Mundine payday appeals to champion Jeff Horn
BOXING: Jeff Horn was heading to the doctors yesterday to have 11 stitches inserted in three cuts over his eyes but said a multi-million-dollar payday to face Anthony Mundine would make him feel much better.
Horn and his heavily pregnant wife Jo were celebrating his world title victory over brave English challenger Gary Corcoran with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Major Events Minister Kate Jones yesterday and the Queensland Government is keen to stage a rematch at Suncorp Stadium with Manny Pacquiao.
Horn's gruelling victory by an 11th-round TKO at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre has propelled him into a huge raft of multi-million-dollar fights in 2018.
While he has a huge Las Vegas fight planned against unbeaten American Terence Crawford in April he says he wants to fight Mundine first for "easy money''.
"I want to fight the best in the world and while some people might think fighting Mundine is a step backwards or a circus it could actually make more money for me than a harder fight against Crawford,'' Horn said.
"Mundine is 42 now and he should have retired after his last fight against Danny Green. He's past his best and if it can make a huge payday I'd be mad not to fight him before a Crawford bout.''
While Horn has been offered $2 million to face the former world champ and ex-NRL star, Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton believes he can push the offer up by several more million to give Horn the biggest payday ever for an Australian fighter.
Terence Crawford is unbeaten in 32 fights and regarded by many experts as the world's best fighter pound for pound.
"Mundine would be a great warm-up fight for the big names on the world scene,'' Horn said.
"We sparred a few years ago when I was still pretty much an unknown and I did really well.
"When I was starting out in boxing he was the biggest name in the sport, he was making headlines everywhere, so it would be a great feeling for me to beat the man who was the man when I was a young prospect.''
American promoter Bob Arum has offered Horn and trainer Glenn Rushton his home in Las Vegas to train for the Crawford fight and Rushton says Horn will have to lift from his performance against Corcoran.
"We can beat Terence Crawford but he is a great fighter,'' Rushton said.
"Jeff's timing was out against Corcoran because we had to miss two weeks of sparring because of the cut he received in training against Marcus Nelson, one of our sparring partners.''
The cut over Horn's left eye needed eight stitches and seriously hampered his preparation for the fight. It became an immediate target for Corcoran on Wednesday night and needed stitching again yesterday.