Anthony Mundine has compared himself to Michael Jackson as he’s announced his intention to make a comeback two months on from his retirement.
Mundine, arguably the most polarising figure in Australian sport, has appeared on breakfast TV show Sunrise on Thursday to confirm he is chasing a rematch with Jeff Horn because “‘The Man’ can’t go out like that”.
Mundine, 43, retired shortly after he was knocked out in just 96 seconds by Horn at Suncorp Stadium last November.
Following the quick defeat, Mundine was asked if the first round loss was really the end of the of his 18-year boxing career.
But Mundine (48-9) has now had a change of heart despite the brutal first-round knockout.
“I’m not retiring, I’m coming back. I might be the Michael Jackson, I’m going to come back from the dead,” Mundine told Sunrise on Thursday.
“[I wanted to] have that fight and win that fight. The way things turned out, ‘The Man’ can’t go out like that. I can’t go out in that fashion. I want to get the get back with Horn,” he said.
“Obviously if I lose again, I’m done, [but] I feel too good and too fresh. The last fight against Horn was God’s will.”
Mundine also called for “an immediate rematch” in December because Horn “got lucky” but few, if anybody, took him seriously.
At the time, Horn (19-1-1), laughed off the claims saying Mundine was “past his best”.
But this time Mundine seems to at least have plans in place to earn a rematch with Horn.
With Horn, best known for his 2017 upset victory over Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO welterweight crown, moving onto bigger and brighter pastures, Mundine knows he needs to get some more runs on the board before Horn’s camp will show any interest in a rematch.
Mundine said nothing is confirmed, yet, but negotiations are underway for him to fight Melbourne-based Michael Zerafa in a domestic clash.
Zerafa (25-3) last fought in December when he lost, via unanimous decision, to former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook in England.
“Zerafa is a good fighter,” Mundine told Sunrise.
“He’s come back from England after a good performance against Kell Brook. He didn’t win, but he put up a good fight.
“I just want that get back with Horn,” he said.