Jeff Horn vs Anthony Mundine Preview Nov. 30th
There’s an intriguing domestic bout down under this Friday, November 30th as former world champions Anthony Mundine and Jeff Horn will be tangling at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. The 12 round bout can be seen in the USA on ESPN+ early Friday morning and it’s for the vacant WBA Oceania and Mundine’s WBO Oriental Middleweight Titles. Mundine’s last outing was a second round stoppage over Tommy Browne in January while Horn’s last fight saw him stopped in nine rounds by Terence Crawford and resulted in the loss of his WBO Welterweight crown in his second defence.
Horn vs Mundine Betting Odds
- Anthony Mundine +439
- Jeff Horn -544
The 30-year-old Horn, who’s a former physical education teacher, will climb through the ropes with a record of 18-1-1 with 12 Kos to his name. He’s a former Olympian who reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 Games in London, England as a junior welterweight. He turned pro the next year and has fought 126 rounds since. Horn has also won a few inter-continental titles along the way before taking Manny Pacquiao’s WBO world title via a gift decision in July of 2017. He defended it once against Gary Corcoran via an 11th-round TKO.
Horn has also beaten the likes of Ali Funeka, Randall Bailey, Ahmed El Mousaoui and Rico Mueller with his lone draw being a three-round technical affair with Rivan Cesaire in August of 2013. That fight was halted due to a cut suffered by Cesaire. Horn stands 5-feet-9-inches tall and has a 68-inch reach. He has decent power in his fists with a current knockout ratio of 60 per cent. He’s not a finesse boxer by any means as he relies on his aggression to win fights and so far he’s been pretty successful at it, at least until running into Crawford.
Mundine is now 42 years old and owns a mark of 48-8 with 28 Kos and is a former three-time world champion at junior middleweight and super middleweight. However, he’s also fought as heavy as cruiserweight. Mundine has pretty good speed even at his advanced age and is also defensively sound. He turned pro in 2000 and has 459 rounds under his belt. He stands 5-feet-11-inches tall and has a 70-inch reach, giving him a two-inch advantage over Horn in both height and wingspan. He possesses average power with a current knockout ratio of 50 per cent.
Mundine definitely has the edge in experience as well he’s taken on some good opposition over the years. He’s beaten the likes of Danny Green, Shane Mosley, Bronco McKart, Rigoberto Alvarez, Xavier Toliver, Daniel Geale, Shannon Taylor, Kevin Pompey, Garth Wood, and Antwun Echols, as well as beating Sam Soliman three times. His seven losses have been against Green, Sven Ottke, Manny Siaca, Mikkel Kessler, Garth Wood, Daniel Geale, Joshua Clottey and Charles Hatley with Wood, Ottke and Hatley the only three to stop him. He’s getting long in the tooth now though and has lost three of his last five fights and four of his last seven.
For Mundine, a former professional rugby League player, this is supposed to be his swansong as a pro boxer. He’s used to fighting in the heavier weight divisions and that could be a big factor here as Horn is going from welterweight to middleweight. Horn’s 12 years younger though and that should also be worth something. Horn has proven to be quite a durable fighter with the limited skills he possesses and he’ll need to use all of them to be successful. This could end up being a very close fight, but if Horn can use movement and speed he should be able to sneak out a win.
The younger Horn should pull this out.
Play: Horn -544 @ BetOnline.ag
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