“He’s just too fast, and he probably punched a little bit harder than I thought he was going to punch as well.”
Jeff Horn has finished 43-year-old Anthony Mundine’s boxing career with a first-round KO at Suncorp Stadium.
Horn dominated from the opening bell, controlling centre ring and throwing both head and body shots before landing a left hook that put Mundine down for the count.
The end came just 96 seconds into the first round.
Mundine was gracious in defeat, acknowledging that it was a generational change in Australian boxing.
He confirmed his retirement immediately after the fight.
Tonight’s win for Horn improves his record to 19-1-1. His next move will be interesting. It’s unlikely he’ll return back to the welterweight (66kg) division, given how much he’s struggled to get down to that weight in recent years.
The only potential welterweight bout that may be able to tempt him is a lucrative payday rematch with Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Adrien Broner in January for the WBA welterweight title in Las Vegas.
Another option for Horn is to start campaigning at super welterweight (69kg). But that division is as stacked with talent as the welterweight division he’s just left, so it will be a hard road back to the top there.
Horn admitted that he felt stronger at the higher 71kg catchweight tonight. The middleweight limit is 72kg, so campaigning there is another possibility.
Mundine finishes with a 48-9 record, including two WBA super middleweight world titles and one IBO middleweight title.
Super Featherweight: Liam Wilson won the Australian Super Featherweight title with a unanimous 10-round decision over Brent Rice.
Middleweight: Ben Mahoney beat Adrian Rodriguez via a split decision over 5 rounds.
Welterweight: Cameron Hammond beat Frank Rojas via a unanimous decision over 10 rounds.
Cruiserweight: Kurtis Pegoraro beat David Aloua via a unanimous decision over 4 rounds.
Lightweight: Francis Chua beat Kye MacKenzie via a split decision in an entertaining, six-round slugfest.
Welterweight: Youssef Dib beat Mark Ramirez via a unanimous decision over 4 rounds.
Super Welterweight: Lachlan O’Shea beat Bean Horn via a 4th round TKO.
Bantamweight: Kori Farr beat Krystina Jacobs over 4 rounds.
Heavyweight: Joe Goodall beat Christian Ndzie Tsoye via a unanimous decision over 4 rounds.