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After his first loss as a professional fighter, Jeff Horn (18-1-1) – the former WBO welterweight champion of the world – is considering his next step.
But Anthony Mundine is not likely to be one of them. Mundine’s camp as expected have started bashing on Horn’s door, trying to entice Horn to a multi-million dollar mega fight in Australia.
Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan has said regarding Mundine: “the Anthony Mundine thing, it appeals to me like six cups of warm sick.” Obviously Lonergan is not interested in pursuing a fight with the well past his prime veteran.
There are of course other options for Horn. Some called for his retirement, but that is certainly not going to happen at this stage, Horn has stated that his wife Jo would be happy if Jeff had three or four more fights and retired with his health in tact.
A rematch with Terence Crawford is another option. Crawford himself said “of course” when questioned at the post match press conference about a rematch. But considering the fact that Crawford is firmly in the grasp of promoter Bob Arum, who wants Crawford to fight for other titles such as the WBC, IBF and WBA, it is unlikely that Arum would allow Crawford to fight Horn again.
Also considering that Horn’s co-promotion agreement with Arum is over, its doubtful that the pair will work together again.
Another world title shot is not impossible for Horn. IBF Errol Spence Jr (23-0) is fighting again this weekend against Carlos Ocampo and if is successful with his defence could look for another fight before year’s end. As this is Horn’s goal to fight again in America before year’s end, it could be in the pipeline.
Danny Garcia (34-1) a former WBC welterweight champion is fighting Shawn Porter (28-2-1) a former IBF welterweight champion in August for the vacant WBC welterweight title.
The winner of the fight is expected to fight current WBA Welterweight (Super) champion Keith Thurman, who had to vacate the WBC title due to injury. Considering that both Porter and Garcia have lost to Thurman, Horn maybe a easier target for the victor, instead of a unification rematch bout with Thurman.
Being that this fight is not for almost three months, its could be too long a wait for Horn to make his next move.
Another possibility, but a long shot is a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao is fighting Lucas Matthysse for the WBA (regular) title in July. If successful Pacquiao will become a 12 time champion and may wish to avenge his controversial loss to Horn last year at Suncorp Stadium. As Pacquiao is no longer under the control of Bob Arum it could be another option for the Horn camp to pursue.
Horn for now is taking his family for a holiday in Canada and then will meet up with this management team to discuss his next move. What ever it is, it will have to be big.