Former world champion Anthony Mundine spectacularly knocked out Tommy Browne in the main event of Star of the Ring II.
Mundine, 42, took some punishment in the first round, but a flurry of punches at the end of the second round rocked Browne, before a final left hook ended things right before the bell sounded.
The win lifts Mundine into the top-10 of the WBO middleweight rankings, and represents a massive win for ‘The Man’, who admitted a loss would mean the end for his career.
Mundine’s knockout performance does open the door to a potential matchup with Jeff Horn, and ‘The Man’ made no secret of his plans for 2018.
When asked what was next, Mundine (48-8, 28 KOs) called out Horn: “Jeff Horn, we want you, baby. I don’t know if you can handle this.
“I think Australia, the Australian boxing public, would love that domestic fight.
“He can fight Crawford after me. I think we all want that, let’s get it done. I whipped Danny Green, and I’ll whip Jeff Horn.”
Mundine was gracious when reflecting on his knockout of Brown, telling Fox Sports Australia’s Ben Damon: “I really want to be humble in this win, I know how much work fighters put into their preparation.
“I know Tommy left nothing spare to prepare for me, as I did him.
“But I caught him with a better punch tonight.”
And despite Mundine looking dazed early in the first round after Browne landed some nice punches, ‘The Man’ denied ever being hurt: “I was never hurt, never dazed. I swear, I’m telling you...tonight I wasn’t hurt.”
‘The Man’ is far from done, telling Damon: “Age ain’t nothing but a number. I felt good, I felt strong. I told you I’m back.”
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In the undercard, Troy O’Meley took out the split decision victory over Dillon Bargero.
While, young gun Jai Opetaia dominated his fight, after opponent Ben Kelleher injured his right-hand in the second round.
With Kelleher unable to throw anything with his right, it was just a matter of time, and the ref called a stop to the fight in the third.
Elsewhere, Kye MacKenzie downed Argentinian Emiliano Garcia in the fourth round. The fight was stopped after Garcia was knocked down a second time in just a matter of seconds.
The Aussie MacKenzie didn’t exactly shower himself in glory with his post-fight celebration, failing to land his victory backflip.
Meanwhile, ex-NRL star hardman Richie Fa’aoso lost his first professional fight against heavyweight Ben Sila.
The bout, which was 3 x 2 minute rounds, finished in a unanimous decision victory for Sila.