River City Rumble - Horn v Mundine
It’s the fight we’ve all been waiting for – Two of Australia’s best fighters of this generation go toe-to-toe in an epic battle
It's “The Man” versus ‘The Hornet”, boxer versus brawler and it all points to an epic test of will as Anthony Mundine and Jeff Horn meet each other in the square ring at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
Having agreed to fight at a catch weight of 71 kilograms – a weight increase for Horn and a decrease for Mundine – the pair will trade blows over what promises to be 12 epic rounds.
For Mundine it is the first time he has entered a 12-rounder since November 2015 when his bout against American Charles Hatley was stopped by his corner in the penultimate round. Overall, it’s been four years since Mundine went the distance.
Horn’s last three contests were over 12 rounds, having gone the distance to beat Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium in July 2017 before his two title defences lasted 11 and nine rounds.
Horn is looking to bounce back from his ninth round TKO defeat to Terence Crawford last June, which cost him his WBO welterweight title. That loss places a question mark over Horn as to whether he has mentally recovered from such brutal punishment at the hands of Crawford.
It is also something the experienced Mundine, who won his last fight against Tommy Brown earlier this year, will attempt to exploit by getting into Horn’s head.
Horn will walk into the ring with a professional record of 20-1-1 (he had a contentious draw with Rivan Cesaire in 2008) while Mundine’s stats sit on 48-8.
Mundine’s tally includes 28 knockouts, while Horn has ‘dropped’ 12 of his opponents.
Although Horn hasn’t lost a fight in Australia, and Suncorp Stadium is the scene of his biggest triumph, Mundine’s wily technique and ability to dictate his fights will see him claim the win.
Tip: Anthony Mundine to win by Decision