BRISBANE, Australia -- On Friday night in Brisbane, Jeff Horn did what no man had managed before him; knock out Anthony Mundine in the first round of a professional fight.
Ninety-six seconds into the River City Rumble at Suncorp Stadium, Mundine was on the canvas and down for the count after Horn had tagged him in the body with a right hook and followed it with a left hook to the face. Referee Phil Austin took one look at Mundine before waving the fight off and declaring Horn an early victor.
While Mundine may have been a shadow of his former self at 43 years of age, up until Friday night he had only been stopped three times as a professional and never inside the opening four rounds. It was a statement knockout for Horn and exactly what he needed after being dominated by American superstar Terence Crawford in Las Vegas earlier this year.
Horn's long-time trainer Glenn Rushton was thrilled that his man "dazzled" and he said he hoped it would lead to a rematch with Crawford, although this time he wanted the fight to take place Down Under.
"I think everyone in Australia knows that I want Crawford," Rushton said after the fight. "I know Jeff can beat Crawford and I'd love to see that back at Suncorp Stadium. I think about that constantly.
"One thing I am very bullish on is bringing big fights to Australia. Stuff Vegas, stuff America, let's bring these fights here. You can't beat that atmosphere [in Brisbane], that was just amazing.
"I want to see Jeff Horn bring these big fights to Australia. Let's have them here. I believe we can do it."
While Rushton may be eager to line up another bout with Crawford it's by no means the only fight on his radar.
He said Horn, who jumped two weight classes to fight Mundine, had now opened up more doors in the boxing world.
"I will certainly be looking at all opportunities at welterweight, super welterweight and also the middle weight division," Rushton said. "I know he can make welterweight and I think he showed [against Mundine] he can adapt to super welter or middle weight.
"The other fight I'd love to see is Jeff against Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2). I'd dearly love to see Alvarez come to either super welter or middle.
"There's a lot of opportunities around and Jeff and I will be having a chat about all of these but you've got to go where the big fights are - there's no point fighting the easy fights."
Unlike Rushton, Horn wasn't looking ahead too far after Friday night's victory. Instead, the 30-year-old Queenslander took time to pay respect to Mundine for the 25 years he has spent as an Australian sporting icon.
"I'm not really sure what the next move will be. I guess we've got to sit down and talk about it, it's still pretty fresh," he says.
"I've got nothing but respect for 'Choc'. He's been a supreme athlete for 25 years, he's done amazing things in the sport and I definitely won't be able to catch up to what he has done, that's for sure."