Mundine Claims Race As Reason Horn Is Noticed
Former world champion Anthony Mundine has slammed fellow Australian boxer Jeff Horn, claiming the former school teacher only gets attention because of his skin color.
Mundine, who was speaking to NewsCorp Australia, had hoped to fight Horn this year before the 29-year-old elected to head to the United States for his next bout, described him as the ‘flavor of the month’.
“He’s only the flavor of the month because he is a white boy, just like Danny Green was the white boy,” Mundine, who also called for Australia Day to be moved from January 26, told The Daily Telegraph.
“You’ve just got to look at society – whites get privileges. I don’t care if you’re white, black, brown, whatever, it’s your heart that makes you,” Mundine said.
“But in the western society, whites get privileges, and because Horn is white, he gets all that attention and media coverage.”
Mundine, who has won major titles in three weight divisions since switching transitioning from a rugby player to boxer in 2000, looks for a first win since November 2014, when he returns to the ring on Wednesday against Tommy Browne.
A win on Wednesday would likely earn Mundine a WBO world ranking.
Browne lost featherweight world title fights to In-Jin Chi and Chris John back in 2005 and has moved up through the divisions.
He took a five-year break between 2008 and 2013 and decided to remain in the sport after his younger brother and fellow boxer Davey died of injuries suffered in a bout in late 2015.