Split views in Horn camp on Mundine fight

Vince Rugari
Views differ in Jeff Horn's camp as to whether a clash with Anthony Mundine would be worthwhile

Money or reputation?

That's the choice dethroned champion Jeff Horn needs to make if a tempting offer arrives to fight Anthony Mundine in Australia.

Horn, his trainer-manager Glenn Rushton and Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan have some big decisions to make after the 30-year-old's unbeaten run as a professional was brought to a crashing halt by Terence Crawford.

But it seems there are differing views within his camp as to whether a clash with Mundine would be worthwhile.

It has been talked about since plans for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao fell over last year and reports at the time suggested it could pay Horn about $2 million.

That's only just under what he earned for taking a nine-round beating from pound-for-pound king Crawford in Las Vegas.

Mundine is 43 and well past his prime but remains a publicity machine.

Earlier this year, he slammed Horn as the "flavour of the month" because he was white and said it would "catapult" boxing in Australia to the forefront if they were to fight.

But if Horn still has aspirations of contending for a world title, getting into the ring with Mundine would be a major step backwards.

"One fight that appeals to me like drinking 10 cups of warm sick is Anthony Mundine," Lonergan said.

"I don't have a lot of interest in it. Right at the start we were tasked with (chasing) the big fights.

"While Mundine might be a bit of a big-money fight, it's not exactly going to cover Jeff's career in glory."

Rushton, however, sounds like he could be swayed.

"Mundine is no Crawford. Of course we'd still train hard if we did that fight but Jeff Horn wins that fight," he said.

"Obviously we're here to win the big fights and to me that is a warm-up fight really.

"But if the crowd wanted to see it, I think it could be a changing of the guard.

"Mundine has an awful lot of supporters in Australia and we'd love to win some of those over ... (Horn is) only coming into his prime now."

Rushton and Lonergan have already started canvassing options for Horn's next move but no decision will be made for several weeks.