One of Australia’s greatest athletes and divisive sportsmen takes on the local school teacher and giant killer at the Cauldron this Friday night and we are here to break the fight down.
One of the fighters is clearly chasing one last pay cheque, the other, another shot at a possible world title fight against Terrence Crawford.
They are two of the biggest names in Australian Boxing and they will fight at an agreed 71kg after lengthy contract discussions.
No matter what your opinion of this fight there is still money to be made and we have taken a very close look at both fighters to find the best betting value in this unique clash.
Horn vs Mundine Betting
Jeff Horn is the raging favourite to end Anthony Mundine’s career with a loss and is currently $1.17 in betting.
Mundine has drifted out to a quote of $5.00 and it would not surprise if he started at longer odds than this on Friday.
The market is currently split at whether the fight requires the judges decision with $1.88 available for the fight to go the distance and $1.88 for it to be finished within 12 rounds.
Punters also can not work out whether Horn wins via decision or whether he can stop Mundine in Method Of Victory Betting. Both are currently $2.25.
We are also offering $7.00 if you think Jeff Horn can win the fight in rounds 1 to 5.
Horn vs Mundine Recent Form
Anthony Mundine has lost three of his last five fights including his rematch with Danny Green in February last year.
His overall record is quite impressive, however as it has happened so many times before in the fight game, the losses start to stack up at the end of a fighters career.
Jeff Horn was on top of the world after his upset win over Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium in July last year.
Contrary to some opinion he very much deserved that shot against Pacquiao and whether or not you think he actually won the fight it was a gutsy performance.
He proved his class by backing up that win against Gary Corcoran by stopping the Brit in the 11th round of that fight this time last year.
He then got his shot against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world when he fought Terence Crawford at the MGM Grand in June. He was outclassed and lost via TKO in round nine.
How Horn Can Win?
He is young, fast, gutsy and determined to show Australians that he belongs on the world stage.
Before his lost to Crawford, he was undefeated as a professional fighter and despite his detractors his record speaks for itself.
The agreed upon weight plays a very big factor in this fight and it is always much easier going up in weight than it is down, especially when you are in your prime and fighting an ageing fighter.
Horn has traditionally fought at the welterweight limit of 69kg and is naturally a heavy hitter. He has finished 12 of his 18 fights via knock out.
As a comparison Mundine weighed in at 79.6kg before his fight against Danny Green after they agreed to fight at a catch weight of 83kg.
Mundine will need to get down to 71kg at the weigh in however he must also stay under 75kg at a second agreed upon weigh in, two hours before the fight.
Horn has the strength and power to stop an ageing Mundine however he is quick and versatile enough to pick him apart in 12 if he feels that is the way the fight is unfolding.
How Mundine Can Win?
Experience. Mundine has lots of it. Not just as a fighter but as an athlete. From all reports he has been training like a madman in what is more than likely to be his swan song inside the ring.
He is a proud and brash man who would love nothing more than to put a stamp on his legacy in the sport in this country and you can bet he will not let the opportunity pass without giving it his all.
If he can set the tempo of the fight on his terms and use his defensive prowess and unique counter attacking to his advantage, his experience may come into play late in the fight.
Which ever way you look at this fight one thing stands out to me. This is going to be a brutal weight cut for Anthony Mundine especially at age 43. If ‘The Man’ is one thing, it is a professional and you know he will be up for the fight and his confidence levels are through the roof.
His time has passed however and a new era of Australian Boxing is here to take his place and at the moment it takes the form of Jeff Horn.
Best Betting Plays
Jeff Horn To Win By KO @ $2.25
Jeff Horn To Win In Rounds 7-9 @ $5.50