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Furious Mundine vows to make Horn pay over 'insulting' drugs jibe

Brisbane Times logo Brisbane Times 6 days ago Adrian Proszenko

Angry Man: Anthony Mundine is furious about suggestions he would cheat to make the weight. © James Brickwood Angry Man: Anthony Mundine is furious about suggestions he would cheat to make the weight. Anthony Mundine has hit back at suggestions from Jeff Horn’s camp that he may be tempted to take prohibited substances to make the weight, vowing to make his opponent pay for “insulting” his reputation.

Under the terms of the contract for the Suncorp Stadium stoush on November 30, the Horn camp has the right to have Mundine’s blood and urine tested up to five times. Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton said the measure ensured the former footballer wouldn’t be taking any “shortcuts” via diuretics or prohibited substances.

Mundine conceded it would be a challenge to come down to the 71-kilogram limit after fighting Danny Green at the cruiserweight limit of 90.7 just last year. However, the 43-year-old – an outspoken campaigner against the dangers of drugs and alcohol – took offence at any suggestion he would cheat to do so.

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“Very, very insulting,” Mundine told Fairfax Media.

“It’s disappointing on their behalf because I’m the cleanest guy in the sport.

“I’ve never taken any drugs ever. I go out into communities and preach these things and I can’t be a hypocrite. I wouldn’t do that, I would never do any type of drug.

“For them to insinuate this and that – they can say what they want, but it’s disappointing.

"They have started something that I need to finish, if you know what I mean.”

Mundine said he had been tested countless times during his boxing and league careers and would use Rushton’s words as motivation to beat his charge.

“Definitely man. I’m anti-drugs in every way shape and form,” he said.

“They can drug test us all they want.

“His trainer is one of the most delusional guys I know. He’s the same dude who reckons [Horn] could have beat [Terence] Crawford with one more round.

“He’s delusional. He could get his boy hurt. I want him to do the right thing by Jeff and make sure he’s looked after rightly.

“Him and [Horn’s promoter Dean] Lonergan, they are going to get their boy busted up. They are going to give me that drive to hurt this man. And I haven’t looked at Jeff like that. But because of these two, I am going to give him an arse-whipping.”

The contract stipulates that the fighters will weigh in the day before the bout and then again two hours before they enter the ring. If Mundine comes in over the 71kg or 75kg limits respectively, he will have to pay a fine of $20,000 per 100 grams for the first kilo and then $500,000 for every kilogram over after that.

“I shouldn’t have agreed to that, looking back. I just wanted to get the fight done,” Mundine said.

“I shouldn’t have given them the satisfaction. But Inshallah, God willing, it won’t be a problem anyway.

“I don’t want to give them nothing. I will be coming in under 71, Inshallah.”

Horn, 13 years Mundine’s junior, is a heavy favourite. He will be fighting at a weight that he will comfortably make, against an opponent who has lost three of his last five fights. However, Mundine said he would leave nothing in reserve for his farewell fight.

“I want to go out with a blaze of glory, going out The Man I am,” he said.

“I want to be triumphant.”

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