Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MARCO MONTEVERDE

AN­THONY Mun­dine went on the de­fen­sive be­fore launch­ing a ver­bal at­tack on Jeff Horn yes­ter­day ahead of their su­per fight at Sun­corp Sta­dium on Novem­ber 30.

Speak­ing at his Lo­gan train­ing base, Mun­dine dished out some trash talk in an at­tempt to in­tim­i­date Horn.

But not be­fore the mul­ti­ple world champ hit back at this week’s in­sin­u­a­tions from Horn’s trainer Glenn Rush­ton that Mun­dine might re­sort to di­uret­ics or banned sub­stances to make the fight’s 71kg weight.

“You all know I’m the most per­fect cat out there … I ain’t tak­ing no short cuts,” Mun­dine said.

“I’m the most clean­est ath­lete Aus­tralia’s ever had.

“I never drunk, never smoked, never took drugs in my life. I’m not go­ing to start tak­ing di­uret­ics just to lose weight. I don’t want to be weak and drained.”

Mun­dine, 43, said Horn, who beat Filipino leg­end Manny Pac­quiao last year to win the WBO wel­ter­weight ti­tle be­fore los­ing the belt to Amer­i­can Ter­ence Craw­ford five months ago, would be “ner­vous” come the fight.

“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 main man. You know I’m the most charis­matic, flam­boy­ant ex­plo­sive ath­lete you’ve ever had.

“I’m ap­peal­ing to the eye, I’m pretty to watch. I’ve got blis­ter­ing com­bi­na­tion, blis­ter­ing speed, blis­ter­ing an­gles and move­ment.”

BIG TALKER: An­thony Mun­dine train­ing at the Lo­gan Box­ing Club and ( right) Jeff Horn’s trainer Glenn Rush­ton.

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