Quick exit brings Mun­dine re­lief

CHAMPWANTSBEACH BOUTAGAINSTPORTER

Sunday Herald Sun - - Boxing -

AN­THONY Mun­dine hopped in his car yes­ter­day for the long drive home to Sydney, re­lieved that his ca­reer was over.

De­spite last­ing just 96 sec­onds against Jeff Horn in their fight at Bris­bane’s Sun­corp Sta­dium on Fri­day night, Mun­dine is at peace know­ing he has fin­ished with an in­cred­i­ble legacy as one of Aus­tralia’s greatest cross-code sport­ing stars.

“I feel like there’s an enor­mous weight been lifted from my shoul­ders,’’ Mun­dine said.

“I’ve got noth­ing else to prove. No one wanted the fight to fin­ish the way it did, but he got a good shot on me.

“It was des­tiny to go out like that. There’s noth­ing more I can give. My life now is all about my chil­dren and their sport­ing dreams. I’m hop­ing they can get as much en­joy­ment out of it as I have.

“I’ve had a rocky re­la­tion­ship with the Aus­tralian sport- ing pub­lic, but I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who got be­hind my ca­reer, watched all my fights and watched all my footy.

“It’s go­ing to be a big change in my life. No more starv­ing my­self. No more train­ing. No more pres­sure. I’m a re­lieved man.”

The fight was the sec­ond­high­est pay-per-view bout in Main Event his­tory be­hind Floyd May­weather and Conor McGre­gor in 2017.

Jeff Horn didn’t ex­pect to win in 96 sec­onds. Pic­ture: ANNETTEDEW

An­thony Mun­dine post-fight.

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