Arum Discusses Options For Horn
Following his victory over Gary Corcoran, there were reports that WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, was considering a fight with Anthony Mundine in an all-Australian showdown, with $2 million guaranteed for the unbeaten champ.
What stands in the way of that fight and the $2 million dollar purse? Horn has a mandatory fight due against Terence Crawford.
With the Crawford fight on the horizon, is Horn seriously contemplating a fight with Mundine as an option?
Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum, claimed in an interview that “…the answer is no and no. He’s not seriously contemplating it because he doesn’t have that option.”
If Horn decided to vacate the title, he could perhaps entertain the Mundine match-up, but that does not seem like an option.
“Jeff is a terrific young man, he just became a father as you know and Glenn Rushton his manager and trainer is a terrific guy,” continued Arum, who added, “I can’t say what it is but we’ve made plans for the next fight for Jeff Horn.”
Crawford, who is also promoted by Arum, became the WBO’s mandatory challenger in 2017, after making his decision to move up in weight after unifying the entire junior welterweight division.
Horn pulled off one of the biggest shockers of 2017, when he fought his way to a twelve round unanimous decision over eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao in July to capture the WBO belt, before a crowd of 51,000 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
There was a rematch clause and the second fight was targeted for last November, but Pacquiao withdrew after citing issues with his work schedule as a senator in the Philippines.
Pacquiao’s return is now being lined up for a date in April – and then Arum wants him to fight the Horn-Crawford winner – if that fight comes off.