5cm in the height and reach categories respectively. A criticism of Mundine in previous fights is that he’s been gun-shy early against bigger opponents, but being the naturally bigger man this time around he can attack. Look for his stiff jab to be a problem from the opening bell as it proved to be for his last opponent Tommy Browne.
Experience and Ring IQ – Mundine is 13 years Horn’s senior and with that experience comes composure. Horn’s success has come from an unrelenting, unorthodox style. But his Achilles heel is he has no real plan B when held at bay by an opponent with superior boxing skills. At that point, he becomes a target and Mundine has the footwork and speed to evade him and then capitalise down the stretch.
Mundine is priced at a healthy $5*, so if you’re eligible for the offers below you could really clean up if he turns back the clock. For example, a winning $200 bet on Mundine could see you collecting $800.
Either way, it’s going to be an intriguing fight in the River City.
*prices correct at time of posting and subject to fluctuation