Anthony Mundine’s ring walk proved more than his final fight as Jeff Horn launched a blistering early attack to knock out the 43-year-old and settle the showdown at Suncorp Stadium within about a minute 36 seconds.
Mundine confirmed after the bout they wouldn’t normally resume the ring, stating that his “time is up” before suggesting he was passing the torch of Australia’s biggest fight figure onto Horn. “Jeff proved tonight he would be a better man,” Mundine said. “That’s generation x. That’s boxing, you get caught.”
Jeff Horn knocks out Anthony Mundine from the first round C simply because it happened
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Although treated to merely half a round, it turned out one with additional action than observed in a majority of Mundine’s 12-round contests. An early on right hand from Horn backed Mundine up, showcasing both his power and also the absence of the evasive skills which happen to have given the Redfern fighter’s career such longevity.
Surprisingly, Mundine abandoned the cagey bittersweet science that’s been his trademark and looked to retort with flashing left jabs that earned Horn’s respect but provided only temporarily respite.
After the sole clinch from the bout, referee Phil Austin drew the ire in the crowd for theatrically reprimanding Horn for leaning recorded on Mundine, who suggested pre-fight that they wanted protection from the perceived dirty tactics of the Brisbane fighter.
There was not complain about shortly afterwards, when Horn followed his foe into the neutral corner where Mundine historically would have been hiding behind his left shoulder together with right arm prepared to parry. Instead Horn saw a square target and landed flush causing Mundine’s eyes to glass over and legs to stiffen C a rigamortis previous to the death of any fighting career which was confirmed through the referee’s waving arms.
Horn hinted afterwards that this bout, fought on a catchweight of 71kg about the light-middleweight limit, would see him move up undertaker a job interview division permanently.
“I was expecting a tricky fight from Choc [Mundine],” Horn said. “That left hook while planning to my right was the master plan all along. They’ll know I’m more dangerous when it reaches this weight.”
Earlier, a flashpoint was avoided as soon as the Australian anthem C which Mundine had said he would not stand for C was not played, officially caused by time commitments. Timekeeping was not aided by Mundine’s entrance, which nevertheless roused the audience with a narcolepsy-inducing undercard with the eclectic playlist with a remix of Yothu Yindu’s Treaty and Yella Beezy’s That’s on Me.
Horn’s more meat-and-potatoes collection of Seven Nation Army was more on the crowd’s satisfaction and his performance carried a comparable pounding rhythm.
He might have been forgiven for starting slowly to regain confidence after his comprehensive defeat in losing his title in their last battle to pound-for-pound contender Terrance Crawford. But whereas way back in June Horn’s footwork had the feel of men wearing football boots upon an skating rink, this time he was on slicks while his opponent produced a crash landing.
And after nearly 20 years, casual fans got what they wanted C a humiliating knockout defeat with regard to their nemesis C whilst the Australian pay-per-view boxing market took a much bigger whack.