Jeff Horn wants Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin in middleweight super fights

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Former WBO welterweight champion Jeff ‘The Hornet’ Horn 19-1-1 (13) has called out leading middleweights Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 51-1-2 (35) and Gennady ‘Triple G’ Golovkin 38-1-1 (34) after successfully debuting at 156-pounds last year.

The 30-year-old former Brisbane schoolteacher stopped former WBA super middleweight titleholder Anthony Mundine 48-9 (28) in half a round last November. Despite the devastating nature of the loss, the 43-year-old Mundine has called for a rematch, even offering to donate his purse to charity to make the fight happen.

But Horn has already moved on.

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“I’ve just come out of holiday mode into training mode and I’m letting [trainer] Glenn [Rushton] and [promoter] Dean [Lonergan] figure out [which] opponents are ready, who’s available between the April-May time period,” Horn said in an exclusive interview on Sky News.

“I would like a big name, if we can. If we can get a Canelo – he’s a massive name in the sport and he’s beatable, he’s one of the best out there though, but he’s beatable as well.

“Even a Golovkin, going up to the middleweights. Who knows. I like now that I’ve got three divisions that I could potentially get a world title at – welterweight, super welterweight and middleweight.”

Horn said that he was expecting a sterner challenge from Mundine, who he stiffened with a left hook after backing him up with body shots. Referee Phil Austin waved off the fight after a count of seven with Mundine still on the canvas.

“It was a big shock to me, to be honest. I was expecting another big, hard probably 10-12 rounds with Mundine on that night, just like with Pacquiao,” said Horn.

“My second appearance at Suncorp Stadium, it was just a shock to me that I was able to get him that quickly.

“It just shows how hard I trained and, I guess – I don’t like putting Mundine down, but there’s a different level now between me and Mundine.

“He’s past his best now.”


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