Mun­dine cau­tions Horn camp over Craw­ford re­match

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AN­THONY Mun­dine says Jeff Horn’s trainer may get the for­mer-world box­ing cham­pion hurt if they pur­sue plans to earn a re­match with Amer­i­can Ter­ence Craw­ford.

Horn’s trainer Glenn Rush­ton re­vealed their camp was still seething over the way the Aus­tralian lost his WBO world wel­ter­weight belt to Craw­ford in June, in­sist­ing the fight was called off too early by of­fi­cials.

Con­sid­ered the world’s best pound for pound boxer, Craw­ford dom­i­nated Horn to earn a ninth-round stop­page vic­tory at Las Ve­gas — the Aus­tralian’s first ca­reer loss.

Rush­ton said they would use the Novem­ber 30 71kg catch­weight fight with Mun­dine in Bris­bane to show Horn was a wor­thy con­tender for Craw­ford, with plans for a 2019 Sun­corp Sta­dium re­match.

“We thought the (Craw­ford) fight was stopped too soon. We are seething af­ter that — it hurt Jeff,” he said.

“Jeff wants to come back here and daz­zle (against Mun- dine), put on a per­for­mance that he still has the fire in the belly, en route to an­other world ti­tle.”

But Mun­dine be­lieves Rush­ton’s at­ti­tude may get Horn hurt, say­ing Craw­ford out­classed the Aus­tralian “pretty badly” in their June bout and was never go­ing to lose the fight.

“Some­times Glenn’s a bit delu­sional. He be­lieves he’s go­ing to go and he’ll beat Craw­ford in the next round. He’s gonna get his boy in trou­ble, and he could get hurt,” Mun­dine said.

Rush­ton was adamant Horn (18-1-1 record) still had plenty in the tank against Craw­ford and be­lieved he could not only book a Sun­corp Sta­dium re­match as early as next year but also turn the ta­bles on the Amer­i­can.

“We would dearly love to have Craw­ford here in a year or so with two or three fights in the in­terim,” Rush­ton said.

“When we get him (Craw­ford) back here, Jeff would have had a lot more ex­pe­ri­ence and we are very con­fi­dent we can turn the ta­bles.”

Not that Horn’s camp are tak­ing 43-year-old Mun­dine lightly, es­pe­cially af­ter ex­three-time world cham­pion Mun­dine an­nounced the Horn fight would be the last of his 18year ca­reer and vowed to ex­pose the for­mer school­teacher as “hype”.

“This is a tough come­back fight. I don’t un­der­es­ti­mate An­thony Mun­dine at all,” Rush­ton said.

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