RUSHTON COOLS TALK OF HORN V MUNDINE
By Tom Watt on Sep 5 2017
Despite increasing speculation and Social Media chatter over the weekend, it seems the potential clash between Queensland’s Jeff Horn and Anthony Mundine will not materialise.
Speculation in Australia had been circulating that a showdown with fellow Australian and former World Champion, Anthony Mundine was on the cards although a statement to the AAP from Horn’s trainer, Glen Rushton has cooled those rumours somewhat:
"Mundine is not the fight that's hot on the radar, but you've got to keep the doors open,"
“There are more suitable opponents, but we are not saying no to anything, because Jeff needs to stay active. - Some would love to see him lose, others would hate it,"
"He's still got plenty of support, but I'm not sure we're seriously considering it."
Rushton’s sentiments certainly indicate that his intentions are for Horn to test himself against the biggest names in the sport and whilst the Mundine fight could generate huge interest domestically, it wouldn’t allow them the chance to capitalise on the publicity generated stateside from Horn’s first win over the Pac Man, a fight that was shown live on ESPN.
It may be that the thinking in the Horn camp is that they need to maintain that momentum with the global audience if they are to continue Horn’s ascent – taking a domestic fight may be seen as a step backwards and, with many American pundits still questioning the legitimacy of Horn’s win over the Pac-Man, (despite an independent WBO review panel confirming the result) they are perhaps looking to put a stamp on that win by adding another well-known name to Horn’s resume.
Rushton also confirmed that Undisputed 140lbs Champion, Terence Crawford and four-weight World Champion, Miguel Cotto were both unavailable this year and thus out of the running for Horn’s first Title defence.
"With those guys no chance of fighting this year, like I said we are searching from the top down, and Lamont or Jessie both having held belts are both in our sights,"
If this is true then Vargas will be an undoubted front-runner to be Horn’s next opponent given Top Rank and Duco’s affiliation – Top Rank will see this as win-win situation and will undoubtedly have Pacquiao lined up to take on the winner as they look to keep that WBO belt within their grasp.
For more on a potential Horn v Vargas fight click here