That was the biggest fight in Australian boxing? Really?
After months of build-up and silly storylines — and a mind-numbingly long undercard that pushed the main event back until almost midnight — Jeff Horn monstered Anthony Mundine in 96 seconds in their fight in Brisbane.
Mundine said he was a “caged lion” after grabbing Horn by the throat during a tense face-off, but as soon as the bell rang he turned into a timid house cat.
It was an anticlimax on a night that had fans frustrated as every fight on the undercard — bar a fourth-round stoppage of Horn’s younger brother Ben — went the distance.
The delay saw the singing of the national anthem scrapped to save time and to ensure the event didn’t breach Suncorp Stadium’s curfew.
In the end it mattered little as Horn needed less than two minutes to dismantle The Man and bring end to his illustrious career.
Viewers were left stunned after another night of Aussie boxing that failed to deliver.
MUNDINE GIVEN A NICE SEND-OFF
After the fight Mundine was asked if the knockout would be the last time he’d step into the boxing ring.
“It is, man. Jeff was too strong. He just caught me with that good shot. It was meant to be, bro,” he said.
“I want to take my hat off to Jeff. All the smack talk, all the shit I talked, I built the fight, you know what I mean? It’s the entertainment business. But I’m all right. I’m all good.
“I just want to be remembered as somebody that’s real, somebody that speaks the truth. Whether you like me or don’t like me, you were interested. My time’s up.”
Mundine has long been a divisive figure in the national landscape, but despite the copious amounts of backlash he receives. It’s hard to deny his achievements throughout his sporting career.