By Bill Tibbs
On November 30, live from the SunCorp Stadium, in Brisbane, Australia, Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (18-1-1, 12 KO’s) will battle fellow-Australian Anthony “The Man” Mundine (48-8, 28 KO’s).
The two former world champions will battle at a middleweight, a lighter than Mundine has recently fought at, and a heavier weight than is the norm for Horn.
The two famed Aussies will battle for the WBA Oceania middleweight title and the WBO Oriental middleweight title.
But, in reality, this fight isn’t about titles and weights; it is simply about matching up two hugely popular and successful Australian fighters in a bout that should have their homeland buzzing.
Mundine, a popular, but at times controversial, figure has an impressive resume boasting names like Guy Waters, Sven Ottke, Manny Siaca, Sam Soliman, Mikkel Kessler, Danny Green, Daniel Geale, Joshua Clottey and Shane Mosley among others.
Horn, 13-years younger than the 43-year old Mundine, was little known outside of Australia until he won the lottery by getting a (controversial) decision over legend Manny Pacquiao in February of 2017 in Brisbane; he also picked up the WBO welterweight title with the win.
Horn defended the title once against little known Gary Corcoran in December of last year before losing the title to American star Terence Crawford in a one-sided stoppage loss in Las Vegas in June of this year.
While Mundine is having to work very hard to shred down to the middleweight limit, considering he fought at cruiserweight only 2 fights ago, he is confident that he will come into the bout as the stronger fighter.
In a recent interview, Mundine, the son of 96-fight veteran and 1970’s middleweight mainstay Tony Mundine, made it clear that his experience and his natural size will be more than enough to beat Horn.
"The Crawford nightmare is going to continue on November 30. He countered him well, he stuck the jab in his face, put angles on him, made him turn around. He out-boxed him clearly. I will do the same, but I’m bigger and stronger and hit harder”, said Mundine. "It’s going to be a big problem, because he doesn’t have another game plan. He can’t. There’s only one game plan. It’s Plan A and that’s it”, he said. “If he tries to out-box me, he will get his head boxed off. All he can do is try to do what he does best: come in with his head, throw from different angles, be as awkward as he can be and try and get me on the ropes. That’s all he can do”, continued Mundine, "I’m going to dice him up, slice him up. It’s going to be a good night."
Anthony Cocks exclusive interview with Jeff Horn: