21
Nov
2018

Jeff Horn v Anthony Mundine AGREED with MASSIVE WEIGHT PENALTY

World Boxing News 03/10/2018

Former world welterweight champion Jeff Horn has agreed to fight countryman and multi-weight title-holder Anthony Mundine.

Horn and Mundine have been in talks for some time and finally signed on the dotted line for a November 30 battle.

Mundine, who began his career at middleweight but has fluctuated from 154 to a career-high of 175, has put pen to paper on a fight at 156.5lbs.

‘The Man’ last fought in January at 159 when defeating Tommy Browne via KO2. Mundine now has a massive penalty should he fail to make weight.

It’s been three years since Mundine dropped below 159 and Horn’s promoter fired a warning to the veteran.

“It’s fair to say we expect Anthony to come in at weight,” Dean Lonergan told ABC Australia.

PENALTY

Lonergan also outlined a $350,000 fine for the two pounds Mundine goes over. Plus, anotherĀ $500,000 for every two pounds after that.

Opponent Horn, who recently lost his title to Terence Crawford, says the demands on him to win impressively are great.

“There is pressure because I am favourite. I will need to be convincing but he has had his time and now it is my time to take over,” stated Horn.

“I am 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. We have made him wait in the background for some time which I know has been frustrating for him, now is the right time,” he added.

The fight will take place at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. It’s the same arena where Horn recorded his most controversial victory to date.

In July 2017, Horn claimed a massively debated points win over Manny Pacquiao in a contest which most saw the Filipino legend take the spoils.

A rematch was talked-about for some time afterward, although Pacquiao opted instead to face and defeat WBA champion Lucas Matthysse.

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