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Jeff Horn has finished 43-year-old Anthony Mundine’s boxing career with a first-round KO at Suncorp Stadium.
Anthony “The Man” Mundine will step into the ring as a 5-1 underdog when he takes on former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn tonight at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Join The Roar for a live blog of the fight including round-by-round updates, with our blog beginning from 7:30pm AEDT and the main event expected to commence around 10:30pm AEDT.
Win, lose or draw, 43-year-old Mundine has claimed that tonight will be his final fight. He’s attempting to turn back time with an upset against the 30-year-old Horn.
Horn needs an impressive performance tonight to set up some more paydays. Anything less will be damaging for his career.
Tonight’s bout is being fought at the catchweight of 71 kilograms. That’s more than four kilograms heavier than the welterweight division where Horn won his WBO world title against legendary Filipino Manny Pacquiao in July last year.
Horn had one successful defence of his welterweight world title against England’s Gary Corcoran, before losing his belt when he was stopped in the ninth round by slick American Terence Crawford in Las Vegas earlier this year.
That’s been the only loss of Horn’s career so far.
Mundine is a two-time former WBA super middleweight (76.2 kilogram) world champion, but he has fought as low as super welterweight (69.85kg) at various times in his career. He’ll have a height and reach advantage over Horn tonight.
Horn has struggled to make the welterweight limit throughout his career and will have enjoyed not having to cut weight for this fight.
Few Australian sportsmen polarise public opinion as much as the outspoken Mundine, but there can be no denying the skills he’s showed over the years both in the boxing ring and on the rugby league field.
Mundine at his best is a more skilful boxer than Horn, but at the age of 43 it would be a shock if he could maintain the speed that he’ll need over the 10 rounds to win tonight. Mundine’s best chance of an upset is by a KO or stopping Horn on cuts.
I’m tipping Mundine to have some good rounds early, but that Horn will break him down with his high work rate and secure a late stoppage. The one opponent that no fighter can beat is age.
Time: From 7.30pm AEDT, Friday 30 November
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
TV: Live on Main Event pay-per-view
Fight Records: Horn 18-1-1, Mundine 48-8
Betting: Horn $1.17, Mundine $5