ONE half of Australia’s biggest domestic fight has been announced.
Former WBO welterweight ruler Jeff Horn was flanked by his trainer Glenn Rushton and promoter Dean Lonergan, confirming an agreement to face Anthony Mundine on November 30 in Brisbane.
With the backing Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk, Horn (18-1-1, 12 KOs) told an enthusiastic media gathering that a catchweight fight has been made.
The 30-year-old admits that an expected win at home will close out the 18-year career of Mundine.
“There is pressure because I am favourite,” said Horn.
“I will need to be convincing but he has had his time and now it’s my time to take over. I’m surprised his career is still going but hopefully this will be his last fight.”
“Mundine is an opponent who has been on the radar for quite a while but we have made him wait in the background for some time which I know has been frustrating for him, now is the right time.”
Mundine (48-8, 28 KOs) last fought in January, blitzing former world title challenger Tommy Browne in two rounds.
Despite the long-rumoured bout having been agreed to many months ago, the controversial catchweight proved to be the final hurdle, including a potential fine for any weight discrepancy.
The 43-year-old will incur a $350,000 fine for the first kilogram exceeding the agreed 71 kilogram limit, and $500,000 for every kilogram after that.
“We have got Mundine signed,” added Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan.
“He [Mundine] has been nothing but a real pain in the arse to deal with. I was told from the start, particularly from his own crew, that he would be hard to deal with and it has proved to be the point.”
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