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Anthony Mundine says he holds no fear of Jeff Horn’s vaunted power

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Anthony Mundine 48-8 (28) insists he is not worried about the punching power of Jeff Horn 18-1-1 (12) ahead of their 12-round catchweight bout at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium in Queensland, Australia this Friday night.

The 156.5-pound bout will pit the evergreen 43-year-old former WBA super middleweight titleholder against the 30-year-old former WBO welterweight champion.

Mundine, who has fought as low as junior middleweight and as high as cruiserweight, is coming off a second round one-punch knockout of former two-time world title challenger Tommy Browne in a middleweight contest at The Star Casino in Sydney in January.

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Horn will be having just his third fight above welterweight and his first higher than 151½ -pounds.

“I know they’re banking on me not to be strong, not to be fit enough to go the full 12 rounds with a hungry young bull,” said Mundine, the WBO number nine ranked middleweight.

“I’m not really worried about power… if he don’t hit me then I can’t feel the power. I’ve fought much bigger men. Much broader men. Guys that are a lot more powerful than this guy… he’s the one that’s coming up [in weight].”

The brash Sydneysider believes he has been in with big punchers in the higher weights classes – including Danny Green, Mikkel Kessler and Manny Siaca.

“I’m the one that’s been in the ring with the Greens, the Kesslers, the Siacas in higher weight divisions. This little cat… he can hit me as hard as he wants, he ain’t going to hurt me!” he said.

Horn shot to global fame with his unexpected 12-round unanimous decision victory over international superstar Manny Pacquiao for the WBO 147-pound world title in July last year at the same venue where he will face Mundine. The former schoolteacher successfully defended his title against Gary Corcoran of the UK in December before losing his championship belt to former undisputed junior welterweight champion and lightweight titleholder Terence Crawford in June.

The Horn-Mundine card will be televised live on Foxtel’s Main Event pay-per-view channel in Australia and streamed on the ESPN+ app in the United States.

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