The 43-year-old said after a workout before the fight: “They’re talking about playing the anthem. If they play the anthem I’m sitting down,” Mundine said. “I can’t stand for that, it’s a white supremacist song."
The former NRL star has regularly pointed to his indigenous heritage as the reason he didn’t play more representative football and he said Horn — who became a national hero after upsetting boxing legend Manny Pacquiao in 2017 — has only been put on a pedestal because of the colour of his skin.
Horn claimed the WBO welterweight title by overcoming the Filipino at Suncorp Stadium last July before losing his strap to American Terence Crawford in Las Vegas in June.
He’ll enjoy the backing of a home crowd keen to see him start on the right foot as he launches a bid for another title charge, but Mundine says there’s more to his popularity than just winning over the public with his story of the bullied school kid who became a world champion.
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