Published by Max Laughton, 28th November 2018 on foxsports.com.au
Anthony Mundine may be near the end of his career, but his trash-talking skills are still in their prime.
At the end of what was a rather boring press conference in Brisbane, Mundine took the microphone to answer questions about Friday night’s blockbuster fight against Jeff Horn.
And like the tremendous showman he is, Mundine knew just how to light up the stage and add some intrigue into the ‘River City Rumble’.
“They’re all watching. They’re all watching me, baby. I’m the show, you know what I mean?” he said.
“I’m the show, I’m the main attraction. He’s boring. He’s like watching paint dry.
“I’m the character. I’m the personality. I’m the man that transcends sport, you know what I mean? That’s me!
“It doesn’t matter who they (the public) want to see win, it’s who’s gonna win. And it’s gonna be me.”
Mundine also called himself “the best sportsman that has ever come out of this country”.
“They’re gonna see an electric fighting show. They’re gonna see the best that’s ever done it. The best sportsman that has ever come out of this country,” he said.
“You look at my resume, all that I’ve done in sports from the juniors up, no wonder why I played for St George. Never before, never again, and that’s what I truly believe.
“And you want to see the legacy of that on Friday night. I’m gonna put on a great performance and prove, out with the old generation, in with the new, baby.”
Both trainers predicted the fight would end in a stoppage in the later rounds, with a win for their respective charge, but most experts suggested Mundine would be the one knocked out.
“That’s what they’re supposed to think. That’s what they’re supposed to do,” Mundine said.
“(Glenn) Rushton and his team, Jeff’s team, have done a good job. They’ve made you believe the hype.
“I mean, he’s good at what he does, and he’s effective at what he does, but there’s levels to this s***, man. And he got found out against Crawford with levels. He’s gonna get found out again with me with levels. You feel me?”
Making reference to the frequent claims that Horn leads with his head while fighting, Mundine said he would begin the fight by “bullrushing” the Queenslander.
“I’m gonna bullrush him. They talk about him being a bull, well let’s *cracking noise* bang heads. Let’s go,” he said.
“They say he bangs heads, he leads a lot with his head. We’ve got a great referee in Phil Austin, make it a fair contest, he likes to lead with the head and hold a lot. We’re not wrestling. We’re fighting. Let’s fight. You wanna fight bro, let’s fight.
“I’m not thinking about what’s going to happen after, how I’ve said this is probably going to be my last fight. I’m not thinking about any of that.
“I’m thinking about what I’m gonna do. And I know he ain’t gonna do s***. My skills are too good, man. We’re gonna see, man, you’re all gonna see.”
Mundine also called himself “the Dream Crusher” and “extraordinary”, suggesting his experience against bigger fighters would hold him in good stead.
“That’s what it is, man. He’s trying to take my legacy. I ain’t gonna let that happen,” Mundine said.
“He’s trying to take my legacy. He’s doing what he’s gotta do, and just call me the Dream Crusher, because I’m about to crush his dreams.
“I can do anything. I’ve been around the block a long time. You keep talking about the age, I mean, I’m a different beast. I’m a different man. I’m a different 40-year-old. I ain’t the average 43-year-old. I’m a different beast.
“There’s extraordinary athletes, and athletes and extraordinary. I’m in the extraordinary bracket. You know what I mean? I’m still fit. I’m still super fit. He’ll be huffing and puffing by the end of the fight.
“I don’t get tired in fights – check my resume, I don’t get tired. I’ve been in with the bigger punches, the bigger men … guys that are 6 foot 2 and weighing over 81 kilos. This kid ain’t gonna beat me. I’m gonna back him up, I’m gonna back him up, beat his a** up, that’s what I’m gonna do.”