Anthony Mundine believes he has ‘enough runs on the board’ to warrant an immediate rematch with Jeff Horn despite the 43-year-old being knocked out in just 96 seconds in the pair’s first meeting last month.
Speaking exclusively to Fox Sports News, Mundine reflected on his quick-fire battering and revealed he wants to go out on his own terms, believing he has what it takes to turn the tables on Horn should the two meet again in the ring.
“I had time to reflect and contemplate the night, how it went down,” Mundine said.
“You know I had unbelievable preparation, I was sparring young champions, up and comers and I wasn’t just holding my own, I was getting on top. Now having looked back at the fight, I really feel he caught me early, through god’s will. I truly believe god has put me in this predicament for a reason.
“I feel that I have enough runs on the board to warrant an immediate rematch because I know that wasn’t me. The fans know it wasn’t me either. I feel he got lucky. Good luck to him and his team, but I feel I’ve got the runs on the board in my career to warrant a rematch, I truly believe I can win. A lot of the experts and doubters have me as a massive underdog, but for me to go out as I want to go out; I’ve earned that. I would like to try and have another fight with Jeff definitely.”
“I like his camp, they’re good people, good guys, it’s nothing personal.”
It was then put to the oft-controversial Mundine that the public would likely be sceptical of any potential return, with the widespread consensus, after his post-fight comments, that his career ended when he crashed to the canvas in the River City Rumble.
“For me it’s not about being over,” he said.
“I’ll be happy; I’ll be one of the first to celebrate. But you’ve got to understand as a fierce competitor, what I’ve achieved over the past more than two decades, I can’t go out like that. I thought it was going to be over after this time too, but when something happens like that and you have time to reflect on it, it’s like man just give me another chance. I know what I can do. For me, age isn’t an issue, it isn’t about the age it’s about the desire and dedication and commitment.
“And I’ve only got that for one fight and that’s the rematch. I’m reaching out to Jeff and Glen to really consider it because I’ve felt I’ve earned it with what I’ve done for the sport over the last two decades, I’ve revived it and made guys. I feel like I deserve to go out the way I want.”
Published by Staff Writers, 23rd December 2018 on foxsports.com.au