Prior to his Australian grudge match against Jeff Horn, Anthony Mundine stated that he would retire at the conclusion of their bout, but Mundine wants a rematch.
The fight between the two former champions ended unexpectedly quickly, with Horn knocking out Mundine in the first round. At the moment, it seemed to be the end of a lengthy boxing career for Mundine, but in a recent interview with Fox Sports Australia, Mundine is looking for a rematch.
The reason for why Mundine wants a rematch and is willing to go back on his word to retire is because he does not want his career to end in the bizarre fashion that it ended. Mundine believes he deserves an immediate rematch and wants one as soon as possible.
“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,” Mundine said.
Mundine said his preparation for the fight went well and believes there was a divine reason for why the fight ended in the manner that it did. Regardless, Mundine wants the rematch.
“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," Mundine said.
The 43-year-old Mundine has previously held the WBA super middleweight title twice throughout his career, facing notable names such Joshua Clottey, Shane Mosley, Mikkel Kessler and Danny Green.