Jeff Horn is suiting up for the biggest fight of his life as a promoter details how far he will fall if he loses his monumental fight with Anthony Mundine.
Horn and Mundine will touch gloves on Friday night in front of 25,000 people in Queensland’s Suncorp Stadium.
While the fight could mark the end of Mundine’s 25-year sporting career, Horn, 13 years his junior, could be in for a big pay decrease should he lose.
Jeff Horn and Anthony Mundine are set to touch gloves in one of the biggest boxing match-ups of the year
Thousands have flocked to Suncorp Stadium to watch Jeff Horn take on Anthony Mundine
Australian boxing legend Barry Michael speculates Horn’s camp aren’t happy with the lead-up to the big fight.
Horn, 30, and his trainer Glenn Rushton haven’t been on speaking terms with promoter Dean Lonergan in the weeks before the River City Rumble.
‘I’ve heard things,’ Michael said on Foxtel’s Main Event coverage.
‘I don’t want to elaborate too much but I’ve heard there’s a bit of dissension in the camp and that Jeff and Glenn have had a few issues and he wasn’t really happy with a few things that Dean Lonergan did.’
Michael, who took to the ring 60 times in his career, highlighted the importance of Horn being on the same page as the rest of his team.
‘It’s a very bad thing to go into a fight not mentally right. The mental side of it is so important, you need to be go in 100 per cent. You don’t want that stuff in the camp.’
In the lead-up to the fight, Lonergan told the Big Sports Breakfast radio program a loss for the Brisbane-born Horn could cost him millions of dollars.
‘To give you an idea, he can go from fighting for seven figures down to maybe $50,000 for his next fight if he doesn’t pull this off,’ Lonergan said.
Horn and Mundine are set to make about $2.5million apiece from Friday’s fight.
‘It’s fair to say there’s a lot on the line for Mr Horn.’
Boxing commentator Paul Upham echoed the sentiment, saying a loss would set his career back years.
‘For him to lose to a 43-year-old Mundine, people will think that he was a fraud, that he was a fake, so there’s more pressure on Horn than Mundine,’ he told SEN Radio.
The pair clashed at Thursday’s weigh-in before Mundine said: ‘I’m the man who transcends sport’
Horn was running late to a pre-fight weigh-in he demanded take place two hours before the bell is rung.
The Brisbane-born boxer got caught in Brisbane traffic and needed a police escort to make it to the stadium in time.
Horn’s camp insisted on a second weigh-in to ensure Mundine hadn’t put on weight in the hours since their dramatic Thursday scuffle.
Mundine squeaked in at 74.3kg, comfortably within the 75kg limit required to avoid a fine.
Horn eventually arrived in style, getting out of a yellow sports car with his wife and weighing in at 74.25kg.
The pair were seen taking photos with their crew in their respective change rooms in the hours before they were called to the ring.
Among the crowd is former NBA star Metta World Peace, also known as Ron Artest.
Artest is known as a bit of a fighter himself, famous for jumping into the crowd during an all-in brawl in 2004, dubbed ‘malice in the palace’.
Horn (pictured) could lose millions of dollars in future match fees should he lose to Mundine
A 43-year-old, Friday’s bout could spell the end of Mundine’s (pictured) illustrious career
Horn drew criticism worldwide last year in an unexpected win against Filipino and world number four boxer Manny Pacquiao.
Upham says very few boxing fans outside of Australia respected the win, saying it was gifted to Horn by referees.
‘He needs a good win against Mundine, not just to scrape through, but a really good win if he wants to compete and get opportunities on the world stage,’ Upham said.
Horn and Mundine will fight 12 rounds or less depending if one lands a knockout punch.
Horn comes into the fight with a career of 18 wins, one loss and one technical draw versus Mundine’s career line of 48 wins and eight losses.
RIVER CITY RUMBLE RESULTS
Joseph Goodall (5-0) defeated Christian Tsoye (3-2) via unanimous decision
Lachlan O’Shea (1-0) defeated Ben Horn (0-1) via TKO (fourth round)
Kori Farr (3-4-2) defeated Krystina Jacobs (1-1) via split decision
Youssef Dib (10-0) defeated Mark Ramirez (5-14-3) via unanimous decision
Francis Chua (6-0-1) defeated Kye Mackenzie (20-2) via split decision
Kurtis Pegoraro (12-4) defeated David Aloua (12-3) via unanimous decision
Cameron Hammond (18-1) defeated Frank Rojas (23-2) via unanimous decision
Still to come:
Ben Mahoney (5-0) vs Adrian Rodriguez (11-1-2)
Brent Rice (8-0) vs Liam Wilson (2-0)
Jeff Horn (18-1-1) vs Anthony Mundine (48-8)
Horn (left) comes into the fight with a career of 18 wins, one loss and one technical draw versus Mundine’s (right) career line of 48 wins and eight losses
Horn isn’t short of confidence, telling media at Thursday’s weigh-in he intends to knock Mundine out.
‘People want to see him get knocked out because of the things he says, he puts it on himself really,’ Horn said.
Mundine said he would not let Horn take his legacy from him.
‘They’re all watching me, baby. I’m the show, the main attraction. Not him. Horn’s boring. He’s like watching paint dry. I’m the character, I’m the personality. I’m the man that transcends sport. That’s me.’