Bin there, done that: Mundine lets fly
MARCO MONTEVERDE ANTHONY Mundine went on the defensive before launching a ferocious verbal attack on Jeff Horn yesterday ahead of the pair’s fight at Suncorp Stadium on November 30.
Perhaps fittingly, Mundine spent time in a garbage bin at his Logan training base as he dished out some trash talk in an attempt to intimidate Horn.
He hit back at insinuations from Horn’s trainer, Glenn Rushton, that he might take diuretics or banned substances to make the fight’s 71kg weight limit.
“That’s some other bullshit … that really pissed me off,” said Mundine, 43, who will reportedly be drug-tested four times before the fight and once after.
“You all know that I’m the most perfect cat out there … I ain’t taking no short cuts. I never drunk, never smoked, never took drugs in my life, any type of drugs — I’m not going to start taking diuretics just to lose weight.
“They want to try to limit me the best they possibly can to get me as vulnerable as I can be, but I’m going to make sure I do everything in my power to be as physically strong as I can be.”
Mundine said Horn would be “nervous”, and was happy to deliver the lip service.
“I’m going to hit him with that first jab, boom — it’s coming all night, you don’t know when it’s coming, but it’s going to come,” he said.
“He’s a good kid, but he’s not in my league, period. I’m out there to prove that even at this age, he can’t beat me.”
Mundine was happy to deliver the lip service Horn isn’t renowned for.
“He can’t trash talk. He’s like watching paint dry — he’s that boring,” Mundine said.
“I’m the cat running the show … You know I’m the most charismatic, flamboyant, explosive athlete you’ve ever had.
“I’m pretty to watch, I’ve got blistering combination, blistering speed, blistering angles and movement.
“You may as well call me Michael Jackson, I’m that dangerous.”