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Saturday, 1 December 2018

'I wasn't doing it for the love no more'


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Anthony Mundine has taken to social media to thank his supporters and make a frank admission about why his bout with Jeff Horn never reached the heights it had promised.

After just 96 seconds Mundine's 25-year sporting career came to an end against Horn in a humbling defeat. What was marketed as the 'River City Rumble' saw Mundine quickly take a River City tumble in the first round at Suncorp Stadium.

At 43, the former NRL-turned-boxing star was simply unable to match Horn - 13 years his junior - and on Saturday night Mundine revealed why.

"Just wanna say thanks for all the support I’ve had one hell of a ride but kinda relieved it’s all over! [sic]" Mundine said on Facebook.

"I wasn’t doing it for the love no more my desire just wasn’t there! I’d find it hard to go to training most days and when that happens you know it’s time!

"So thank you everybody for joining me somewhere on this journey weather you was with or against me you all played a role god bless y’all."

https://twitter.com/Anthony_Mundine/status/1068760865707421698

For all his athletic brilliance, Mundine's outspoken ways have often put him offside with Australia's public and the lead-up to the Horn fight was no different, with the veteran being highly critical of the Australian national anthem and accusing Horn of being the recipient of 'white-man privilege'.

Mundine was booed as he walked into Suncorp Stadium and then cheered when he was floored by Horn.

Not that the public hate is something he is bothered by.

"All the trash I talked, in the end it's an entertainment business and I've got to try and get bums on seats," he said after the loss.

"Obviously a lot of people don't like it, so you're going to get detractors and lovers, supporters. It's part of the game and I'm glad I've really united something for these guys to earn some big dollars."

Horn told the Today show on Sunday that Mundine is a very different person to how he portrays himself as a boxer.

"I think he tries to build the fight up a lot and he knows he's the bad guy, but behind closed doors he's a pretty nice guy so I've got nothing bad to say about him," Horn said.

"He's had a brilliant career. He's carried the sport for so many years, as he said, he's been a professional athlete for 25 years. How can you fault the guy, for doing that, going from one sport to another, and becoming a world champ in one of them."

In his life after boxing, Mundine says he'll continue to campaign against injustice and to use his legacy and story to "uplift and help people" as well as spend some well-earned time with his children.

MUNDINE'S SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS

RUGBY LEAGUE

* Played 127 first grade matches from 1993-2000 for St George, Brisbane and St George Illawarra.

* Played all three matches for NSW in the 1999 State of Origin.

* Won the 1997 Super League premiership with Brisbane.

* Played in the 1996 and 1999 grand finals with the Dragons.

BOXING

* Fought his first professional bout in July 2000 at the age of 25.

* Following Friday's loss to Jeff Horn in Brisbane has a professional record of 48 wins, nine defeats with 28 victories by knockout.

* Won the WBA super-middleweight title twice between 2003 and 2008, the IBO middleweight title from 2009 to 2010 and the WBA interim super-welterweight title from 2011 to 2012.

* Has reportedly earned upwards of $30 million from his boxing career.

- with AAP

Anthony Mundine has taken to social media to thank his supporters and make a frank admission about why his bout with Jeff Horn never reached the heights it had promised.

After just 96 seconds Mundine's 25-year sporting career came to an end against Horn in a humbling defeat. What was marketed as the 'River City Rumble' saw Mundine quickly take a River City tumble in the first round at Suncorp Stadium.

At 43, the former NRL-turned-boxing star was simply unable to match Horn - 13 years his junior - and on Saturday night Mundine revealed why.

"Just wanna say thanks for all the support I’ve had one hell of a ride but kinda relieved it’s all over! [sic]" Mundine said on Facebook.

"I wasn’t doing it for the love no more my desire just wasn’t there! I’d find it hard to go to training most days and when that happens you know it’s time!

"So thank you everybody for joining me somewhere on this journey weather you was with or against me you all played a role god bless y’all."

https://twitter.com/Anthony_Mundine/status/1068760865707421698

For all his athletic brilliance, Mundine's outspoken ways have often put him offside with Australia's public and the lead-up to the Horn fight was no different, with the veteran being highly critical of the Australian national anthem and accusing Horn of being the recipient of 'white-man privilege'.

Mundine was booed as he walked into Suncorp Stadium and then cheered when he was floored by Horn.

Not that the public hate is something he is bothered by.

"All the trash I talked, in the end it's an entertainment business and I've got to try and get bums on seats," he said after the loss.

"Obviously a lot of people don't like it, so you're going to get detractors and lovers, supporters. It's part of the game and I'm glad I've really united something for these guys to earn some big dollars."

Horn told the Today show on Sunday that Mundine is a very different person to how he portrays himself as a boxer.

"I think he tries to build the fight up a lot and he knows he's the bad guy, but behind closed doors he's a pretty nice guy so I've got nothing bad to say about him," Horn said.

"He's had a brilliant career. He's carried the sport for so many years, as he said, he's been a professional athlete for 25 years. How can you fault the guy, for doing that, going from one sport to another, and becoming a world champ in one of them."

In his life after boxing, Mundine says he'll continue to campaign against injustice and to use his legacy and story to "uplift and help people" as well as spend some well-earned time with his children.

MUNDINE'S SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS

RUGBY LEAGUE

* Played 127 first grade matches from 1993-2000 for St George, Brisbane and St George Illawarra.

* Played all three matches for NSW in the 1999 State of Origin.

* Won the 1997 Super League premiership with Brisbane.

* Played in the 1996 and 1999 grand finals with the Dragons.

BOXING

* Fought his first professional bout in July 2000 at the age of 25.

* Following Friday's loss to Jeff Horn in Brisbane has a professional record of 48 wins, nine defeats with 28 victories by knockout.

* Won the WBA super-middleweight title twice between 2003 and 2008, the IBO middleweight title from 2009 to 2010 and the WBA interim super-welterweight title from 2011 to 2012.

* Has reportedly earned upwards of $30 million from his boxing career.

- with AAP

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